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2 Ways to Make Tacos

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Whether you want to stick to a vegetarian option or use ground beef, the possibilities are endless when it comes to tacos. Follow this guide to mixing up your taco night, and have your family choose their favorite. The best part is, no matter which recipe you go with, it can be done easily and with minimal prep time spent on your part. All you need are the right ingredients and a slow cooker, and you can make a tasty Mexican dish your family is sure to look forward to for years to come.

Try a vegetarian taco.Try a vegetarian taco.

1. Veggie Tacos
Believe it or not, there's such thing as vegetarian tacos, and they're no ordinary dish. Combining the flavors of chipotle dressing and black beans and sweet potatoes, this recipe is one even the most die-hard carnivores will love. Break out your blender in addition to your slow cooker for the complete meal.

For the tacos:

  • 1-1/2 cups sweet potato, small dice
  • 2 cups cooked black beans 
  • 1 can chili style diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • juice of a lime
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon molasses.

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup organic raw cashews (soaked for at least an hour), drained then rinsed well
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2-3 canned chipotles
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • squeeze or two of fresh lime
  • salt, to taste.

Place beans, sweet potato, diced tomatoes, spices and juice of half of the lime in your slow cooker. Cover the lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours. The sweet potato should be tender and soft after cooking. Mash the two ingredients together slightly, then turn up the setting to high. Add in garlic, lime juice and molasses and let cook for 30 minutes. 

While that's heating up, prepare the chipotle dressing by placing cashews, water, chipotles, vinegar, garlic, lime and salt in your blender. Mix on low speed and add in water as desired until you achieve the perfect texture. 

Remove the bean mixture from your slow cooker and serve with remainder of ingredients for guests to mix in as they desire, and keep the chipotle dressing on hand to drizzle over the finished product.

There's nothing like a classic beef taco.There's nothing like a classic beef taco.

2. Beef Tacos
A classic Mexican dish, tacos made with beef are some of the most common types. However, that doesn't mean they need to be bland or boring. In fact, the end result is quite the opposite when you use the following recipe. With hot sauce and pickled jalapenos, the dish is not for the faint hearted. Serve this when you want to spice up your night and keep dinner interesting. If your guests are hesitant about the spice, simply leave both ingredients on the side for people to add on their own.

You'll Need:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapenos with broth
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Flour or corn tortillas, warmed
  • Shredded Cheddar, for topping
  • Sour cream, for topping

In a large sauce pan over medium heat, drizzle vegetable oil and cook ground beef until browned. Add salt, chili powder and tomato paste, continuously stirring over heat. Place in slow cooker and add hot sauce, jalapenos, onion, tomato sauce, bell pepper, cumin and pepper. Cover the lid and cook on high for 4 hours or until beef is tender. Remove from slow cooker and serve with tortillas, shredded cheese and sour cream for guests to include according to their preference. If your guests add too much hot sauce, they can counteract the spice with a spoonful of sour cream. Enjoy!

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