2 lbs extra lean ground beef (or ground turkey) 1 medium onion diced 1 small can diced green chilies, mild 1 recipe for homemade taco seasoning (below) 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans (regular or fat free)* 2 cups shredded Colby-jack or cheddar cheese flour tortillas, small to medium size
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet brown meat and onion over medium-high heat. Drain off any excess liquid. Add chilies, refried beans, tomato sauce, and taco seasoning. Mix well and cook for a few minutes until bubbly. Add a little water or tomato juice if the mixture seems dry. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the taco meat mixture onto a tortilla. Sprinkle with about a tablespoon of cheese. Roll up as you would a taquito, not filling the tortilla too full, but rolling fairly tight, so the tortilla will not come undone easily. Place filled tortillas in a single layer onto a lightly greased baking sheet, seam side down. Bake at 400 degrees for about 12-15minutes or until the cheese has melted and the tacos are heated through. Remove from the oven and serve with optional condiments. Makes about 12-15 medium tacos.
Taco Seasoning 1 tablespoon chili powder** 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon black pepper
In a small bowl, mix all together. If making extra seasoning, store in an airtight container. This is enough for one recipe of taco rollups above. **less chili powder if you are serving to those who don’t like spice.
Tips: -*I used about 3/4 of a 16 oz can of refried beans. We liked the filling with less bean and more meat. Another option is to add a can of drained pinto beans and smash them with a potato masher into the meat after the meat is cooked. Add about 1 tablespoon of canola oil while mashing beans. -If serving to young children (who may not eat a whole taco) or using as an appetizer, cut the tacos in half, preferably on a diagonal. -Heat up leftovers wrapped in a paper towel for about 1 minute in microwave.