My favorite FAST FOOD taco…

My favorite FAST FOOD taco…

I love tacos, my family loves tacos … doesn’t the world LOVE tacos? Over 15% of my posts talk about tacos including these three tasty recipes: “Buongiorno” Chicken TacosSpicy Teriyaki Tacos & Crispy Fish Tacos

MY TOP 6 REASONS FOR “Why do I love TACOS so much?”:

6 – they taste GOOD.

5 – There are endless combinations, flavors and ingredients that can be stuffed into a tortilla and called “taco”.

4 – They make my family happy.

3 – When my family is happy I am happy.

2 – Taco meat is super easy to make in bulk and freeze for later uses ((insert – “with a little prep work they are faster than fast food!”)).

1 – They swoop in and SAVE THE DAY ((dinner)) when I am certain all hope for a tasty homemade meal is lost.

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"Better Than Fast Food" Taco Meat
Serves 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
468 calories
48 g
57 g
20 g
23 g
7 g
225 g
740 g
3 g
1 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 468
Calories from Fat 181
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g
Saturated Fat 7g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 57mg
Sodium 740mg
Total Carbohydrates 48g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 3g
Protein 23g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 lb lean ground hamburger meat, browned
  2. 1/2 large onion, finely diced
  3. 4-5 medium carrots ((UNPEELED)), finely shredded using a microplane
  4. 2-3 garlic cloves, finely diced
  5. 1 1/2 T Hatch red chili powder, I prefer mild
  6. 1 1/2 T Hatch green chili powder
  7. 1 1/2 T dried oregano
  8. 1 T cumin
  9. 2 T dry ranch dressing mix
  10. 2 c favorite tomato based salsa
  11. sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  1. 1 c sharp cheddar, grated
  2. 1 avocado, sliced
  3. 12 uncooked fresh tortillas
  1. In a large skillet or braiser, add onions and carrots & cook on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid sticking and burning. Add garlic and cook for two more minutes, make sure garlic doesn't burn because that will make your tacos taste GAG.
  2. Add cooked meat to the cooking veggies and allow meat to heat through. Next, add spices, oregano, ranch and salsa stir till combined and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Taste-test and add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. While taco meat it simmering, cook tortillas according to package instructions.
  4. Garnish with shredded cheese and sliced avocado, or any other veggies you have on hand.
Food for a Year:
About a week ago, I conducted a poll on the Food for a Year Facebook page: “what is your favorite fast-food taco?” The results are in and it was very close! Taco Bueno and Fuzzy’s were the top favorites.  Although this speedy taco is different from the “Spicy Pork Taco” from Fuzzy’s, I think you will find it just as tasty — the flavor along with the ease of preparation & low food cost makes this a great option next time your are tempted to consider fast-food tacos. Hope you enjoy as much as our family does.