I’m starting with baby steps here, not setting the bar too high. The basic of basic dinners – Taco Salad.
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Literally, My Favorite Food
It’s been a minute since I made this incredibly simple meal. For some reason, Chance prefers taco salad over “white people taco night” tacos. That is unless it is Torchy’s or any form of seafood, then you better make sure that corn tortilla is perfectly warmed. The beauty of taco salad is that probably takes about 10 minutes to make and you can just throw together whatever you have in your fridge and pantry.
Tacos are my favorite meal, no matter how basic or authentic they are. I so vividly remember coming home from soccer practice to find my mom cooking up the ground meat with the shells in the oven. I’d load up my crunchy tacos with meat, cheese, and about 4 tablespoons of sour cream each. I’d knock out 3 tacos before my dad could even finish one.
It’s All About The Ingredients
Now what makes THIS meal any different from that? Quality.
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I am an Amazon Addict! I have a Prime credit card and of course, have to shop at Whole Foods for my 5% cash back. Don’t judge me, I am not that SAHM wearing lulu and doting her LV purse around the store making her weekly groceries. (If that is you, no judgment, I am truly just jealous!) I usually just buy what is on sale that week, and stock up on it. Whole Foods really does have great sales on quality foods for Prime Members. That is not an advertised statement, I honestly mean that based on my own experience.
One thing I’ve noticed to make a HUGE difference in any meal is the freshness of ingredients, in particular, the meat. If I am buying ground meat, I like to cook it the same, or next day. Also, you may roll your eyes, but organic, quality meat really makes a dish. Use it long enough, and you can certainly tell the difference. You don’t have to be a good cook when you have good ingredients. Let me get off my soapbox, and get back to why I go to Whole Foods. The ground meat is usually always on sale, and they also carry a large variety of Siete brand goods. Their taco seasoning is amazing!
You can likely find most Siete products at your local Walmart as well. That is my go to when I need it, and it isn’t on sale. Here is a comparison of the ingredients:
“To make free flowing” what does that even mean?! With these Siete ingredients, you could probably make your own taco seasoning, but who actually has time for that?
Again, feel free to use whatever you have on hand. I ALWAYS have cilantro, avocado, onion, and green onion in stock. With that being said, my last avocado was as brown as a bear on the night I decided to make taco salad. I usually like to include romaine lettuce, black beans, black olives, tomato, avocado, cheese, sour cream, some kind of crunch like tortilla chips, and cilantro. I had some homemade pico de gallo that needed to be eaten, so I added that on top.
Okay, this is the easiest meal ever and I’m still rambling.
Energy Level = 2/5
Minimal prep involved, one pot meal
A quick and easy dinner for busy nights, or when you don’t know what else to cook!
- Rinse, chop and prepare all desired salad ingredients
- Set aside and prepare meat
- Once meat of choice is cooked and seasoned, assemble salad to your liking
- Cook and drain meat of choice
- Return meat to skillet and combine Siete Taco Seasoning packet as directed
- Stir to combine, and serve warm over salad