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Taco Pie

Adapted from a truly awful allrecipes.com suggestion (using a sweet breakfast roll as the base!?!), this is a quick alternative to tacos. The primary advantage is in the cleaner eating, but requires more cleanup.

 

Given “quick” is the goal, shredded cheese, prepackaged taco seasoning, and canned jalapenos are used. You can go “gourmet” and shred/mix/chop your own, but nobody is going to notice.

 

2 cups long grain white rice (uncooked)

1 20 oz. package ground turkey

1 package taco seasoning mix (mild)

8 oz light sour cream (optional)

8 oz shredded Mexican cheese blend

Santitas tortilla chips (do not use the snacking preferred Xochitl- they are too thin and will burn/absorb moisture)

1 can dized jalapenos

Toppings (lettuce, tomato, taco sauce, black olives, etc)

 

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Rinse rice thoroughly. Using 1.75 cups of water per cup of rice, steam in rice cooker until done.

3. Begin browning ground turkey. When no longer pink, drain and add jalapenos. Continue until brown. Stir in taco-seasoning mix and 2/3 cup water. Simmer until water is absorbed/evaporated. Set aside.

4. Spray 11×17 casserole dish with Pam or equivalent. Layer rice in bottom, top with prepared meat. Spread sour cream, dump cheese on top. Crumble tortilla chips as desired.

5. Bake until cheese is melted and heated through.

6. Serve with traditional taco toppings.

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Oven Baked Tacos

This is great!

Oven Baked Tacos

Total time: 1hr 30 mins

1, 1 lb 3 oz package ground Turkey
1 small onion, diced
1 , 4.5 oz can diced green chiles
1, 8 oz can tomato sauce
1/2 cup white rice, cooked
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/8 tsp dried oregano
1/8 tsp paprika
1, package Stand-n-Stuff Taco Shells
6 oz Colby Jack Cheese, shredded

Plus:
Lettuce
Tomato
Black olives
Taco sauce

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Prepare the 11 X 7 inch baking dish by standing the taco shells upright in the pan.
  • In a large skillet, brown the turkey and onion.  Drain the excess liquid.
  • Add in the chiles, tomato sauce, white rice, spice (chili powder, cumin, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper, oregano, paprika).
  • Spoon mixture into shells.  Top with cheese.
  • Bake for 10 -12 minutes until the cheese has melted and tacos are heated through.
  • Remove from oven and top with toppings.