Yay, taco night! It’s right up there with pizza night, pizza night and, of course, breakfast for dinner night! But taco night does get boring and honestly, the kids never put the chopped tomatoes and lettuce on them. Just meat, cheese and taco shell. So I found this Pin that mixes tomatoes and beans in with the meat. Smart and really tasty. The pin also has a recipe for taco seasoning which is great because I recently bought four packets at Aldi only to read the sodium content:
Yup, the fine print says: 460mg in a serving, a serving being 2 teaspoons, and the packet contains 6 servings! Holy Salt! I’m not eating that, and neither are my kids. Even if the packet was only $0.25. I followed the pin and found this great recipe for homemade taco seasoning that tastes just like the packet only without all the sodium. I tweeked the recipe a bit because of the kids (less heat) and lowered the salt amount. Here’s what I made:
2 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1 tsp pepper
Put all spices in a jar, cover and shake to mix. Done.
Now onto the tacos. I also tweeked the original recipe based on what I had in the pantry and fridge. I did not make the taco shells, I used hard tacos I had. I also used some lower fat ingredients including these:
- 1-1/4 lbs ground all white turkey
- 1/2 can fat-free refried beans
- 15 ounce fire roasted crushed tomatoes
- 2 Tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning
- 1 – 2 cups shredded cheddar and/or monterey jack cheese
- 12-15 hard taco shells
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown the ground turkey in a saucepan. Liquify the can of tomatoes in a food processor leaving some chunks. Add to browned turkey along with refried beans, seasoning and a 1/4 cup of water. Cook on low heat till combined. Spoon mixture into taco shells. Place filled shells into a 9×13 pan, standing up. Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake for 5 – 7 minutes or until cheese is melted. Add your own toppings or leave them alone and dig in.