Spice Up Cinco de Mayo with Tacos – 2 Ways!
Cinco de Mayo is not only an important holiday for Mexico, but it is important in America as well. Back on May 5th, 1862, the Mexican Army had an unlikely victory over the French forces during the Battle of Puebla. In the U.S. the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. On this day, you may notice lots of dancing, celebration, and pinata breaking. In our household, we like to celebrate by cooking our favorite Mexican cuisine – tacos!
I love tacos, on any day that ends in y! I can’t just have them on Tuesdays. With that being said, I have really developed my taco recipe. What started out as a box taco mix so many years ago, has become a homemade recipe that I hope will be passed down to my great grandchildren one day. We have gone from eating beef tacos to spicing it up with shrimp, cabbage, chicken and so much more!
This Cinco de Mayo, I have decided to share two of my favorite taco recipes with hopes you can enjoy a little sweet and spice this year’s celebration. Now let me tell you my secret to having an amazing taco – Old El Paso! We eat healthy around the house, which means we do not eat regular taco shells. Old El Paso offers wheat taco boat shells, which is the only brand to offer anything wheat! When preparing my tacos, I head over to my local Walmart to pick up everything I need. Not only do they have everything needed to make them, but Old El Paso is priced low, letting me make more of my scrumptious meal without breaking the bank. Are you ready for my recipe? Here is my recipe for tacos – 2 ways!
Tacos – 2 Ways
Ingredients needed for Ground Beef Taco Boats:
- Old El Paso Wheat Taco Boat Shells
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- 1 TBS Chili Powder
- 1/4 TSP of the following spices (Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Dried Oregano and Paprika)
- 1 1/2 TSP Cumin Powder
- Salt and Pepper To Taste
- 1 can Refried Beans
- Toppings (I like Lettuce, Cheese, Red Onion, Sour Cream, and Tomatoes)
Directions for Ground Beef Taco Boats:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Brown your ground beef and drain the fat out. Add in the refried beans, spices and seasonings, and let it cook for around 5 minutes to let the seasoning cook into the taco mix.
- Fill your taco boat about half way full with the ground beef mix and sprinkle with a little cheese. Place in the oven long enough for the cheese to melt.
- Take out of oven and top with your favorite toppings.
Ingredients needed for Shrimp Taco Boats:
- Old El Paso Wheat Taco Boats
- 1lb Shrimp (peeled and deveined)
- 1 TSP each of the following seasonings (Chili Powder, Cumin Powder, Creole)
- Light sprinkle of Cayenne Pepper
- 2 Cups Cabbage (shredded) (I like to mix in a little red onion too)
- Mozzarella Shredded Cheese
- Green Goddess Dressing
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Season shrimp with seasoning and cook in skillet until pink. This is about 5 to 8 minutes.
- Place taco boats on sheet pan and place in oven for 5 minutes.
- Take your shredded cabbage and mix in enough Green Goddess Dressing until cabbage is wet. Fill the bottom portion of the taco boats with your cabbage, top with your cooked shrimp, sprinkle with mozzarella, and finally top with a little more Green Goddess Dressing. Optional: Squeeze a little lime juice over your taco boat.
If you are looking for a way to spice up Cinco de Mayo this year, head to your local Walmart and pick up Old El Paso products. No matter how you like your tacos, that is the way to go!