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Classic Tacos
with Romaine and avocado salad

Active: 40 min Total: 40 min

While we love to mix up the flavors in our tacos, there's something undeniably great about a classic taco made with ground beef, crispy taco shells, and our go-to toppings. This recipe was last featured in 2017.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Taco Seasoning:
  • Chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
Classic Tacos:
  • Cheese, Colby Jack - 3 oz, grated (sub cheddar)
  • Lettuce, romaine - 1/2 heart, finely chopped
  • Onions, red and medium - 1/4 diced
  • Tomatoes, medium - 1, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Beef, ground - 1 lb
  • Salsa, store-bought - 1/4 cup + 1/4 cup
  • Taco seasoning (ingredients listed separately) - 1 Tbsp
  • Taco shells - 8 (use soft tortillas if you prefer)
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1/2 cup (sub sour cream)
Romaine and Avocado Salad:
  • Vinegar, red wine - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/8 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 3 Tbsp
  • Lettuce, romaine - 1 1/2 hearts, chopped
  • Avocados - 1, cubed

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Prep

  1. Make spice mix - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating before continuing with prep.) Combine chili powder, ground coriander, cumin (portion for spice mix), paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together vinegar, mustard, honey, and cumin (portion for salad). Add oil (portion for salad) while whisking. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Cheese / Lettuce (for tacos and salad) - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Onions / Tomatoes / Avocados - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 375F / 190C.
  2. Heat a large skillet with oil (portion for tacos) over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and cook, breaking it apart, until nearly cooked through, 7 to 8 minutes. Add spice mix and stir until fragrant, ~1 minute more. Stir in first portion of salsa and continue cooking until beef is fully cooked and any extra liquid cooks off.
  3. Place taco shells on a sheet pan and bake in oven until warm and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Toss together lettuce (portion for salad), avocados, and vinaigrette until salad is dressed to your liking.
  5. Set out taco toppings to assemble at the table - taco shells, cheese, lettuce (portion for tacos), onions, tomatoes, beef, second portion of salsa, and yogurt.
  6. Serve tacos with salad on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

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Gluten-free (0)
Paleo (1)
Vegetarian (10)

Most Helpful

Quick and easy! Used impossible meat and a bag of steamed veggies instead of a salad. Added a 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes for some spice but could have easily done a 1/2 tsp without it being too much.

By: Nicole
Posted: Sep 10, 2020
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

17 reviews

So fast and tasty!

By: Erica
Posted: Feb 19, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Lame

By: Leisl
Posted: Jan 28, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved the seasonings in the beef mixture. This was a family favorite. I didn’t make the salad.

By: Pat
Posted: Jan 11, 2021
Diet: Original
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Lentil tacos are a great vegetarian option! I haven't had crispy tacos in forever.

By: Karin
Posted: Oct 23, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
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Simple but hits the spot. I thought the salad would be boring but the dressing was fantastic (we kicked it up with a bit extra cumin)

By: Jenna
Posted: Oct 18, 2020
Diet: Original
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I opted for the salad option. Hubby did tacos. Everyone happy! Taco Tuesday at our house :) Subbed ground turkey for beef. Eliminated added oil to cooking turkey.

By: Alyssa
Posted: Oct 06, 2020
Diet: Original
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