Sensible Tacos

Nothing says family night more than tacos! Okay well at least in our family. Taco night is a time honored tradition in our household. It may be because they are so delicious and it may be because they were the first food other than chicken nuggets and fries that my son and daughter would eat. Either way, they are full of delicious morsels of nutritious goodies.

This recipe is the first recipe I adapted for my kids to create a healthier and more nutritionally complete meal. It was not until the twins were teenagers that they discovered the secret, but it didn’t matter they loved them. As you will see in the recipe, my son knows the tricks and even helps make tacos now.  The great thing about this recipe is that you can adapt it to your liking. It can be adapted to be vegan, different veggies used, and you can also use a different meat. The possibilities are endless and totally up to you.

Sensible Tacos

1 pound ground turkey

1 pint baby portabello mushrooms

1/2 medium green pepper

1/2 medium onion

1 package taco seasoning of choice

2/3 cup water


Important notes:

  • You can substitute a different meat for the turkey, just use same weight.
  • You can turn this vegan by substituting a Ground Meat substitute mix found in your freezer section of the grocery store.
  • You can also substitute the turkey with diced tofu if you would like


Now time to get the fiesta started. Let’s get started!

1.Take your mushrooms and slice off the end of the stem.


2.Using a food processor, finely chop up the mushrooms.


3.You want the pieces to be about the size of ground up pieces of meat.


4.Use the food processor to also chop up the onion and green pepper.


5.Again, you are looking for very fine pieces to blend into the taco meat.


6.Add 1 tbsp olive oil into a saucepot and turn on medium heat.


7.Cook up the meat, making sure the break up the meat into small pieces, until it is about halfway cooked through. (It helps to have a willing assistant for this part)


8.Once the meat is cooked about halfway through, add the veggies to the meat and continue to cook through.


9.Once meat is completely cooked, add the taco seasoning and water. Turn the pot down and simmer for 4 minutes.


10.I cook until the sauce has thickened on the meat and their is little water left in the pot.


11.Place tortilla shells on a baking sheet and bake at 350F for about 3 minutes or until a golden brown. This helps them to be nice and crispy.


12. Once shells are done, take them out and get ready to assemble the tacos to your hearts content.

13. Enjoy!



Side Notes:

  • Topping ideas are endless, you can set up a whole spread and make it a create your own taco bar like we do.
  • You can use hard tacos, soft tacos, gluten free tacos, taco salads, or even supreme nachos with this. Let your creativity be your guide.



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