I am the shortcut queen when it comes to making dinner. I like to save time and energy just as much as the next gal but at the same time, I don't want to sacrifice taste or quality.
My kids love tacos. Not the gourmet, sliced skirt steak with fresh pico de gallo kind of tacos - I'm talking about the hard shell, ground beef kind of tacos. I can't say that I share their admiration for this kind of tacos but every once in a while I make them, just because they love it.
I shouldn't really complain about their taco love because it's a super simple dinner. I buy a box of taco shells, a pound of ground beef (sometimes I secretly swap it out for turkey) and a packet of taco seasoning. What could be simpler?
A few years ago, while I was frying up my ground beef I happened to turn my seasoning packet over and read the list of ingredients. I was shocked! First of all, it was LOADED with sodium and even worse than that is that it had MONO-SODIUM GLUTAMATE! MSG, really? They can still sell that stuff?
I thought maybe it was my brand of seasoning so I went back to the grocery store in search of an MSG-free taco seasoning packet. I couldn't find one! This was alarming.
Hard Shell Oven Tacos
2 lbs ground turkey
1 small onion diced
1 small can diced green chilies
1 recipe for Homemade taco seasoning (below)
1 (8 ounce) can low sodium tomato sauce
1 (16 ounce) can fat free refried beans
2 cups shredded reduced fat Colby-jack cheese
18-20 hard taco shells
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
We like pretty simple toppings on our tacos. (lettuce, salsa and on rare occasions - black olives.)
Courtney said that these tacos tasted just like the mini tacos that we get from trader joes. (I'm 99% sure that she meant that as a compliment.) Anyway, I thought they were super tasty.
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