Ground Meat

Tacos

It’s Taco night!!

Everyone loves some form of taco, they are a fantastic crowd pleaser as well as a fast meal during a busy week

We use ground turkey in this recipe but you can substitute whatever ground meat you like

We find ground turkey is a great alternative in dishes like this as it takes on a lot of flavor and has less fat, so don’t be afraid to try it


So let’s start with some onion, garlic and jalapenos

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Peel and chop the onion a well as the garlic

I cut the stems off the jalapeno pepper, then slice it in half lengthwise

If you want less heat, remove the membrane and seeds by easily pulling the tip of a teaspoon along the inside of the pepper

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Once the pepper is cleaned out, cut into a small dice

I also recommend trying a piece of jalapeno.  Peppers vary in their level of heat and you may want to scale back how much you use, depending on how hot the pepper is

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Heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over medium heat

Add in the onions, garlic and jalapeno, and cook 8-10 minutes or until they start to soften

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The onions, peppers and garlic should have caramelized nicely

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Next add in the ground meat

We are cooking for a large crowd so we are using a 3 pound family pack (if using less, adjust your seasoning accordingly)

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Break the meat up into smaller pieces using a spatula, until cooked through, around 10-12 minutes

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Next, we will need some flavor

Taco seasoning is simple to make, you can control the ingredients and not have added preservatives

Taco Seasoning

Since this is a large batch, I’m using 3-4 tablespoons of taco seasoning (try it as you add, remember, you can always add more but you can’t take away), 1/2 cup of water and 3 tablespoons of Gravy Master

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Add the taco seasoning to the meat along with the water and Gravy Master

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 Stir to combine

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Allow to cook another 5-6 minutes, so the flavors are incorporated

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This step is optional depending on your taste

We are using a handful of fresh cilantro (we love our fresh herbs!)

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Give them a chop

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Sprinkle the cilantro over the taco meat

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This is a great trick we picked up along the way to heat your taco shells

Flip a muffin tin over and place the shells between the cups

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Fill with some cheddar and heat according to the taco shell package

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Oh, are we starting our taco out with gooey melted cheese?

Oh yes we are!

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Add the meat to the shells along with your favorite toppings!

We like lettuce, olives, jalapenos, extra cheese, sour cream, lime wedges and of course our Garden Fresh Salsa!!!

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Enjoy!!!

Simply Sundays! ~ Tacos

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

3 pounds of ground turkey

1 large onion

4 garlic cloves

1 jalapeno (seeds and membranes removed)

3-4 tablespoons of taco seasoning

1/2 cup of water

3 tablespoons of Gravy Master

2 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Taco shells

8 ounces of cheddar cheese for the taco shells

Your favorite toppings

Directions

Peel and chop the onion as well as the garlic.  Cut the stems off the jalapeno pepper, then slice in half lengthwise, then remove the membrane and seeds by easily pulling the tip of a teaspoon along the inside of the pepper, finely dice the peppers

Heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over medium heat.  Add in the onions, garlic and jalapeno, and cook 8-10 minutes or until they start to soften

Next add in the ground turkey.  Break the meat up into smaller pieces using a  spatula, until cooked through, around 10-12 minutes

Add in 3-4 tablespoons of taco seasoning to the meat along with a 1/2 cup of water and 3 tablespoons of Gravy Master and stir to combine.  Allow to cook another 5-6 minutes, so the flavors are incorporated.  Remove from the heat and sprinkle with some fresh chopped cilantro.  Taste and adjust seasoning with kosher salt and ground black pepper if needed

Place some taco shells in the bottom side of a muffin tin between the cups.  Sprinkle cheddar cheese in each shell and bake according to the packages directions.  Add in the taco meat and toppings of your choice

Tools used to make this recipe

Architec Carving Board, Gripperwood

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Mini Prep Glass Bowl

Wilton Non-Stick Bakeware Muffin Pan

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13 comments on “Tacos

  1. I love your taco holder trick! Clever. 😀 These look delicious!

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  3. These tacos look so good and I’m loving that cheesy bottom layer!

  4. Lesli Schwartz

    We need Taco night every night, don’t you think? I love how you used the upside down muffin tin for a taco holder. Genius!

    • simplysundaysfoodblog

      Yes, we love tacos!! And thanks! It’s a great hack! 🙂

  5. You can never go wrong with tacos! I love all the flavor you added to yours. SO tasty.

  6. Beth Neels

    Tacos are a food group in my house! I love that you add the jalapeno with the garlic and onions! I can’t wait to try this!

  7. I found fresh jalapenos for the first time last week (here in Italy they’re not so popular) so I made burritos! Now I want to make these tacos. Love the way you heat them and put cheese first!

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