You know the kind you had as kids with ground beef, shredded cheese, sour cream and iceberg lettuce?
Let’s not forget the crunchy taco shells.
I can’t lie-I do love these in an old school, reminiscing sort of way.
Heck, I even like the ones from Taco Bell.
However, as all things they can be so much better! Skinnier and healthier too.
Let’s break it down:
Ground beef: Swap in ground chicken and add in antioxidant boosting green peppers and onions
Shredded cheese: Swap in natural sharp cheddar, so you just need un poquito. (A tiny bit)
Iceberg lettuce: Swap out this zero nutrient topping and add in chopped superfood baby spinach and diced cilantro
Sour cream: Swap in all natural, skinnier Greek Yogurt and a big squeeze of lime
Crunchy taco shells: Swap in organic crunchy (like the ones from Garden of Eatin’) or whole grain or crain soft shells
Here’s What You Need For Healthier Taco Meat:
1 lb ground chicken (preferably organic)
½ of a large white onion, diced
1 small or ½ large green pepper, diced
4 TBS All natural taco seasoning* (Like Penzey’s Bold Taco Seasoning)
Extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely diced
Topping options: Greek yogurt, spinach, tomatoes, avocado, sharp cheddar, lime
Here’s What You Do:
Heat a pan over medium high and add the onions and the green pepper until they start to soften. (A couple of minutes) Add in the meat, really breaking it up with a spoon. Press it down into the pan and cook for about 2 minutes, flip and stir in garlic. Cook another two or three minutes or until most of the pink is gone. Add in the taco seasoning and ¾ cup of water. Simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Build your taco adding in all your favorite toppings.
4 TBS of the Bold was a bit spicy for my kids, so next time I will add only 3 and then add a jalapeno to the adult portion of the meat. Kids probably will shy away from the spinach and tomatoes, so instead of topping the tacos with them, stir in the spinach and tomatoes the last couple minutes of cooking (for their portion)mand they will “melt” into the meat. Of course topping with a bunch of cheese will cover up that it is not the usual ground beef .