Go-To Taco Meat

This is the recipe for my Go-To Taco Meat that I seriously make almost every week.  Beast looks at my weekly menu more on that later for it each week and will ask if it isn’t there when I’m making it next.  This recipe makes plenty for dinner and next day lunches too.  And the kids have no idea how many veggies they are eating.

Go-To Taco Meat
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 can diced green chilies
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 box hard taco shells
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • few glugs your favorite beer
  • topping shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup zucchini, chopped (optional)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped (optional)
  • sour cream for topping (optional)
  • shredded lettuce for topping (optional)
  • fresh tomatoes, diced  for topping (optional)
1. Put on Sesame Street for the kids
2. Open a beer and take a swig. You have to make sure the bottle is good prior to using it in a recipe. Seriously.
3. Put on your favorite Pandora mix. I recommend “Today’s Indie Radio.”
4. Brown meat.
5. While meat is browning, chop onion, red pepper, carrots and any other veggies. (Do carrots first since you add them next.) 
6. Once meat is browned, drain (if there is a pourable amount of fat).
7. Add carrots and cook for 5 minutes.
8. Add other vegetables and cook about 5 minutes (until onions are tender).
9. Add seasoning packet to the meat and stir.
10. If at any time the bottom of the pan gets crusty (technical term) deglaze the pan with a glug of beer. Once beer is in the pan, scrape the bottom of the pan to get all the good stuff (flavor) off the bottom.
11. Add can of green chilies.
12. Drain and rinse can of black beans.
13. Add can of black beans.
14. Serve meat in taco shells with cheese, sour cream and other toppings. Can serve with a side of spanish rice (prepared box).
15. Watch your children eat veggies they have no idea about. (Evil cackle quietly to yourself.)

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6-8 servings

Taco meat when it is finished.

So there you have it.  This is not anything fancy but it goes over really well with my family and tastes great for lunch the next day.  It is also really flexible and you can make it different depending on what you have on hand.

Hope it works for you too!

Happy cooking!


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