Veggies in Your Taco Meat

Between housesitting for ten days, looking for a new place to live, and packing, we have been insanely busy.

I haven’t taken the time to visit my little corner of the internet nearly as much as I’d like, so I thought I would at least do a favorite recipe post. We still gotta eat, right?

The main reason I love this recipe so much is it is so versatile.

Another reason it’s awesome, it has three different vegetables in it! And half the time the kids don’t notice! I’d love to say they never notice, but that is too big a claim. (Just keepin’ it real!)

Lastly, I love this recipe because it freezes spectacularly, (that’s right, “spectacularly.”)

Add a ton of veggies to your taco meat, and it becomes healthy!

You will need:
1 pound ground beef (or to make it even healthier, ground turkey)
1/2 chopped bell pepper
1/2 diced onion
2 grated carrots
The smaller you cut everything, the better you hide it  from the kids…

IMG_2385.JPGThrow everything in a pan and cook.IMG_2386.JPGDepending on your plans for this mix determines your seasonings.

If you want to use it for taco night, add a taco seasoning packet (or your own taco seasoning.)IMG_2387.JPGIf you want to freeze it and have it handy for future meals, just simply add salt and pepper.

When I make it, I double or triple the recipe and freeze all of the leftovers in quart sized freezer bags. Label it clearly, flatten it out, and toss it in the freezer.

You can add this to anything you would normally make with ground beef. Spaghetti, chili, lasagna, quesadillas…you get the idea….

I’ve made this for many a Fantasy Football parties and it has always been a hit!

What’s your favorite go to recipe?

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20 Comments

  • Reply andthreetogo

    Great idea! I always appreciate any recipe that helps me hide veggies from z. 🙂

    October 22, 2014 at 6:11 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Thanks! Me too! I’m always on the lookout for more!

      October 22, 2014 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Naomi

    I used to do that with spaghetti sauce when the kiddo still liked it. You can put all kinds of hidden stuff, squash and the like, in a sauce!

    October 23, 2014 at 9:21 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      My kids still like it for now. Haha! I love it in spaghetti. I should try other stuff-haven’t tried squash yet!

      October 23, 2014 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Valerie

    Ooh, thanks for posting this idea! A great and easy way to get more veg into a dinner. 🙂

    October 23, 2014 at 5:12 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Absolutely! Whatever it takes!

      October 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply On the Yellow Couch

    What a great idea to mix it all together! Yum!

    October 24, 2014 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Ellen Oliveira

    I love taco’s and I never really thought to freeze this!! It would awesome and so quick to make pretty much anything out this. Light bulb just went on in this little head of mine. Thanks for sharing.

    October 24, 2014 at 10:30 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Sure! I hope you like it! I always have a few bags in the freezer for last minute meals!

      October 24, 2014 at 10:56 am
  • Reply melissajane01

    Those carrots blend in very nicely. I’ll have to try this for the kids.

    October 24, 2014 at 10:54 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      They do! They practically disappear!

      October 24, 2014 at 10:56 am
  • Reply twitchetts.blogspot.com

    This is perfect! I’m always cutting my meat to make it stretch farther, organic can get expensive!!

    October 24, 2014 at 11:28 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Very true! I forgot to include that part of it-the amount of meat seems to double!

      October 24, 2014 at 11:29 am
  • Reply CourtneyLynne

    Tacos are my all time favieeeee food so omg these look fantastic ❤❤❤❤ now I’m hungry for tacos lol….

    October 25, 2014 at 8:24 am
  • Reply pickettfamily

    Looks super healthy and really yummy. Can’t wait to try this.

    October 26, 2014 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Tricia the Good Mama

    This is so simple I can’t believe I haven’t thought of it! We love tacos in our family, but we always keep everything separate for some reason. I’m not sure why! haha I’m definitely going to try it all together from now on.

    October 29, 2014 at 12:42 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      The flavors of the veggies and meat are really, really good. And you feel like you’re being a little healthy on taco night. ha!

      October 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply pickettfamily

    Yum, I was skimming your blog and I came across this article again. It was so appealing, I forgot I had commented here months ago!

    November 30, 2014 at 6:52 am
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