Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Taco Tuesday ... Spicy Beef Taquitos

I thought I'd try out this Taco Tuesday thing for dinner, I usually don't do taco's since they are higher in calories and I'm trying hard to watch those.  I found a yummy recipe on my favorite weight watcher recipe site Emily Bites for Spicy Beef Taquitos.  It was actually pretty darn easy, it was a bit too spicy for me next time I think I'll tweak the recipe and use a regular taco seasoning.


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lb 95% lean ground beef
  • ½ cup salsa (I used pico de gallo)
  • 3 oz 50% reduced fat Pepper Jack cheese, shredded (I used Mexican Blend)
  • 16 6” corn tortillas (I used Mission Extra Thin Yellow Corn)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with foil and then lightly mist it with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Combine the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper in a dish and stir together to make your own taco seasoning. Set aside.
  3. Bring a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and add the ground beef. Cook while breaking up with a wooden spoon until beef is completely browned and broken into small pieces. Drain any grease from the pan. Add the taco seasoning from step 2 and the salsa and stir together until well combined. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and add the shredded cheese. Stir to combine.
  4. Place about half the tortillas between two paper towels and microwave them for 30-60 seconds until they are warm and pliable. Place a tortilla on a clean, dry work surface and then scoop two rounded tablespoons of beef filling onto the bottom third of the tortilla. Roll the tortilla up from the bottom to surround the filling and once it’s rolled into a tube, place it on the prepared baking sheet, seam side down. Repeat steps with the remaining ingredients (including microwaving the other half of the tortillas when you get to them). When all the taquitos are rolled and on the baking sheet, mist the tops of the taquitos with cooking spray.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes until tortillas start to get golden and crispy.
WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS PLUS:2 PP per taquito, two taquitos are 5 PP (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER TAQUITO:
98 calories, 9 g carbs, 3 g fat, 9 g protein, 2 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

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4 comments:

  1. Feel free to ship me some of those. They sound awesome!!

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  2. These look amazing...and they're healthier too! Love it. Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We'd love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. :) http://lifewithlorelai.com/2015/01/29/home-matters-linky-party-22/

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