Ground Beef Tacos with a Zesty Guacamole

Ground Beef Tacos with a Zesty Guacamole
Staff
Tacos
Veer Danny Hooks
Tacos

Growing up taco night always meant Old El Paso with its distinctive Mexican seasoning and "sauce." People always ask, "How can you improve on something perfect?" Well, I suggest experimenting because you miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take. Potentially, I could create the world's greatest ground beef taco from this week's recipe challenge (likely not).

Click here to see the Cozy Comfort Food Recipes story.

3
Servings
615
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

*Note: You can find this brand in the international foods aisle of your grocery store, or online.

Ingredients

For the guacamole

  • ripe Hass avocados, halved and seeded
  • 1/4  white onion, chopped
  • tomato, chopped finely
  • 1/4  cup  cilantro, minced
  • lime, juiced, plus more to taste
  • Salt, to taste

For the tacos

  • 1/2  white onion, chopped
  • tomato, chopped
  • 1  pound  ground beef
  • Dash of  chili powder
  • 3  tablespoons  Old El Paso Mexican seasoning
  • 12  taco shells
  • head of lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2  cup  guacamole (see above)
  • 6  ounces  shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • One  16-ounce jar mild salsa, preferably Green Mountain Gringo*

Directions

For the guacamole

Slice a checkerboard pattern into the flesh of the avocado without piercing the skin. Then, using a spoon, scoop the flesh into a bowl.

Combine the onion, tomato, cilantro, and lime juice in a bowl. Season with salt, to taste. Mash the ingredients together using a fork until you reach the desired consistency (I prefer chunky). Adjust seasoning with additional salt and lime juice (add more lime juice for a zestier guacamole).

For the tacos

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Set a nonstick skillet over low heat. Add the onions and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, quickly followed by the beef. Using a spatula, break apart the beef, mixing in the onions and tomatoes. As the beef begins to sweat, add the chili powder, and mix well. Once the beef is browned, add the Old El Paso Mexican seasoning. After the meat is completely cooked through, keep the skillet warm at a low simmer.

Place the taco shells on a baking sheet and warm in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove the shells and assemble the tacos as desired. I prefer to layer my tacos. I start with the chopped lettuce, followed by the guacamole, beef, and then a pinch of cheese and dollop of salsa.

Enjoy this comfort food with a cold cerveza of your choice.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
42g
60%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
19g
79%
Cholesterol
188mg
63%
Carbohydrate, by difference
3g
2%
Protein
53g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
176µg
25%
Vitamin B-12
5µg
100%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
5mg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
54µg
60%
Calcium, Ca
406mg
41%
Choline, total
11mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Fluoride, F
5µg
0%
Folate, total
31µg
8%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
55mg
17%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
608mg
87%
Selenium, Se
33µg
60%
Sodium, Na
444mg
30%
Water
136g
5%
Zinc, Zn
11mg
100%

Ground Beef Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Ground Beef Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.

Around the Web