Tacos with Squash8:54:00 PM
Can you tell that I've been getting a lot of winter squash in my co-op produce baskets? Squash in chili, squash hash, and now...Tacos with Squash.
Tacos are one of the most requested meals by my husband. I have found that I resist serving them very often. The reason: only the adults in the house will eat any vegetable type toppings (such as lettuce or tomatoes). So the meal ends up looking like a flavored ground beef sandwich with cheese on top. Not exactly healthy.
But I got to thinking...why can't I add some veggies into the beef mixture? My guess was that no one would be the wiser. And the result? My oldest child asked me what the squash was after dinner (I had an extra one).
When I told her that it was a squash, she said, "Yuck, I don't like squash."
I asked her, "Did you like dinner?" She nodded. Well, there was plenty of squash in that. What do you think about squash now?"
"It's pretty good in other stuff."
My husband also said that it was the best tacos I had ever made.
Tacos with Squash
1 lb ground beef (or your favorite ground meat)
1 onion, diced
1 packet of taco seasoning and 1/2 the water suggested on the package
about 1 lb of acorn (or other winter) squash (I used half a squash, reserving the other half for chili)
Brown meat. Drain if required. Add onions.
While meat is cooking, pierce squash in several places and microwave for 6 minutes. When cool enough to handle, remove seeds. Scoop out desired amount of squash and place into frying pan with meat.
Smash the squash in the pan as you saute. Cook until onions are softened. In a measuring cup, measure out half the amount of water called for on the taco seasoning package. Mix the taco seasoning with the water. Pour over the meat mixture and simmer until thickened.
Serve with taco shells or tortillas and various taco toppings.
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