Monday, August 22, 2011

Kid Approved - Creamy Beef Taquitos

My son is a very picky eater and his main staple of food has been chicken nuggets. So I am constantly in search of new recipes to try, hoping that he will love and enjoy a different meal for once.  Don't get me wrong...he has "other favorite dishes" now, but it's been a challenging process.

I actually found this blog, Meal Planning 101 from another recipe that I had pinned on Pinterest.com (i love that site!)....which led me to this fabulous dish...fabulous because my "picky eater" actually approved and ate his dinner! What caught my eye was the blogger's results below her recipe, which stated "Loved by the kids and the adults in our family"!   Sounds good to me!



Ingredients:

1 lb lean ground beef
2 tbsp taco seasoning
1/3 cup light cream cheese
1/4 cup salsa
1 tbsp lime juice
3 tbsp cilantro, chopped
2 tbsp green onions, chopped
1 cup grated cheese (cheddar, mozzarella or pepperjack)12 small flour tortillas (can also use corn tortillas)



Directions:
Heat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.

In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef and break it up into crumbles as it cooks. Add the taco seasoning and cook the beef about 8 minutes until cooked through.  (It didn't say this in her directions....but I drained some of the extra grease before adding the taco seasoning).

Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so it's soft and easy to stir. Add salsa, lime juice, cilantro and green onions and stir to combine. Once the beef is browned, add the beef and cheese to the cream cheese mixture and combine well. You can prepare up to this step ahead of time. Just keep the mixture in the fridge.

Place 2-3 tbsp of beef mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges. Roll it up as tight as you can. If your tortillas are cracking or breaking, you can microwave them for 10-20 seconds with a damp paper towel over top.

Once rolled, place seam side down on the baking sheet. Lay all of the taquitos on the baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray or brush with a bit of oil and sprinkle some kosher salt on top. Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown.

Dip taquitos in salsa, sour cream, or guacamole.

This recipe is by Meal Planning 101