Who doesn’t love a good taco? Or taco salad? I know I sure do.
It took me a while to craft what I think is the perfect taco meat. I use chicken, but you can always use beef or turkey. This filling is so flavorful and you can spice it up, spice it down, add in what you like, etc. Kind of obsessed with it.
Make it and tell me whether or not you agree!!
The Ultimate Taco Meat!! Perfect for Taco Tuesday!
- 2 tbsp. oil (I used jalapeño & cilantro infused oil that I got from The Cook Shop at Lemon Tree Village in Brewster, MA. It’s a cooking paradise. Love that little place!!)
- 1 shallot, finely minced
- 4-5 cloves of garlic, finely minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lb. ground chicken … or beef or turkey
- 1/2 tsp. of each of the following spices/dried herbs: cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, paprika, dried parsley, crushed red pepper
- 1 8oz. can no salt added tomato sauce
- 1 14oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained
- 1 14oz. can black beans, drained
- 1/2 c. frozen corn
- 1/4 c. fresh cilantro or a few squeezes of the tubed kind
- 1 lime, juiced
~ Warm the oil in a large saute pan. Add the shallot and cook for a few minutes until it becomes translucent. Once the shallot becomes softer, add the garlic and allow to cook for one minute.
~ Place the lb. of ground chicken into the pan and break it up with a wooden spoon. I like to break it up into really tiny pieces. This makes it much easier to eat, which is very important. Clearly.
~ Add salt and pepper to your liking. Once the chicken is no longer pink, switch spoons 🙂
~ Add the spices and dried herbs at this point. These will give the meat such a gorgeous color 🙂
~ Once the spices are stirred in, add the can of tomato sauce. Stir to combine. Now add the drained and rinsed tomatoes w/chiles and the drained and rinsed black beans. Stir to incorporate into the saucy chicken mixture. Now add the frozen corn and stir. Allow this beautiful dream of a taco mixture to simmer and cook together for about 10-15 minutes on medium-low heat. It should look like this!
~ Once the meat is done, remove it from the heat and stir in the cilantro & fresh lime juice. These last two additions are optional, but they make such a difference!! <3
~ Now, go crazy!! Here is the taco meat in a homemade gordita —
~ The best part is what you can do with the leftover meat!! I made a salad for lunch the next day. I put some taco meat and pico de gallo on a bed of lettuce. Sprinkled some cheese and broken taco shells onto that baby….and bam! Amazing lunch 🙂 You could also prob just eat the taco meat with some tortilla chips. But you didn’t hear that from me!