Basic Taco Recipe

There is NOTHING complicated about this recipe. It’s easy to make on a busy night or do a couple batches at once and freeze for later. Then you can have dinner on the table in LITERALLY five minutes.

1 lb hamburger
1 packet taco seasoning (I use Great Value or Kroger)
amount of water called for on packet
tortillas or hard taco shells
shredded cheese, sour cream, refried beans, guacamole, salsa (or whatever you want on YOUR taco!)

1. Brown hamburger.

2. Add taco seasoning and water as per directions on packet and simmer until water is all gone.

3. Serve on taco shell or tortilla with your choice of toppings.

We always do a “taco bar” kind of thing, where we each make our own plate. G gets a bowl or plate with a scoop of meat, a scoop of each of the toppings I feel like giving her, and a handful of tortilla chips or a small tortilla. B is happy eating one or two burrito-sized tortillas every time we eat this. I mix it up by having small flour tortillas, hard taco shells, and sometimes even corn tortillas or tostada shells.

For batch cooking: 1. Brown two or three pounds of hamburger in the same (big) skillet.

2. Add the corresponding number of packets of seasoning and water (I usually use slightly less water than instructed so I don’t have to wait as long).

3. Let the water simmer away.

4. Allow the meat to cool, then divide it into 2 or 3 freezer bags, labelled with the name of the recipe (Taco Meat) and the date you made it.

5. When you’re ready to eat it, pull it out of the freezer, crack open one corner of the bag, and throw it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Check to see if it’s heated through, and reheat if necessary. Pull out the tortillas/shells and toppings while the meat is nuking. You will seriously have dinner on the table in 5 minutes if you do that.

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