Contributed by: News Canada
(NC) - Kids often need incentives to eat heartily - and if finding those incentives is an on-going challenge, don't forget that home style Mexican cuisine can be just like a party at the dinner table.
Kids get to create their own tacos, make more mess than usual, eat with their hands, and eat lots of what they want. Better still, presenting the family with a Mexican fiesta from time to time can be as easy as finding the right grocery aisle. The food kits available now make dinner a breeze.
"All across Canada, Mexican cuisine is truly the best of two worlds," says Ivan Guillen, spokesperson for the Old El Paso line of tacos and fajitas kits. "This traditional taste treat is rich with authentic Mexican flavors teamed with contemporary flair. The cornerstone ingredient is cornmeal and flour to make the tortillas, accompanied by nutritious tomatoes, chili, sweet pepper and beans." Here's just one "fiesta in a box" for the whole family:
- 1 lb (500 g) Canadian Ground Beef
- 1 pkg (465 g) Old El Paso Soft Taco Kit
- 1 cup (250 mL) frozen corn
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) diced sweet pepper or zucchini
- 2 cups (500 mL) shredded mozzarella, Cheddar, Monterey Jack or nacho cheese blend
- 1 can (14 oz/398 mL) tomato sauce
- Sour cream (optional)
Brown beef in large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally; drain. Stir in 1 cup (250 mL) water and seasoning mix; cook for 5 minutes. Stir in corn, pepper and 1 cup (250 mL) of the cheese.
Combine taco kit salsa and tomato sauce. Pour 1 cup (250 mL) into 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33 cm) baking dish. Place approximately 1/3 cup (75 mL) beef filling on each taco kit tortilla and roll up, leaving ends open. Place seam side down in pan.
Pour remaining sauce over tortillas; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover with foil; bake at 375 F (190 C) for 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with sour cream if desired.
To make ahead, cover and refrigerate the assembled dish; bake as directed.
Prep: 10 minutes, for 6 Servings, cooking: 40 minutes