Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Taco Night!

Posted by 9 years ago 16 Comments

Update: Click here to watch me make taco night on video

I’ve been wanting to post about our Taco Night forever! It’s my go to, fun, easy dinner and takes no time at all. Plus it (can be) super healthy! You can build a complete hand held meal with lean beef or ground turkey, fresh veggies, whole wheat tortillas and beans. All good stuff!

The toddler is a bit young to take advantage of the build your own taco bar I create so I normally make him a quick quesadilla using the meat and cheese and he gets pepper strips on the side.

Here’s the our spread from last night (notice the laundry piling up in the background, we are having a hard time keeping up-it should have been done over the weekend! ;~P).

Taco night spread

Normally I make Spicy Black Beans and Zucchini on the side and mix some of the beans into the meat but I was feeling a little lazy yesterday Taco Night!so I went with some leftover corn on the cob.

Taco Meat

  • 8oz lean ground turkey or lean ground beef
  • Taco Seasoning
  • 1tbsp of salsa (optional, I use for the 99% lean turkey to help with dryness)

Brown the meat over medium high heat with spices add the salsa at the end to help with dryness.

The Tortilla Shells

I like soft tacos, so we use whole grain, low carb tortillas. I have two favorites one from Trader Joe’s (Trader Joe’s Reduced Carb Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas) and the other is a local brand called Canyon River Low Carb as far as I know they are only available at a local store called Weis. Both are 1 point a shell.

The Fixin’s

Anything you want!

I use…

  • shredded lettuce mixed with baby spinach because the husband “doesn’t like spinach” yet when it’s mixed in with the lettuce he doesn’t seem to mind it as much (interesting)
  • diced tomatoes
  • diced peppers
  • salsa
  • cheese (I weigh out my oz so I know how much I use).

The best part, I have leftovers for really cool lunches!

The nutritional information is hard for this one. At least it is for me. I can get make anywhere from 7-10 tacos per 8oz of meat. If I add beans even more. My philosophy on taco night is light on the meat and heavy on the veggies. Normally I eat 3 on my favorite Trader Joe’s Low Carb Tortillas (50 cals per). So that is (and this is for my WW readers) 1 point per tortilla, 2-3 for the meat, 2 for the cheese and everything else is free. A 6 point taco night ain’t to shabby!

Update: Click here to watch me make taco night on video

See other recipes using: baby spinach, ground beef, peppers, taco seasoning, tomato, tortilla, turkey

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    July 1, 2008

    So, you are also an Aldi shopper, based on the "Casa Mamita" salsa. :) I am as well, but I *covet* your Trader Joe's access. There isn't one near me for 150 miles.

    Laura Brandon

    July 2, 2008

    mmm, sounds good, and i don't normally like tacos! i'm going to have to check out those trader joe's tortillas!


    July 2, 2008

    Now I'm hungry . . .


    July 2, 2008

    OH, now I can't wait for supper tonight. It is only 3 hours away!!!


    July 2, 2008

    have you tried fantastic foods meatless taco filling? sooo yummy and i've even converted my carnivorous husband!


    July 2, 2008

    One trick I use when I make my taco meat with ground turkey breast is to add some low sodium beef broth to it with the taco seasoning and let it cook down. It adds a little flavor and makes the turkey more moist.


    November 8, 2009

    You can also do this with chicken. Just cut thawed chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, then cook in a pan just like you would ground turkey or beef. I use regular taco seasoning (Ortega, I believe) and it works great. We usually make more chicken than we plan on using for tacos to use the leftovers for lunch the next day. I think 1 chicken breast can get about 2-3 tacos, depending on how hefty you make them.


    June 7, 2010

    you're missing some plain greek yogurt to make up for the loss of sour cream in there lady! ;) sooooo, soooo good. i may just make tacos tonight now.


    June 7, 2010

    HA!! we're having tacos too... =)


    June 7, 2010

    the other day I bought a rotisserie chicken. I shredded the meat and added taco seasoning and easy and fabulous!!


    June 7, 2010

    You crazy! I don't need no stinkin' sour cream... or yogurt as it may be. ;)


    June 7, 2010

    Tricia - Genius!


    June 9, 2010

    Made tacos tonight for hubby and me using your spice mixture. He loved them. He liked them better then the packets.