With Southwestern-Flavored Ground Beef, you can simultaneously make tonight's dinner and tomorrow's lunch. Just save out and refrigerate some of the taco meat and fixings such as shredded cheese and lettuce, plus chopped scallions and tomatoes. A good-looking salad like this will draw potential lunch traders. More likely than not, they'll be out of luck.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet until shimmering. Add onion; saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, oregano and cumin; saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add beef or turkey and cook, stirring often, until it loses its raw color. Stir in tomatoes; simmer to blend flavors, about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in cornmeal; cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens, almost instantly. Cool and refrigerate (or serve warm for dinner as tacos or taco salad).

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TO PACK FOR LUNCH

Put a portion of taco meat in a small container. Put some salsa in another small container. Put lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, scallions and shredded cheese in a plastic salad container or other lidded container. Pack tortilla chips in a baggie. Add a plastic fork and knife to the lunchbox.

Copyright 2004 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts

248 calories; protein 30.4g 61% DV; carbohydrates 7.9g 3% DV; fat 10.2g 16% DV; cholesterol 84.4mg 28% DV; sodium 344.6mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2007
This was just great! I halved the recipe and used 1 cup of salsa in place of the diced tomoato. The spices tasted like packaged taco seasoning without all that sodium! What an excellent and easy alternative! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/25/2005
I may have used too much meat for spices. As a result my husband was not fond of it. Read More
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323 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 191
  • 4 star values: 84
  • 3 star values: 37
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2007
This was just great! I halved the recipe and used 1 cup of salsa in place of the diced tomoato. The spices tasted like packaged taco seasoning without all that sodium! What an excellent and easy alternative! Read More
(93)
Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2006
Three pounds of ground meat for 10 servings seemed quite a lot to me. I made this for a leaner taco salad, so I scaled down. Used half a large onion, 1 large garlic clove, 1 tsp oregano, still full Tbs cumin because we love cumin, 1 pound ground turkey with about 2 Tbs lime juice squeezed in while onions were sauteed. Still used the full can of tomatoes since this was for taco salad. I also used crushed white corn tortilla chips to thicken the mixture till it reached the consistency I preferred. This was excellent. It still made quite a lot for a taco salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2005
I used lean ground turkey and it came out great for tacos (and almost fat-free!). The leftovers were delicious in a taco salad. I didn't have any canned tomatoes so I used chunky salsa and added 1/2 cup of water. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2006
I have tried a similiar dish but never with the cornmeal nor fresh spices - it made a whole lot of diffrence to the texture and taste of the beef. It was much more moist and delish:) Was well worth it.. yummyyyyyyy:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/25/2005
I may have used too much meat for spices. As a result my husband was not fond of it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/07/2006
This was very tasty and didn't take a lot of time or effort to make. Just top the tacos and you've got a meal (okay more like 2 or 3 meals). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2007
I gave this recipe 5 stars. The meat has a very good flavor. I will never buy packaged powder again. It makes a lot. I made it for my family and shared it with a friend that had just had a baby. We still had enough left for lunch the next day! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2007
good stuff! i'm not a fan of the spicey envelopes of salty junk my mom normally uses to make taco meat and i was on the hunt for a replacement. the spices didn't overwealm the rest of the taco and had a super taste! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/03/2015
This was very good and a nice substitute to the taco seasoning packets that have a power punch of sodium. The only thing I did differently was to use a can of Rotel as I didn't have tomatoes on hand. BTW - this was better the second day as it gave the flavors a chance to meld. Goodbye taco packets! Thanks Pam for a healthier alternative!!! Read More
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