Angela's Ground Beef TacosTuesday, May 14, 2013
Welcome to another #TacoTuesday in my kitchen! As much of a mini-foodie my son Jaden has become over the past year, every now and then he asks for something age appropriate. "Mom, can't we just do 'normal' tacos for a change?" By normal he meant what most of us grew up on - regular old ground beef tacos. I have to admit, a return to a childhood staple wasn't a bad idea for a new recipe either. Of course, I've found a few ways over the years to make these healthier than what we grew up on, and replaced that Old El Paso box kit with more wholesome ingredients. One of the problems with ground beef tacos can be the salt content which usually stems from using a seasoning packet. Enter real spices. Seriously - why even bother with those packets when you can get better, fresher flavor simply by mixing your own blends? I also added chipotle peppers for a nice smoky, spicy kick. The next issue with ground beef tacos can be the fat content. A few ways to lower that - use better quality and leaner ground beef, go easy on the cheese, replace sour cream with Greek yogurt, and bake fresh corn tortillas instead of frying or using the boxed shells. Finally, you can always work some veggies into your system so I used chopped kale & spinach instead of lettuce, as well as fresh tomatoes. Same great taste you grew up with (better actually), with a whole lot less guilt. These changes are so minor they won't even take you that much longer than it would have taken to make the processed version, but you'll definitely notice the difference in flavor. I hope you enjoy this one - I know Jaden definitely did!