Born and raised in Texas, it never really dawned on me that Tex-Mex was something you could really only find in Texas. It is BY FAR my favorite style of food. Living in Arizona now, there is NO TEX-MEX ANYWHERE!!! Luckily I know how to make Tex-Mex.
This is my version of Tex-Mex tacos. It is a simple and fast way to make FANTASTICALLY TASTEFUL TACOS!!
You will need:
- 2 pounds ground beef or ground turkey
- 1 packed taco seasoning mix
- 1 can fire roasted tomatoes (salsa style or crushed)
- 2 avocados
- 12 large or jumbo taco shells
- Mexican or Taco seasoned shredded cheese (1 small bag is fine as it is just a garnish)
- 1 can seasoned black beans
- 1 Roma tomato
- 1 lime
- salt and pepper to taste
Brown and chop your ground beef or turkey. I have learned this little trick, add water just enough to cover the meat after it is browned. Let the water come to a boil then start chopping the meat some more. It helps break up the meat, turning it into finely ground taco meat. Drain the water carefully after you are finished. I use a metal strainer instead of a colander. I lose too much meat with the large holes of a colander. Add the taco seasoning according to the package instructions. I know that it calls for 1 pound of ground beef per packet. Trust me, 2 lbs to 1 packet or 1 lbs to a half a packet is perfect!
This is a simple guacamole recipe. While meat is cooking, chop and mash one of your avocados. Squeeze lime juice from half your lime into the mashed avocado then add salt and pepper to taste. Slice your other avocado into thin long pieces and sprinkle them with salt and pepper to taste. Chop your Roma tomato into small cubes. Once your meat is done add the can of fire roasted tomatoes, stir well. Now strain but do not wash your black beans. Add then to the meat mixture, turn down heat to low and stir well. Bake your taco shells according to the package instructions. While taco shells bake squeeze the other half of your lime onto the meat. Cook your taco meat mixture on low for those few minutes, stirring frequently. Once shells are done fill them with your taco meat mixture and top them with guacamole, chopped tomatoes and shredded cheese. Garnish with slices of avocado on the side.