Although considered more of a junk food than not, my version of chilli beef tacos has more fresh vegetables in a single serve than your regular sandwich.
Firstly, I add canned tomatoes and corn, onion and a 4 bean mix to my chilli beef – it helps bulk it up and makes it nice and colourful as well. For the toppings we use a mix of tomato and capsicum, avocado and, of course, grated cheddar cheese. Fresh green leaves such as finely chopped lettuce, baby spinach or beet leaves are also a must.
Lastly, pot set natural yoghurt with some sweet chilli sauce acts as the salsa – you can’t even tell the difference between that and sour cream! Low / no fat yoghurt contains 0 – 2% fat compared to sour cream and cream cheese which are 20-40% fat.
So when it comes to tacos in this household, there is only one rule: all toppings are mandatory.
Healthy chilli beef tacos
There may be a few ingredients listed below, but the chilli beef mix is extremely easy to make. You can use the same mix and toppings for nachos, burritos or enchiladas.
For the chilli beef tacos:
- 12 taco shells
- 300g beef mince
- 1 small brown onion, diced
- 1 (420g) can corn kernels
- 1 (420g) can 4 bean mix
- 1 (400g) can diced tomatoes
- 1 sachet taco seasoning mix
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
For the toppings:
- 2 ripe tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 red capsicum. diced
- 1/2 avocado, diced
- 1 cup lettuce leaves, shredded finely
- 1/2 cup grated cheese
- 1/2 cup pot set natural yoghurt
- 1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce
To make the chilli beef tacos: heat oil in a large stock pot and brown onion lightly. Add beef and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until mostly browned. Add the entire contents, including the juices, of canned tomatoes, beans and corn. Sprinkle over a sachet of taco seasoning mix and stir through to comibine. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the chilli beef has thickened a little.
Prepare tacos according to packet instructions – generally warm up in a hot oven.
To serve: place all toppings on a large platter for everyone to help themselves. Serve chilli beef and tacos alongside.