It’s Taco Tuesday: An Easy Family Meal

taco tuesdayIt’s Taco Tuesday! And this is how I Roll:

  • Buffet Set-Up

I lay it all out there: sour-cream or full fat, plain greek yogurt, shredded lettuce, chopped jalapeños, cheese, tomatoes, salsa, scallions or cilantro.  I put it in the middle of the table and let everyone have their choice of toppings.

taco setup

  • Crunchy or Soft

If they don’t eat anything else, my kids will eat crunchy taco shells. I heat them for 5 minutes in the toaster oven just to get them crispy.  The soft ones, are for 3 out of 6 of us- I heat those too in the microwave.  We love options.  Not one kid eats like another.  It is so challenging and amazing.

  •  Extending the Meat

Again, only half of us eat the meat, but it goes so fast.  I brown the meat, add the taco seasoning, add 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of salsa. And my secret… I extend one pound of meat with one can of refried beans.  I like the vegetarian kind so there is no extra lard or weird  stuff.  It taste super yum and adds a creamy texture to the whole mix while doubling the “meat” that I am serving.

Taco Tuesday

  • Offering Options: veggie sticks, rice

Since it is a dinner that my kids like but don’t all love- I give them carrots, and veggie sticks and yogurt usually.  The kids that don’t eat meat put rice in the crunchy shell and that is their “taco.” It is still the meal.

Taco Tuesday admittedly sometimes falls on Thursday.  Or Sunday. But it’s an easy meal and one that we can eat together which we all enjoy. It isn’t always that we eat the exact same way or the same foods, but we are able to sit and enjoy a meal without tears or struggle and I feel like my pickiest of eaters tried the meal, as she eats the taco shell and some cheese. Baby Steps.

Taco Meat with Refried Beans

This is a great recipe to extend meat and make a pound of ground meat stretch in the meal to serve more people.


  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 3-4 Tbsp.Taco Seasoning or one packet of store-bought
  • Salsa
  • Water


In a non-stick skillet, brown the meat. Add the taco seasoning. Stir on a med-low heat.

Add 1/4 cup each of salsa and water. Stir as it simmers.

Add the beans. Stir until it is all combined and heated through.

Remove from heat and serve warm.


In a pinch, I have pureed a can of beans and added them to the meat instead of using a can of refried beans. It doesn't "hide" the beans as well for my picky eaters though, so I try to keep the refried ones on hand!

Taco Tuesday