Our kids love Tacos. It's a frequent go-to meal and is often requested for celebrations or special occasions. I love it because it's easy to prepare and also allows me to easily sneak in some extra veg to the meal that the kids don't even notice. While I am a big advocate of NOT hiding your veg, it certainly comes in handy at times.
Here's how we do our taco mince:
500g lean mince - any kind works but we like beef or pork
1 brown onion
1 carrot, roughly chopped (I don't bother peeling)
1 zucchini, roughly chopped
Handful of mushrooms
2 teaspoons cumin
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 cup water
If you have a food processor, now is the time to use it. Simply pop in the onion, carrot, zucchini, capsicum and mushrooms and process for a few seconds until they are roughly the consistency of grating. Alternatively, finely chop the onion, mushrooms and capsicum and grate the carrot and zucchini.
Brown the onion and mince in a frypan over a medium heat.
Add garlic and cook for a minute or so.
Add vegetables, cumin, tomato paste and water.
Bring to the boil and then lower to a gentle simmer.
Cook for 8-10 min or until the mince is cooked through and the sauce has thickened to the desired consistency.
Whatever you like!
The kids like soft tortilla wraps so we usually get the mini version of those which are easy for the kids to handle themselves (maybe then we have Burritos instead of Tacos but the name has stuck!)
We then serve these with diced tomato, avocado, grated cheese, sour cream, lettuce or whatever else we have on hand.
The kids make their own wrap using whatever they want, which is why I think they love them so much. Allowing children to have control over if they eat an ingredient and how much is an important part of the feeding division of responsibility.
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