Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tacos with Ground Beef and Guacamole

My lettuce crop has been absolutely exploding! I thought I should probably use some in a recipe, and since I have been craving Mexican food, tacos came to mind. Tacos were a regular at my house growing up, but they almost always included sour cream and cheese. I decided to try to make a flavorful taco without the dairy.

The meat is cooked with onions and garlic, then seasoned with a spicy, smoky spice mix. The guacamole is simple, only avocado, lime, cilantro and tomatoes. Extra tomatoes are piled on top, along with fresh, chopped lettuce. Each taco is wrapped in a yellow corn shell and devoured with a sprinkling of lime juice.

Try this version of tacos for a healthy, flavorful meal tonight!

Tacos with Ground Beef and Guacamole
Serves 4

1 lb ground beef, 97% meat, 3% fat
1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper

1 large avocado
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped, 1/4 reserved for topping
1 handful cilantro, chopped
1/2 lime, juiced

lettuce leaves, chopped
lime wedges
yellow corn tortillas

1. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Cook until garlic begins to brown. Remove from pan and set aside. Cook beef until there is no more pink. Stir in spices, set aside.
2. To make guacamole, mash avocado in a bowl. Stir in lime juice, tomatoes and cilantro.
3. To serve: heat tortillas over medium heat in a nonstick saute pan. Top with beef mixture, guacamole, lettuce, diced tomato and sprinkle with lime juice.


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