When I cook for my family at home, I always strive to pack my recipes with superfoods, just like I do when I create products for Love Child Organics. These tacos are no exception. Both my kids go crazy for soft tacos and we make this recipe about once per week. I love that the meat is packed full of veggies and that my kids are getting a meal rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals. This recipe makes much more than you will need for a family meal, but that is intentional. Stash the leftovers in the fridge and use them for quesadillas, on top of pizza, mixed with rice or pasta, stuffed in a baked potato or as part of a salad. The kids won’t know they are eating the same thing over and over again, and you will hardly have to think about dinner all week long. Self-feeding babies can be served this iron- packed mixture right on their tray.
What you’ll need:
500 grams organic lean ground beef
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
3 medium size tomatoes, diced
2 packed cups finely chopped veggies of your choice, the more brightly coloured the better (spinach, kale, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, butternut squash, beets…)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon mild chili powder
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Soft tortillas (Flour, corn or specialty gluten free- try to find the most natural ones you can find or make your own. Store bought tortillas are notorious for containing nasty additives and preservatives.)
A variety of your family’s favourite taco toppings such as: sour cream or yogurt, avocado, mild salsa, grated cheese. You won’t really need veggie toppings because there are so many vegetables right in the beef!
What to do:
In a large heavy frying pan, on medium heat, brown the beef, breaking it up so that there are no big lumps. While it is cooking, chop up your onions, garlic and veggies.
Once the meat is cooked, drain off the fat and transfer the beef to a bowl and set aside.
Put the olive oil in the hot pan and add the onions and garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent and just starting to brown.
Add the 2 cups of chopped vegetables and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the meat, tomatoes and spices and stir to combine everything together. Cook for a further 5-10 minutes until the tomatoes are fully cooked down.
To serve, put a couple of spoonful’s of the meat and vegetable mixture in the centre of a soft tortilla, add any extra toppings (let the kids choose their favourites) then roll up the taco by folding over the bottom first, then the sides.
Tip: To keep the filling from dropping out of the bottom of your child’s taco as he eats it, wrap the bottom half of the taco in foil. This will keep the taco nice and sturdy for him to hold and will keep mess to a minimum. This is also a great way to send tacos to school in a lunch box.