Southwestern-Flavored Ground Beef or Turkey for Tacos & Salad Recipe -
Southwestern-Flavored Ground Beef or Turkey for Tacos & Salad Recipe

Southwestern-Flavored Ground Beef or Turkey for Tacos & Salad

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"With Southwestern-Flavored Ground Beef, you can simultaneously make tonight's dinner and tomorrow's lunch. Just save out and refrigerate some of the taco meat and fixings such as shredded cheese and lettuce, plus chopped scallions and tomatoes. A good-looking salad like this will draw potential lunch traders. More likely than not, they'll be out of luck."

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  1. Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet until shimmering. Add onion; saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, oregano and cumin; saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add beef or turkey and cook, stirring often, until it loses its raw color. Stir in tomatoes; simmer to blend flavors, about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in cornmeal; cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens, almost instantly. Cool and refrigerate (or serve warm for dinner as tacos or taco salad).
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  • Put a portion of taco meat in a small container. Put some salsa in another small container. Put lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, scallions and shredded cheese in a plastic salad container or other lidded container. Pack tortilla chips in a baggie. Add a plastic fork and knife to the lunchbox.
  • Copyright 2004 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 03, 2007

This was just great! I halved the recipe and used 1 cup of salsa in place of the diced tomoato. The spices tasted like packaged taco seasoning without all that sodium! What an excellent and easy alternative!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 25, 2005

I may have used too much meat for spices. As a result, my husband was not fond of it.

Jul 03, 2006

Three pounds of ground meat for 10 servings seemed quite a lot to me. I made this for a leaner taco salad, so I scaled down. Used half a large onion, 1 large garlic clove, 1 tsp oregano, still full Tbs cumin because we love cumin, 1 pound ground turkey with about 2 Tbs lime juice squeezed in while onions were sauteed. Still used the full can of tomatoes since this was for taco salad. I also used crushed white corn tortilla chips to thicken the mixture till it reached the consistency I preferred. This was excellent. It still made quite a lot for a taco salad.

Feb 22, 2005

I used lean ground turkey and it came out great for tacos (and almost fat-free!). The leftovers were delicious in a taco salad. I didn't have any canned tomatoes, so I used chunky salsa and added 1/2 cup of water.

Jul 17, 2006

I have tried a similiar dish but never with the cornmeal nor fresh spices - it made a whole lot of diffrence to the texture and taste of the beef. It was much more moist and delish :) Was well worth it .. yummyyyyyyy :)

May 07, 2006

This was very tasty, and didn't take a lot of time or effort to make. Just top the tacos and you've got a meal (okay, more like 2 or 3 meals).

Apr 24, 2007

I gave this recipe 5 stars. The meat has a very good flavor. I will never buy packaged powder again. It makes a lot. I made it for my family and shared it with a friend that had just had a baby. We still had enough left for lunch the next day!

Jun 05, 2007

good stuff! i'm not a fan of the spicey envelopes of salty junk my mom normally uses to make taco meat and i was on the hunt for a replacement. the spices didn't overwealm the rest of the taco and had a super taste!


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  • Calories
  • 248 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.9 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 84 mg
  • 28%
  • Fat
  • 10.2 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 30.4 g
  • 61%
  • Sodium
  • 345 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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