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Tacos are a regular menu item in my house. Doesn’t matter what the day, the kids are constantly requesting something resembling tacos. Being the creative type who doesn’t much care to cook the same thing every night, I’ve had to come up with some alternatives to “just tacos”.
1. Walking Tacos
This has quickly become a favorite around here. Replace taco shells with Doritos, and you’ve got yourself a walking taco.
2. Baked Tacos Cups
Grease a muffin pan with cooking spray, then arrange flour taco shells in the pan. Spray shells with butter-flavor cooking spray (this makes them crunchy). Fill with taco meat and cheese, and bake at 375* for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and taco shells are crispy. We top our’s with sour cream and home-grown tomatoes, although other taco toppings can be used as well.
These are the same as the baked taco cups, but minus the muffin pan. Fill a flour taco shell with cooked taco meat and shredded cheese, place on a pan and bake at 375* for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remember to spray with a butter-flavored cooking spray so the taco shells are crispy. Top with sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce, or other favorite taco toppings.
Other ideas include taco salads, taco soup, or casseroles. These we don’t use as often, since we aren’t big lettuce eatters. Plus, we like to keep our meals simple. When in a rush, regular tacos or walking tacos are the easiest, but once in awhile a change is needed and we fire up the oven.
My first experience with walking tacos was not a good one. We were at a craft show, and lunch options included a varaity of meals using ground beef. Great idea in theory making multiple different meals out of one big batch of meat, but they failed to realize how unappealing greasy hamburger meat is in a Dorito bag.
Flash forward a few years later, when my significant other requests walking tacos for supper. I was hesitant, because in my mind I had already decided I didn’t like them. It took a little convincing, but I finally decided to give them another shot. I’m so very glad I did, and we’ve made it more than a dozen times since.
To make walking tacos, you need to first start with good taco meat. I recommend making our perfect taco meat. There really is no other way to make it if you want awesome tacos.
Next, you’ll need chips. We always buy a big bag of Doritos, then dish up the chips in bowls.
The rest is a matter of personal preference. Sour cream, cheese, tomatoes, taco sauce, lettuce…whatever you like on a taco should be tossed into your bowl.
That’s it! Fantastic walking tacos your family will love you for! Just be sure to cook your meat right, and they will be perfect. 😉
You’ve got a pound of ground beef. Now what to do with it? Here are a few of our favorite easy dinner ideas with ground beef:
This is our favorite meal around here, and it’s made on a regular basis. Not just any taco meat will do though! See our suggestions on cooking perfect taco meat. If you have just a pound of hamburger, this is usually enough for 2 kids and 2 adults if your serving a few sides or load up on the toppings. The taco meat recipe can also be done with 2 pounds without problems.
– Hamburgers or Beef Burgers
No duh right? But sometimes we forget that sometimes ground beef can be just ground beef. You can make it interesting by adding different sauces or veggies. One of my favorite restaurant meals is a hamburger with avocado and mushrooms. YUM!
Not a very complicated dish, and recipes are usually pretty easy to find. If your missing specific ingredients, there’s always room for improvising. Such as crackers for bread crumbs or adding your own special flair to the dish. If you need a basic meatloaf recipe, try this Amish meatloaf.
This ground beef dinner idea doesn’t have to be complicated either. Sometimes all we add is a can of beans (any kind on hand) and a can of Italian diced tomatoes. Really easy, really fast. Plus both the kids will eat it without complaints. You can add your own ingredients and really get to experimenting with this too.
That’s it! Pretty simple right? If you have any easy dinner ideas with ground beef you’d like to share, please feel free to leave your comments!