Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bulking up your tacos with that little baggie of meat...

Grandma Hope's Taco Filling
(from ourrecipeclub.com)
  • 6 lbs. lean ground beef, browned and drained
  • 2 green peppers, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 potatoes, peeled and grated (use hashbrowns if you'd like)
  • 6 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1 pint ketchup
  • 1- 46 oz. can tomato juice
  • 3 packages taco seasoning (season to taste)

In a very large pot or electric skillet, brown ground beef and drain off fat. Add peppers, onions, potatoes and carrots. Stir until combined. Add in ketchup, tomato juice & taco seasoning. 

Simmer for about 3 hours, or until veggies are tender. Makes enough for a very large crowd, or for placing in tupperware containers and freezing until needed. Perfect for tacos, nachos, taco salads, etc.

This was really tasty, actually.  I had a little bag of meat, what- 1/2 lb or something?, and after all the potatoes and stuff were added there was actually a lot of taco meat!  Awesome.  This is great for big family dinners or reunions and stuff.  The potatoes bulk it up, the carrots are hidden tasty veggies, though I do recommend you grate them rather than chop them because they'll disappear better if they're grated.  The potatoes disappear, though you can taste them just a little.  I didn't have tomato juice, so I used crushed tomatoes and some water.  I also pretty much halved and halved again this recipe for my family. You just kind of eyeball it.  Also- to save time, because for sure I did not plan for 3 hours of simmering time, I nuked the potatoes and carrots in the microwave to soften them (don't overcook the potatoes) and then combined them with the cooked beef and onions.  The kids liked these tacos.  I made sure not to make them too spicy.  

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