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Classic Tacos!
with iceberg lettuce and avocado salad

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min

Who doesn't love a classic taco night? This taco bar is a fun dinner that everyone will love. Our vegetarians have a bean filling and the paleo version uses an eggplant 'shell'. Don't skimp out on the fun toppings though!

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Taco Night:
  • Lean ground beef - 1 lb
  • Coriander - 3/4 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Chili powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, minced
  • Jalapenos - 2, diced
  • Onions - 1, diced
  • Iceberg lettuce - 1/4 head, sliced
  • Cheese (opt) - 2 oz, grated ((Like cheddar, Monterey, Colby))
  • Cooking oil - 2 Tbsp
  • Crushed tomatoes - 3/4 cup
  • Tomato paste - 1 Tbsp
  • Lime - 1/2, sliced into wedges
  • Taco shells - 8 ((Use smaller tortillas if you prefer))
  • Sour cream (opt) - 1/2 cup
  • Salsa - 1/2 cup ((Pick a tub of your favorite salsa.))
Iceberg Lettuce and Avocado Salad:
  • Iceberg lettuce - 1/4 head, sliced
  • Avocado - 1, cubed
  • Paprika - 1/4 tsp
  • Red wine vinegar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Cooking oil - 3 Tbsp ((like grapeseed, vegetable, or avocado))

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Prep

  1. Ground meat - Season with coriander, cumin, paprika, salt, and chili powder. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead).
  2. Garlic / Jalapenos / Onions / Lettuce / Cheese - Prep as directed. For jalapenos, the fewer seeds you use, the less spicy the taco filling will be. Just wash your hands thoroughly after touching seeds. If you’re also making Thursday’s dinner, you can grate some cheese for your breakfast burritos too. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

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Make

  1. Make vinaigrette (double if you’re making Thursday’s dinner) by whisking together paprika, red wine vinegar, sugar, and oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then garlic, jalapenos, onions, and a bit of salt to heated oil. Saute until softened, ~3 minutes.
  3. Next add in ground meat and break up with a wooden spoon. Saute until broken up into smaller pieces, 4 to 6 minutes. Add in crushed tomatoes and tomato paste and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes until meat is cooked through. Season to taste with salt, pepper and any of the spices.
  4. Cube avocado and slice lime into wedges. Toss chopped iceberg lettuce and avocado with vinaigrette for salad (reserve half for Thursday if you doubled). Spread out your taco bar: taco shells, meat filling, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, lime wedges, and salsa and let everyone assemble their own tacos and enjoy with salad. You’ll be using sour cream and salsa later on in the week, so make sure to not eat it all!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (90)
Gluten-free (4)
Paleo (7)
Vegetarian (13)

47 reviews

Between a 3 and 4. Super easy, yummy, flavorful. Wasn’t out of this world or unique, but definitely would make again.

By: Lauren
Posted: Mar 31, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I left out the jalapeños (we don’t like too much spice) and stirred in some canned black beans at the end. Wow!! These were amazing!!

By: Erin
Posted: Feb 04, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Little too spicy for our liking but id just leave the jalapeño out next time!

By: Trent
Posted: Oct 18, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Reading the reviews, I know it said they were just Tacos, but what I really liked about this recipe is that the taco seasoning was made from scratch. You knew exactly what was going into it, where you do not know what kind of additives, preservatives, or extra salt you are getting with the pre-packaged seasoning. My family and I really enjoyed it, and I will mkae this again!

By: Brian
Posted: Jan 29, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Ok. It's just tacos. But I have a super picky eater who barely eats any meat and she loved these! This will be a new staple in our hous!

By: Heather
Posted: Dec 15, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Just solid classic tacos - nothing special but good

By: JESSICA
Posted: Aug 31, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful