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September 08, 2005

Quick and Easy Tacos

Fiesta! Whether with friends or family, this festive recipe is sensationally simple.  And kids love making tacos almost as much as they love eating them, so why not let them have a go at making you dinner for a change?

 (12 crispy or 4-6 soft tacos)

    1 small onion, finely chopped
    2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
    2 tablespoons chili powder
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    12 taco shells, 6 corn tortillas or 4 flour tortillas
    3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese (3 ounces)
    1 cup salsa
    Chopped tomatoes, lettuce, and onions for toppings
    1 avocado, peeled, seeded and chopped
    1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream

Cook onion and garlic in oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat about 2 minutes or until onion is tender. Add turkey; cook about 5 minutes, breaking up large pieces, until turkey is no longer pink. Add chili powder, paprika, cilantro, salt and pepper; heat until hot.

For tacos, heat taco shells in toaster oven 2 to 3 minutes or until hot. Spoon 2 tablespoons filling into each taco shell. For tortillas, microwave tortillas on High about 30 seconds each to soften. Spoon about ¼-1/3 cup filling down center of each tortilla. Top tacos or tortillas with cheese, salsa, tomatoes, lettuce, onion, avocado and sour cream. Roll tortillas around filling.

Substitution: If you don't have seasonings on hand, you can substitute 1 envelope (1 1/4 ounces) taco seasoning mix for the garlic, chili powder, paprika, cilantro, salt and pepper. Add the taco seasoning mix with the turkey. Prepare as directed.

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