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Raising Fit Kids: Healthy Nurtition, Exercise, and Weight

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The EatingWell Taco

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The EatingWell Taco

Building the perfect taco is a very personal task—cheese under meat, cheese on top, no cheese at all? This is just our recommendation.

This Recipe Is:
Prep: 55 minutes | Total Time: 1 1/4 hours
  • 12  
    6-inch corn tortillas
  • 3/4   teaspoon
    chili powder, divided
  • 1/4   teaspoon
    salt, divided
  • 8   ounces
    93%-lean ground beef
  • 8   ounces
    99%-lean ground turkey breast
  • 1/2   cup
    chopped onion
  • 1   10-ounce can
    diced tomatoes with green chiles, or 1 1/4 cups petite-diced tomatoes
  • 1/2   teaspoon
    ground cumin
  • 1/2   teaspoon
    ground chipotle chile, or 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2   teaspoon
    dried oregano
  • 3   cups
    shredded romaine lettuce
  • 3/4   cup
    shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • 3/4   cup
    diced tomatoes
  • 3/4   cup
    prepared salsa
  • 1/4   cup
    diced red onion
    canola oil cooking spray
  1. To prepare taco shells: Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Working with 6 tortillas at a time, wrap in a barely damp cloth or paper towel and microwave on High until steamed, about 30 seconds. Lay the tortillas on a clean work surface and coat both sides with cooking spray; sprinkle a little chili powder and salt on one side. Carefully drape each tortilla over two bars of the oven rack. Bake until crispy, 7 to 10 minutes. Repeat with the remaining 6 tortillas.
  3. To prepare taco meat: Place beef, turkey and onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a colander to drain off fat. Wipe out the pan. Return the meat to the pan and add tomatoes, cumin, ground chipotle (or chili powder) and oregano. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated, 3 to 6 minutes.
  4. To assemble tacos: Fill each shell with a generous 3 tablespoons taco meat, 1/4 cup lettuce, 1 tablespoon each cheese, tomato and salsa and 1 teaspoon onion.


Tip: Look for a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles, and set the heat level with either ground chipotle chile (adds smoky heat) or chili powder (adds rich chili taste without extra spice).
Nutritional Information

Makes: 6 servings, 2 filled tacos each
  • Calories252
  • Fat5 g
    • Saturated fat1 g
  • Cholesterol38 mg
  • Carbohydrates30 g
    • Dietary fiber5 g
  • Protein24 g
  • Sodium576 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.


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