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This is a super versitile recipe! You can use any ground or shredded meat plus many non meat alternatives. If we use a meat that needs to be shredded, we cook it up in a pan and then shred it before adding the seasoning and water (step 3). This is also a recipe that doesn’t necessarily require taco seasoning. Use whatever spices you like and toss some salsa on it! Enjoy!

What you need:

  • 1-4lbs ground meat – any ground meat works or shredded chicken breast
  • Taco seasoning
    • 3 TBS chili powder
    • 1 TBS garlic powder
    • 1 TBS onion powder
    • 1 TBS cumin
    • 1 TBS oregano
    • 1 tsp cayenne
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • Avocado Salsa
    • 1 avocado
    • 1 medium tomato
    • ½ green bell pepper
    • ¼ red onion
    • Squeeze of lemon or lime juice, both are good 🙂
  • Optional: 1 cup of brown rice or taco shells. We use Garden of Eaten blue corn taco shells (look for very few ingredients and corn as the first one)
  • **2 TBS of mixed taco spice per lb of meat. The above recipe will make enough Taco Seasoning for 4lbs of meat. We (aka Brittany) make the seasoning in bulk in a large mason jar, so it’s always on hand.


1. Brown the meat in a cast iron skillet or saute pan. Don’t worry if little bits get crispy and stick. They will come off after you add the water and seasoning! 

2. If there is still fat in the pan, drain it. Then lower the heat and add water until you cover the bottom of the pan. 

3. Add 2 TBS of (mixed) taco spice. Mix taco spice and meat until well coated.  Let simmer until water is gone. If all the water gets absorbed when you mix the seasoning in, add a little more water.

4. If using hard taco shells, bake in the oven at 300 degrees for ~5 mins. This will keep the shells from falling apart when you eat them. *If eating with rice, start your rice before starting the meat.

5. Add meat and a generous amount of the pico de guac over the rice or to the taco shells. The meat should be 4-8oz for one serving.

6. EAT IT!!


Making your own spice mixes avoids fillers like corn starch and excess salt. It also might save you money if you buy your spices in bulk like we do. Skip the cayenne if you don’t like spice, but it’s pretty mild with it. You’ll have the vegetables to cool it down too! The salsa is your vegetable for this meal, so it should be a large serving or you can make a separate vegetable. If you don’t plan on eating a lot of it, don’t make as much because avocado does not keep well!

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