We are currently in a phase of life where there are few meals that all four of us can honestly enjoy together without the inevitable “please please pleeeeeeaaaase just finish the food on your plate” comments from either me or Dave. I know this will pass.
**Please for the love of God make it pass**
But! There is one meal that doesn’t result in such comments; where I get to hear “can I have another” instead of “how much more do I have to eat?” And that meal, my friends, is beautiful, non-fancy, old-school, weeknight tacos.
We’re talking ground beef, tomatoes, guac and tortillas. No fancy sauces or salsas, no fish or grilled veggies. Just the basics. Because apparently when you pretend like its 1988, kids will eat your food!!!
So this is a meal that I make every week. It’s our most popular dinner and if I was really put-together, I would make it on Tuesday of every week and call it Taco Tuesday. But I’m not and frankly am too damn excited about the fact that my kids will both eat what I made for dinner that I have no time for knowing what day of the week it is.
The other cool thing about this recipe? I always have all of the ingredients on hand. I keep the ground beef stocked in my freezer always. Avocado and lime stocked in the produce basket ALWAYS. Cherry tomatoes in the fridge, spices in the pantry and tortillas in the freezer (who knew?) So it can be 4:00 when I don’t know what to make for dinner and I can always make tacos. And that is how dinner honestly usually happens around here. I keep basics stocked in the fridge, freezer, produce basket and pantry for meals just like this. For days when I don’t have time to think ahead. For most days of my life actually.
Happy Taco Tuesday, friends. Or Taco whatever-the-day-is. It doesn’t matter.
- 1tbs olive oil
- 1lb 90/10 grass-fed ground beef
- 1tbs garlic powder
- 1tbs onion powder
- 1tbs cumin
- 1tbs paprika
- 1tsp sea salt
- ¼ cup water
- Corn tortillas
- Toppings: sliced cherry tomatoes, sliced jalepenos, guacamole
- Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and cook until brown and slightly crispy, about 10 minutes. I don't usually have much grease and so I keep it in the pan.
- Mix in the spices and salt and cook for another 2 minutes. It should be fairly dry at this point so add in the water and cook for another couple minutes until most of the water is gone. Turn off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat the tortillas. If you have a gas grill, turn on a burner and place one tortilla at a time on the open flame until slightly charred (maybe 15 seconds). Repeat on the other side. As soon as you take the tortilla off of the flame, you can mold it into a taco shape by shaping it and having it held between two glasses (or anything) until cool.