My take on Tacos

I love tacos because they’re easy to make and easy to eat. But I don’t get to go out to eat often enough, so I didn’t eat them as often as I’d like till I started making them at home. I honestly don’t know how authentic these are, but the recipe:

  • tastes good and the family loves it;
  • is healthy;
  • is ready and on the table in less than 30 minutes;

And that checks all the boxes to make it a keeper for me. Here’s the recipe…

Serves 5 – 6

Ingredients

  1. Oregano, 1 tsp
  2. Smoked paprika (regular is fine if that’s all you have), 1 tsp
  3. Ground cumin, 1 tsp
  4. Chili powder, 1/2 tsp
  5. Ground coriander, 1/2 tsp
  6. Salt, 1/2 tsp
  7. 1 lb of chicken breast or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  8. 4 tsp of olive oil, divided
  9. 1 large onion, chopped
  10. 4 bell peppers, chopped (use different colors for variety)
  11. More salt to taste
  12. Pepper to taste
  13. 1 small container plain Greek yogurt (I use the 7 oz container of Fage 2%)**
  14. Salsa
  15. Cheddar cheese (optional)
  16. Whole grain tortillas*

*I didn’t specify the number of tortillas you need because it depends on how many each person wants to eat. I usually buy enough to have 2 for the hubby and 1 for me for both dinner and lunch, so 6 tortillas total. Riley only eats the filling right now so we have plenty of filling to feed him.

**I use plain Greek yogurt as a lighter, high-protein alternative to sour cream.

Method

  • Combine the spices (ingredients 1 – 6) in a large bowl
  • Add the meat and 2 tsp of olive oil and mix thoroughly. You can let it marinate for 30 minutes to an hour or move directly to the next step
  • Heat the remaining olive oil to a large pan
  • Then add your meat and stir-fry till the meat is no longer pink
  • Add the onion and bell peppers and continue to stir-fry until the vegetables are crisp/tender to your taste
  • Add salt and pepper to taste

To serve

  • Add the meat filling on a warm tortilla and top with salsa, cheese, and yogurt as desired and roll up and enjoy
  • I serve the tacos family style like the picture below and we all dig in

Family Style Tacos - Team by EJ

Time-saving tip: Consider getting a veggie/onion chopper

I wasn’t a fan of these things before, but my husband got one to chop onions as they bug him when he cooks. Now that I use it to chop my peppers and onions for tacos, I’m a firm believer. These things get the job done in less time than I can with my hands and are worth the price in my opinion. Here’s a link to the one we have (see below).

Family Style Tacos - Team by EJ