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It’s Taco Tuesday: An Easy Family Meal #SundaySupper

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Hello my friends, I am sharing one of our favorite meals with you- and I know you know this one: Taco Tuesday! Except it’s Sunday. Yes, well. This is Hardly A Goddess after all, and I do enjoy my imperfections around here! So here we are enjoying tacos and any day we please like crazy people. And if you want even more recipes for your own Taco Tuesday (or any day!), the Sunday Supper bloggers have some great ideas- which are at the end of the post. Without further ado…

Taco Tuesday: An easy family meal

It’s Taco Tuesday… on a Sunday 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 filled with white rice. I heat them for 5 minutes in the oven at 375* just to get them crispy.  The soft ones, are for 3 out of 6 of us- I heat those too in the microwave for 30 seconds. Done.  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 can go fast if we’re hungry.  I brown the meat, add the taco seasoning (my homemade recipe), add 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of salsa. And here’s 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 usually give them carrots, and veggie sticks and yogurt on the side. The kids who don’t eat meat- three of them!- put rice in the crunchy shell and that is their “taco.” It is still the meal.

Taco Tuesday admittedly sometimes falls on Thursday…Or a Sunday like today, but it’s an easy meal and one that we can eat together at the table, 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 has tried the meal, as she eats the taco shell and some cheese. Baby Steps. Here’s the recipe for my tacos:

Taco Tuesday: An Easy Family Meal

What you need:

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

*For serving you’ll need: hard and soft taco shells, lettuce, tomatoes, pickled jalapeno, salsa, cheese, and sour cream.

What to do:

  • In a large non-stick skillet, brown the meat over medium heat.
  • Add the taco seasoning. Stir until mixed.
  • Add 1/4 cup each of salsa and water. Stir to combine.
  • Add the beans. Continue to simmer, for about 10-15 minutes(see note*), adding up to a can of water as it cooks.
  • Remove from heat and into a heat-proof bowl.
  • Serve with hard or soft taco shells and lettuce, tomatoes, pickled jalapeno, salsa, cheese, sour cream as condiments on the side.

*(note): I make my rice which I serve with this, according to package directions, as the meat is simmering for the 15 minutes. It usually takes about 20 minutes, which works perfectly with getting it all on the table.

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

For even MORE easy Taco recipes, check out the Sunday Supper Bloggers:

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Breakfast, Dessert, and Alternative Tacos

Lunch and Dinner Tacos

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Taco Tuesday: An easy family meal

Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup

My Soup Happy Place

My Soup Happy Place

A staple in our house for using all the left-over bits of tortilla chips in the bag, is this Chicken Taco Soup recipe.  If I ever lose this, I know it by heart- That’s how I know it’s worth putting here.  I adapted the recipe taken from the book, by Anne Byrn, What Can I Bring?, I’d love to actually have an opportunity to take it somewhere, but it never seems last even a day.  It’s easy to double the recipe, and easy to make substitutions based on your preference. I have made it in the crock-pot too but the stove-top version is fast and easy enough for most days.

I use my homemade taco seasoning instead of a packet to save on some nasty sodium and preservative levels…so I can save it for the chips, of course!!!

Now I sometimes still make it on the stove, the way the original recipe directs, but the easiest way that I make it on a busy work night is in the crock pot.  You won’t miss a thing.

Chicken Taco Soup


  • One medium crockpot
  • 28oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 14 oz can corn
  • 14 oz. can kidney beans
  • 14 oz. can black beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet peppers (frozen or fresh)
  • 3 Tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 4 chicken thighs with bone or 2 boneless breasts


Spray a medium sized crock pot with non-stick spray. Open and pour without draining the tomatoes, corn, beans, frozen or raw chopped peppers, taco seasoning, and raw chicken. Cook on HI for 5 hours, or low for 8-10.

1/2 an hour before serving remove chicken from the pot. If you use thighs or chicken with bone or skin, remove the bones and skin, and shred the chicken. (If you have skinless, boneless breasts, you can just shred. Add this back to the pot. Next, add 2 Tbsp. maseca ( or any instant corn meal), and about 1 cup (or two handfuls) of crushed corn chips. Mix with a spoon and cook on high for about a 1/2 hour more until thickened slightly.

Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, or hot sauce. Welcome to my soup-heaven.



This is an easy recipe to adapt to vegetarian, but I don’t need to usually.  I have been totally out of tomatoes and still made this with just broth instead. Still works.

I use my homemade taco seasoning mix instead of the envelopes but if you are in a hurry- then by all means use the packaged stuff.  I usually make a big batch ahead of time and then it is always on-hand for me.

I love this for a freezer meal too.  I usually serve it with grilled cheeses or paninis for the kids, as they don’t love the mixed up soups.  For MoonDog and I, I will make corn muffins or tortilla chips. Easy and warm after a long day at work or otherwise.


Homemade Taco Seasoning

Today I am writing to tell you to forget those little packets of spices that you buy in the store for a dollar and think they are so convenient.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love a good convenience food.  Especially if it tastes good and doesn’t cost much.  The problem is that I use convenience foods a lot, but just reading a few labels, I think they have a lot of extra preservative,s color, sugar, and MSG in them… Isn’t MSG like illegal yet? Jeez, they have know it has  been bad since I was a kid…and well, that was a LONG time ago! Anyhoo, so the crux of my dilemma is that, because I try to read labels, but I also use convenience foods a lot, those little bits of crappy weird stuff is actually a lot more than I think.  So, generally I try to cut down on the garbage especially if it is as easy as this.  Homemade is always better for us anyway, and this is so easy to make a big batch ahead of time and keep for when you need it.  And I usually need it more than once a week!   In the words of the LEGO movie, “It’s Taco Tuesday!,” every week- so if you operate like I do, you will use this atleast that often! Perfect:

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning


  • 2 teaspoons ground chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • dash ground cayenne pepper


Measure all out into a small covered container. Mix all together, and use 2 TBSP. for tacos in place of regular seasoning.


Now this amount is kind of small for do-ahead. If you want to make a big-batch just keep the proportions the same when you increase.

And if it happens to be Super Bowl Sunday, or another reason to make a layered taco-dip or Taco soup, then it is just that much more of a reason to enjoy your homemade taco seasoning version! Taco Soup