Fiesta! Fiesta!

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Aug 302010
 
After having quite a birthday week with a shiny new 2 year old who has all her own opinions on…
clothing, whether to wear it or not, usually not,
food, whether to eat Orignial Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks (which I have dubbed “cheesy poofs”) for breakfast or really any time of day 
bath time, whether to bathe or not; definitely not with Momma, Daddy, she’ll consider it,
TV, whether to watch it at all times when at home on a rotating basis of Elmo, Captan Kevin Faver’s Fishing Show, Golf or “drums” which would be some channel that shows videos of live bands, that would be a definite, YES as there is always at least golf on.
Needless to say, in order to get to work you have to leave the house by a certain time.  Trying to get a small person to do these things they do not want to do while having a huge tantrum can be challenging.  The best part of my morning lately is after I get her strapped into the car seat.  I sit in the front seat, crank the air and take a sip of coffee.  For a millisecond, ah, “me time”.
Friday rolled around and I was having a particularly stressful day at work so, of course, my mind was daydreaming about what to have for dinner.  Ah ha!  A Mexican Fiesta!
I immediately emailed hubby about this idea at 9:32 AM and (thankfully he knows I think about food a lot and did not consider this weird) he said “Sounds Great!!”
Hence the tacos.
Dawn’s Mexican Fiesta Tacos
Serves 4
Ingredients
1 lb organic, grass fed ground beef
1 1/2 onions, chopped
1 ear fresh corn, kernels removed
1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 lime, juiced
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Spice Blend
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
Coarse sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Shells and Toppings
1 pkg corn taco shells
4 ounces 2% shredded Mexican cheese blend
4 cups lettuce, sliced thinly
4-8 Tbsp corn and black bean salsa
4-8 Tbsp reduced fat sour cream
Directions
1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add the onion and corn, cook until soft, about 5 minutes. 
2. Add the ground beef and spice mixture.  In the pan, crumble meat and mix with spices and onion mixture.  Cook until browned, about 7 minutes or so.  Drain fat.
3.  Add black beans to pan and gently stir into beef mixture.  Taste and adjust spices as necessary.
4.  Place 2 taco shells on each of 4 plates.  Layer 1/8 beef mixture in each (eyeball it) and any of the toppings each person desires; salsa, cheese, lettuce, sour cream.
**Note:  A premade seasoning mix can be used; however, check the ingredient list to see what is in it. We were going to try and give some of this to our daughter and the premade mix had milk in it!  Also, change up the toppings any way you like.  Next time I might try some avocado and jalapeno. 

  4 Responses to “Fiesta! Fiesta!”

  1. I always forget to add corn to tacos or burritos. Those pre-made mixes are usually super high in sodium too, making your own is so easy. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I haven't had tacos in awhile and I love them. I have to make these : )

  3. Ahhh it's no secret that I love me some Mexican! This looks like an excellent dinner.

    I'm the same with thinking of meals, and my fiance is like your husband — he's just used to it (and actually enjoys it … he eats well because of it!)

  4. I adore Mexican…and it is always a great way to end a long day. I am nannying a two year old right now, so I found quite a bit to relate to here!

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