Honest to God: The Best Tacos Ever
Okay I know it’s weird to toot your own horn, but TOOT TOOT. I just came up with the best taco recipe using only ingredients from Trader Joe’s. I wanted to make something simple, but yummy to eat while we watch the Warriors game (and they won!). When I was at Trader Joe’s, I was racking my brain on what materials to get for the tacos. I was easily sold on the crunchy taco shells because they never disappoint. Same with the ground beef. Trader Joe’s has a surprisingly great beef selection. Where I got crafty was with the filling.
Here’s the thing: I don’t like tomato paste. I know it’s just an ingredient and I probably eat so many things that has it. However, actually going to buy the paste, spoon it out, and mix it in with my cooking just honestly grosses me out. Typically most taco fillings call for it, so I wanted to try to dodge the paste. I know. It’s a weird quirk of mine, don’t judge! Tomato paste just looks so manufactured. So instead, I decided to use Cowboy Caviar Salsa as my tomato paste! Woah, you guys! It’s a life changer. Yes, it does make the taco filling SUPER SPICY, but I loved it. If you like you food spicy, you will love these tacos.
So here’s the filling. Three ingredients! Ground beef, a jar of Cowboy Caviar, and Trader Joe’s Taco Seasoning.
Stir to mix in and then cook till meat is brown.
Now it gets really fun: We are going to bake these suckers. Up until yesterday when I made these, I have never baked my tacos. I WILL NEVER GO BACK! This was the best decision of my life. Bake your tacos. It’s life changing.
Place your cooked taco meat mixture and top it with Trader Joe’s queso dip. I did a couple of dollops on each taco because I don’t mind mess, but if you don’t like sloppy tacos, you can dial back the dollops a bit.
I forgot to add this cheese in the ingredient picture! If you are a Trader Joe’s lover like me, chances are you have heard of ‘Unexpected Cheddar Cheese’. Basically it’s a glorious block of cheese you can buy for $3.99 and it goes on literally everything. I shredded about a half cup to top a little on each taco. The tacos already each have those hefty dollops of queso, so I didn’t want to over power it with cheese. Just enough cheese! Also if you are wondering what makes the cheddar cheese ‘unexpected’, it’s that it has hints of Parmesan mixed in! Too good!
Now put it in the oven! I baked mine for 12 minutes under 375 degrees. Just enough to get the cheese all gooey and the top of the tacos nice and golden.
Oh and yeah I did cook these in a pie dish! I couldn’t find my casserole dish, but honestly this one worked out perfectly! Who says you can only cook pie in these things?!
When I put them on my plate, it dawned on me: This must be how Jack in The Box makes their tacos. These had similar texture to theirs. The shells were crunchy on the top, but soft throughout the body of the tacos. It was PURE HEAVEN.
These were the spiciest, sloppiest, most DELICIOUS tacos I have ever had. I’m serious. Truly the best tacos.
Honest to God Tacos
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
1 pound of ground beef
1 package of Trader Joe’s taco shells
1 package of Trader Joe’s taco seasoning
1 Jar of Trader Joe’s cowboy caviar
1 Jar of Trader Joe’s queso dip (Only going to need to use a third of the jar)
1 block of Trader Joe’s unexpected cheddar cheese
Cilantro and Lime for garnish
Mix ground beef, taco seasoning, and one jar of cowboy caviar and cook on greased skillet until mixture is brown.
Place 6-8 taco shells on oven safe dish facing up. Place taco meat mixture generously on each taco and top with a couple of dollops of queso dip. Top with a handful of chopped tomatoes on each taco as well. Optional: Place a handful of shredded cheese on top.
Place dish in the oven set for 375 degrees and bake for 12 minutes or until the top on the shells look crispy and golden.
Garnish with cilantro
WHAT’S THE DAMAGE? 336 Calories a Taco! Not too shabby, my friends!