A Mexican Fiesta! This Taco Night Menu is Aa simple & delicious feast for any night!
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It’s been a fiesta all up in here! We love love love love Mexican food! When the kids ask what’s for dinner on a taco night, they are always excited! I love that, because I know everyone will eat a good dinner, and no one will ask me what else there is, or why I made this particular dinner, or say that I made the worst dinner ever (true story).
Taco nights are our most fun dinners! They are easy to put together which makes them perfect for any day of the week: Taco Tuesday, Fajita Friday or as we like to call them, Fiesta Fridays! With help from Old El Paso, some simple ingredient prep and delicious ingredients, dinner is served!
On this past weekend we had Fiesta Friday! I usually like to keep things really simple, but this day I wanted to add a few more dishes to our meal. It had been a long week being back to school, so I wanted to make dinner just a little extra special for everyone!
So I pulled out my cookbooks and got planning. I knew I wanted to make a fresh salsa, some refried beans, a savoury rice to go with all of the other toppings.
Here is what I put out for our Fiesta Friday:
- Salsa Verde Cruda
- Taco Seasoned Ground Beef
- Green Chili & Cilantro Rice
- Easy Refried Beans
- Fresh taco toppings: chopped tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce and cilantro
- Grated cheese
- Sour cream
- Extra tomato salsa
- Old El Paso Hard and Soft Taco kit
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- 5 – 6 pieces tomatillos (husked and chopped into)
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- jalapenos for ours.) (the addition of these are up to you. Add as much or as little as you can handle! I just used 2 small chunks (including the seeds)
- 1 clove garlic (chopped)
- 2 tbsp white onion
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- Put the tomatillos into a food processor first, then add all the remaining ingredients on top.
- Pulse a couple of times just to get things mixing, then blend until the salsa is smooth.
- Season to taste, if necessary.
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Green Chili & Cilantro Rice
- 1 – 125 mL can of green chilis
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 clove garlic (chopped)
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups cooked white or brown rice
- Using a food processor, blend together the chilis, cilantro, garlic and olive oil until smooth.
- Add the chili mixture to the cooked rice and blend well. You may need to heat the spiced rice up, so you can either do this in the microwave for a few minutes, or on the stove top until it is heated thoroughly.
Recipe adapted from 200 Easy Mexican Recipes
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Now, let’s get everything else ready to go!
- Prepare your ground beef according to the directions on your Old El Paso Taco kit.
- Chop the tomatoes, lettuce and cilantro, and put them into self-serve dishes.
- Grate some cheese and put it into a serving bowl.
- Set out sour cream, and more salsa if you like.
- Set out the refried beans, rice and salsa verde.
- Warm up your taco shells.
- Now fill those tacos up with as many delicious toppings as you can get in them! I’m a hard taco kind of gal, and I load mine up until they are bursting!
We really enjoyed our Fiesta Friday! The food was delicious, the company was great…it was just all around a fantastic dinner! We’re making this a more regular tradition!