Tonight for dinner, I made Pumpkin Tacos. Okay, I realize how gross it sounds so let us call this recipe something else: Gourd-ish Tacos. Mama’s Surprise Tacos…I am currently accepting nominations to name this recipe.
The winner gets my unending appreciation for your creativity!
UPDATE: Thank you to Jess! These will officially be called Pacos at our house.
Seriously now people. It sounds horrible but I will tell you honestly that this is a FANTASTIC recipe. Fan-TAH-stick. My family was blissfully unaware they were eating healthy until SuperHub got suspicious of me spooning meat into his mouth with a funny look on my face.
“Why are you staring at me like that?”
“Is it good? Do you love it?”
“Yes, why are you staring at me like that?”
This is your typical Taco Meat with two differences: I used ground turkey instead of beef and I added one cup of pumpkin puree to the recipe.
With the pumpkin you are adding a power punch of vitamins to your meal and the meat has a beautiful consistency and color. You can tell by looking at it that it’s delicious and good for you.
Beta carotene – People who eat a diet rich in beta-carotene are less likely to develop certain types of cancer.
Potassium – A potassium rich diet lowers the risk for hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure.
Zinc – Zinc provides a major boost for your immune system and aids in bone density support for people at risk for osteoporosis.
Fiber – A fiber rich diet helps prevent cancer, heart disease and other serious ailments.
Antioxidant vitamins A and C – Also plenty of alpha-hydroxy-acids which helps to reduce the signs of aging.
You will need:
2 lbs Ground turkey (Or beef.)
1 Cup Pumpkin Puree (NOT Pumpkin Pie Mix!)
2 Packets Taco Seasoning
Your choice of crispy:
Blue corn tortilla chips (Any chip will do, I just love the color and flavor of these particular chips.)
Whole wheat tortillas (The kind in the refrigerated section contain whole grains and no hydrogenated oils.)
French (or Western) dressing to top off your taco salad….MMMMMmmmm.
Brown your turkey meat until no longer pink. Reduce heat and don’t let anyone see you add 1 Cup of pumpkin puree to the meat. Add both packets of taco seasoning and the water as directed on the seasoning packet. Stir well to combine and simmer on low. Be careful not to scorch.
Prepare your accessories and let each person assemble their perfect plate.
I made myself a taco salad. Superhub used a soft taco shell, smothered in re-fried beans, over a hard shell for his own version of a Double Decker Taco Supreme.
The kids ate Taco Roll-ups, meat and cheese rolled up in a warm tortilla.
Super duper yum.
Dinner was a success. My family was happily noshing, eating well and no one was running South of the Border.