I’ve discovered Smart Ground Mexican is perfect (with a some added seasonings) for taco filling. I’d tried regular Smart Ground for tacos a number of times, adjusting the seasonings, but I could never get it to taste right. It always tasted “off”. But the adjustments LightLife made in flavor for the “Mexican” version works well for tacos. I didn’t try it plain, but instead added a mixture of spicy seasonings, figuring that the Mexican version of Smart Ground would be mildly flavored to allow it to be used in a number of recipes, and appealing to a wide variety of tastes. (You can always spice up something basic, but you can’t remove spices.)
So I spiced it up! 😀 If you don’t want your tacos to have quite as much kick, you can cut back (or eliminate) ingredients.
Approximately 1 cup water
1 Tbls dried minced onion
2 tsp chili powder (I use Mexene as my basic chili powder.)
1 tsp ancho powder
1/4 tsp Hungarian hot paprika
small amount of salt and black pepper
The package says to coat the pan with a non-stick spray. I prefer to coat a skillet with a small amount of Boyajian Roasted Chili oil. The oil is to keep the Smart Ground from sticking when you begin heating it up in the skillet. Stir a bit, then add the water and seasonings. Simmer on med-low heat until it has cooked down to the consistency you want for the filling. Stir occasionally. While it’s simmering, slice tomatoes, shred lettuce, and grate cheddar cheese.
Heat taco shells according to package directions. Fill warm shells with spicy filling, top with tomato, lettuce, and cheese. Enjoy!