Tired of Tacos? Remix Your Family Favorite With These Recipes

Tacos are usually a family favorite for dinner and an easy go-to meal during a busy week. Making a mix of ground turkey, taco seasoning and black beans can easily be turned into meals for the entire week. Whether it’s traditional tacos, taco salad, nachos or taco pie, these recipes are healthy and delicious.

Dinner time is also a chance to explore children’s senses from smell to touch, practice life skills, build healthy eating habits and practice good food safety. These taco-inspired recipes are easy to make and are guaranteed to make sure nobody gets tired of Mexican for dinner.

Taco Remix Grocery List:

  • Ground turkey
  • Black beans
  • Taco seasoning
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Bell peppers
  • Shredded cheese
  • Taco shells
  • Quinoa or brown rice
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa

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  • Olive oil
  • 2 (~15oz.) cans of black beans, drained
  • 9 tbsp. homemade taco seasoning OR 3 packs of store bought low-sodium taco seasoning
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 lbs. of ground turkey
  • Soft and/or hard taco shells
  • Lettuce, shredded or chopped
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Shredded low-fat cheese
  • Guacamole, salsa and/or Greek yogurt

Turkey and Black Bean Tacos

1. Heat olive oil in a skillet or dutch oven large enough to handle 3 lbs. of meat.
2. Brown the meat until cooked through.
3. Add the water, beans, and taco seasoning and stir to combine.
4. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Divide into 4 servings. Refrigerate or freeze what you will not be using within the week. Serve as tacos immediately. Enjoy!

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A Healthier Michigan Bell Pepper Nachos


  • Prepared taco turkey with black beans (see recipe above)
  • Bell peppers, use color of choice – de-seed and cut bell pepper into 6 boats or nachos
  • Shredded cheese
  • Optional toppings – guacamole, salsa, Greek yogurt, lettuce, tomatoes

Bell Pepper Nachos

1. Use bell pepper “nacho” boats to place prepared meat and shredded cheese.
2. If you would like you can also put the bell pepper nachos on a baking sheet and broil on high until cheese melts.
3. Serve warm. Add optional toppings, if desired. Enjoy!

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taco salad


  • Prepared turkey taco meat with black beans
  • Cooked quinoa and brown rice
  • Greens of choice
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Shredded low-fat cheese
  • Corn
  • Black olives, chopped
  • Avocado, de-seeded and chopped or guacamole
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Salsa
  • Cilantro
  • Green onion

Turkey Taco and Black Bean Salad or Bowl

1. Prepare salad or bowl with desired ingredients from list.
2. Use salsa, guacamole and/or plain Greek yogurt as dressing. Enjoy!

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taco pie


  • 1 lb. -prepared turkey taco meat with black beans
  • 3 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1 cup Mexican blend cheese finely shredded, quantity divided
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk or milk substitute of choice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Easy Crust-Free Taco Pie

1. Preheat oven to 350º Fahrenheit. Prepare a 9" pie pan by spraying cooking spray.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Stir in the green onions, salsa, 3/4 cup of the cheese, and the salt.
3. Stir prepared taco meat and beans into the egg mixture. Pour this mixture into the prepared pie pan. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
4. Bake pie in preheated oven for 35-45 minutes or until the top is brown and the pie is set. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite taco toppings such as salsa, plain Greek yogurt, guacamole, sliced green onions, or whatever else sounds good. Enjoy!

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