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May 6, 2014
The Best Ground Beef Tacos
by Melanie Gunnell

Tacos are one of my favorite Mexican-style dishes. My kids also love them but we hardly ever eat them anymore because the pre-packaged taco seasoning is hard on their tummies — it makes them feel sick (and my husband, too, actually).

So I decided to take matters into my own hands and I opened my copy of Joy of Cooking, knowing there was probably a solution inside. There was! And let me tell you, there is no going back to the store-bought taco seasoning after making your own. These tacos were terribly delicious and are now in my tried-and-true binder of go-to meals. I love success stories like this!

The Best Ground Beef Tacos
Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 3/4 cup chopped onion

  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey

  • 1 to 3 garlic cloves

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced fine (alternately, you can add hot pepper sauce to taste or canned jalapenos OR just leave out the heat altogether, although I think the meat really needs a little kick and adding the jalapeno without seeds didn't make the dish overly spicy)

  • Taco shells

  • Additional taco garnishes

Directions

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the oil and chopped onion. Cook, stirring often, until the onion is softened, about 4-5 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up the meat into smaller chunks, until it is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Off the heat, drain the grease from the meat.

  2. Return the skillet to the heat and stir in the garlic, chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Cook for about 30 seconds and then add the tomato sauce and jalapeno. Turn the heat to low and simmer the meat mixture for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve in taco shells with your choice of toppings.

Recipe Source: adapted from the Joy of Cooking


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About Melanie Gunnell

Melanie Gunnell is a food-loving, chocolate-obsessed mom who has a desperate need to share her favorite tried-and-true recipes with the world. In a past life she graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in public health, but for the past ten years, stay-at-home motherhood has been her job along with blogging-from-home for the past five.

She resides in the brilliantly cold tundra of Northern Minnesota with her husband and their brood of five children: four boys and one tiny, bossy girl. Dark chocolate (particularly the act of shoving chocolate chips in her mouth whilst hiding in the pantry) is her coping skill of choice for both the never-ending winters and the never-ending wrestling matches in her front room.

http://www.melskitchencafe.com/

Calling(s): Primary pianist, CTR 6/7 Primary teacher, Activity Day leader

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