Easy Taco Seasoning & Salad Bar

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Taco Salads are one of our favorite Healthier Family Meals, but I used to rely HEAVILY on the prepackaged Taco Seasonings at the store…until I realized how much cheaper it was to make at home!

Literally, this costs pennies compared to the mixes AND you can control the ingredients that go into it. I keep getting requests for this recipe on Instagram, because we use it all the time to make some of the meals I share over there:   

  • Taco Meat (ground beef, chicken, turkey, venison, even black beans or toasted quinoa)
  • Seasoned Veggies
  • Fajitas
  • Mexican Rice
  • Shredded Crock Pot Chicken
  • Grilled Chicken

Just multiply this seasoning recipe by 10 and store it in a Mason Jar, then you’ll be all set for quick easy meals. Eating healthy doesn’t have to complicated or time consuming – because we’re all busy right?! 

Here’s the seasoning mix, along with a recipe for Taco Salads if that strikes your fancy! My son eats SO many more veggies this way, when I serve this as a “salad bar” and let him fill his own plate! It’s a great idea for dinner parties & picnics too 😍

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TACO SALADS & SEASONING MIX
Serves 4 (approx. 3 cups each)

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb lean ground beef, turkey, chicken or venison, browned and drained
(sub 1 can black beans or chickpeas for plant based)
6 cups Romaine lettuce/spinach/salad greens
2 cups chopped veggies (onions, tomatoes, peppers, etc.)
2 cups salsa (low sugar/sodium preferred)
24 whole grain tortilla chips
1-1/3 cup shredded cheese if you aren’t dairy free

Seasoning:
1 Tbsp chili powder
1-1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1/4 tsp coconut sugar (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Brown meat in a pan over medium heat, breaking into small pieces as it cooks.
  2. While meat is browning, prepare salads.
  3. Add 3/4 cup water and seasoning ingredients to cooked meat.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Top salads with 3/4 cup meat, 1/3 cup cheese, 1/2 cup salsa and 6 crunched up tortilla chips.

What’s your family’s favorite way to eat Tacos? Salad, soft shell or hard shell?  

Stuffed Pepper Soup

YUMMY Clean Eating Stuffed Pepper SoupI used to think I didn’t like Stuffed Pepper Soup….what was I thinking?!?! This seriously tastes like Spaghetti Sauce but it’s a full complete meal. It’s a great way to get a ton of extra veggies without realizing it, and you can use quinoa OR brown rice!

I’m a little crazy, I will eat soup ANY time of year! Anyone else like that? PS this recipe makes a TON, so freeze extra for a busy day!

STUFFED PEPPER SOUP
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes Serves: 10, about 2 cups each

INGREDIENTS:
2 lbs lean ground beef or turkey
3 bell peppers, chopped
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 29 oz. can tomato sauce
1 29 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 cups beef broth OR 2 cubes beef bouillon with 2 cups water
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
3 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cups cooked brown rice or quinoa

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a Dutch oven, brown beef over medium high heat. Drain off any fat.
  2. Add peppers, onion and garlic to the browned meat and sauté for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with juice, beef broth or bouillon/water, honey, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  5. Stir in rice and Italian seasoning,
  6. Gets better as it sits, freezes really well!

Adapted from http://www.allrecipes.com
21 Day Fix Container Equivalent: 1 red, 1 green, 1/2 yellow