What I Make

Best Soft Shell Tacos

Serves: approximately 8

1 lb. lean ground beef (I buy 93% lean/7% fat)
1 packet taco seasoning mix* and the ingredients to make it
1 can refried beans
shredded iceberg lettuce, to taste
Mexican shredded cheese blend, such as: Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Asadero, and Queso Quesadilla cheese, to taste
diced tomatoes, to taste
organic tortillas that are not made with an enriched flour

*I like to buy a popular restaurant brand of dry seasoning mix that starts with the first three letters of Chicago. I don’t like to buy taco seasoning that makes a sauce, because the shells get soggy. I also take 1 teaspoon of seasoning out of the packet before mixing it into the meat so it is not too spicy.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, crumble ground beef while browning it until it is no longer pink. Add seasoning according to package directions. Put beans in a microwave-safe dish. Heat beans in the microwave for approximately 1-1/2 minutes. Spread a layer of beans on a tortilla. Leave approximately 1 inch between the beans and the edge of the tortilla. Without over stuffing the tortilla, top the beans with seasoned meat, lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes. Fold tortilla so filling does not fall out when eating. Have with a glass of water.


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