Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen!: Beef & Bean Tacos {Stretch a Meal With Beans}

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Beef & Bean Tacos {Stretch a Meal With Beans}

The family requested taco's for dinner a couple days ago. While I was preparing the taco meat I decided to toss in some pinto beans to stretch the meat and add a little protein all at the same time. I wasn't sure how this was going to go over since my family isn't used to having beans mixed in with the taco filling.

I can get a bit bored with the same old tacos, so I was really excited to have Beef & Bean Tacos for a change. I rinsed and drained the pinto beans and then tossed them into the taco meat. And just like that I easily turned one pound of seasoned ground beef into two pounds of taco meat filling.

Since I have become part of Bush's Team Bean I have learned how extremely frugal and nutritious beans can be. Lately I have been trying to incorporate more beans and whole grains into my family's diet.
Sometimes it's a bit hard, but other times like with this recipe it's really easy. I am learning that beans can and add more protein and fiber to simple everyday recipes. So what I have been doing is trying to sneak beans in as best I can with my little guy.

And then just simply changing the way I cook some of my usual everyday meals by adding a variety of beans. This is really turning out to be a lot easier than I thought it would be. We had plenty of leftover taco filling so I used it to make quick beef and bean burritos for lunch the next day.

So you see just by adding one can of beans to my ordinary taco filling, I was able to add some additional protein and fiber plus stretch one meal into two. Do you have a certain method you use to stretch out meals? If so I would love to hear about it.

In skillet, cook ground beef until browned; drain off any grease. Stir in taco seasoning mix and the required amount of water stated on the taco packet, mix thoroughly. Drain and rinse the pinto beans and add to the meat mixture carefully blending together.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce reduce heat to low and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated. While your taco mixture is cooking heat the taco shells in the oven. I hang my taco shells upside down on the oven rack for easy heating. Be careful when removing the shells will be hot.

Spoon the beef and bean mixture into taco shells and top with your favorite toppings. I topped mine with sour cream, pico de gallo, lettuce, avocados and queso fresco cheese. I added a little Shrimp Ceviche on the side. 




Beef & Bean Taco's

1 - pound lean ground beef, cooked and drained 
1 - envelope taco seasoning mix, prepared according to packet directions
or use homemade taco seasoning
1 - 16 oz can Bush's pinto beans, drained and rinsed
10 - 12 - taco shells

Taco Toppings:
lettuce
tomatoes
onions
cheddar or queso fresco cheese
pico de gallo
sliced avocados
sour cream
taco sauce
cilantro

Preheat oven for heating taco shells (see directions on box). In skillet, cook ground beef until browned; drain off any grease. 

Stir in taco seasoning mix and the required amount of water stated on the taco packet, mix thoroughly.

Drain and rinse the pinto beans and add to the meat mixture carefully blending together. 

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce reduce heat to low and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

While your taco mixture is cooking heat the taco shells in the oven. I hang my taco shells upside down on the oven rack for easy heating. Or use a baking pan to heat the taco shells until hot. 

Cooks Note:  Use leftover taco filling for beef and bean burritos, taco salad, or add on top of tortilla chips with shredded cheese for quick nachos.


Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post. I am a brand ambassador for Bush’s Beans. This is just my way of sharing how versatile, tasty and economical beans can be.

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15 comments:

Anonymous said... #

This is a great idea to help save money. There is a cookbook called the sneaky chef and she makes purees to sneak veggies and fruits into her meals. so If you smashed the beans to look like the texture of the meat then your little man might not even notice there in the taco meat.

anniebakes said... #

that's a great idea and those look mighty tasty!!

anne
www.anniebakes.net

Kelli said... #

That looks delicious! I bet my kids would eat that!
This goes to the "anonymous" comment- I have the sneaky chef cookbook and it is genius! You can actually go on Ebay and Amazon and get those at a really great price.
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Alwayzbakin said... #

The beans are a great idea. The tacos look delicious especially with the avocados!

Lisa said... #

I don't usually like hard shelled tacos all that much, but this is a recipe I've got to try.

Ted said... #

It looks like some kind of shrimp salsa served with it? Tell me about that one....please

the country cook said... #

Great method for stretching it out! I've usually smashed the beans - gives it a refried bean effect. By the way, I love the way you heat up taco shells!

Tina Butler said... #

Ted the link for the shrimp civeche is at the end of the post. Under the last photo of the tacos.

the country cook, My brother in law showed me that trick years back.

Ava said... #

That looks sooo good :o)


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Heidi said... #

I do this with my taco meat sometimes too... when my beans don't get eaten first! My son is a pinto bean fan and always gets the can out of the cabinet and begs for them :)

Missy Miss said... #

We don't eat beef, but those tacos look delicious!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said... #

The tacos look great. I like adding beans to meals, as well. BTW, that shrimp salad looked wonderful too!

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The Ishum Quads said... #

I tried this tonight with my family. Before kids, my husband and I would eat an entire pound of taco meat for dinner. But last year, we had quadruplets, and need a cheaper way to feed the family. This was my kids' first intro to tacos. I was wondering if my "add beans to ground beef" idea was any good. Glad I found your blog saying how awesome it is! It was definitely a hit over here!

Nicole said... #

This looks great! Not only do those tacos look amazing, but I bet that Shrimp Civeche would be delicious in a taco as well!