Fantastically Tasteful Tex-Mex Tacos

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.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do. 

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24 thoughts on “Fantastically Tasteful Tex-Mex Tacos”

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  2. Yum, I grew up in Wisconsin and the only time we tasted these kinds of things was when we traveled out west to visit Grandma. Even then it was just a little local taco stand (pretty scary even as a child). There was not even any such thing as Taco Bell or Taco Time. Now everyone is Tex Mexing it and I love, love, love it. These look oh so yum.

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  4. He he, come on over to GA you'll find tex mex everywhere. LOL. I'm from cali, where there is no such thing as tex mex, however i've come to love this kind of taco as well, and my kids love it too. However nothing beats a fresh carne asada taco, on 2 corn tortillas, onions and cilantro. ahhh, but since I can never cook that at home to turn out like a the shops, taco nights usually consist of basically what you have here, and they are DELICIOUS.Thanks for making me hungry girl, dang!!! 🙂

  5. I saw this yesterday and I couldn't get myself to link over because I was already so hungry. This is making me hungry again and looks so delicious! Thank you for linking to It's Stinkin' Cute Craft Thursday!

  6. Those look soooo good…love that you used canned tomatoes…its so hard to find good tomatoes outside of a farmers market! I use canned tomatoes, too!smiles!

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