Meal planning has to be worse than putting away laundry for me. I get tired of eating the same thing every week. I often think, “how on earth did we survive this long? I can’t remember what we ate the week before.” Sound familiar? Yep, that’s why having Taco Tuesday or Taco Thursday has became a thing in our house. At least I know what we will eat one day out of the week.
We love having tacos but having the same ground beef tacos can get a little boring. We have three taco recipes that we alternate so we can never get tired of taco night. Different tacos with different kinds of meats and flavors. Best part is two of them are crock pot recipes! I call this Tacos Three Ways.
Week 1: Ground Beef Tacos (traditional)
The ground beef tacos are the more traditional tacos. We will serve them with soft or hard shells. We only use organic ground beef but not the lean version. You want to use the 85% lean and cook out all the grease and drain it. Then you add your seasonings (I use two different taco seasoning packs, but prefer McCormick) and simmer. Our toppings include shredded cheese, homemade guacamole, salsa, lettuce, sour cream and hot sauce. Pretty simple and typical.
Week 2: Salsa Chicken Tacos
These are probably my most favorite! You take chicken breast throw them in the crock pot on low. Pour 1/4 of fresh squeezed lime juice on the chicken. Top that with a taco seasoning packet or your own taco seasonings. Then top chicken with a jar of salsa, we use a fresh local salsa from our grocery store. Then top with cilantro and cook for 4 hours. Shred chicken at 4 hours and let cook for an additional 30 minutes then serve on soft tortillas and top with fresh cilantro and ranch dressing! These are SOOOO good!
Find full recipe HERE.
Week 3: Flank Steak Tacos
These are my second favorite. These are made with flank steak meat which is sometimes a little hard to find but look or ask your local grocery store. These take about 8 hours on low in a crock pot. I throw in my flank steak, make sure to roll it out. Then I add my seasonings (salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, red pepper, cumin and chili powder) on both sides. Then slice onions, green bell pepper, red bell pepper and a small jalapenos on top of steak and cook. Your house is going to smell AMAZING all day while this dish is cooking. I like to take the jalapenos seeds out so it’s not “too” spicy for the kids. Serve on flour tortillas and enjoy!
Find full recipe HERE.
I think having a set day to make a certain type of food helps me not feel like I am so crazy trying to put together a grocery list while in the school pick up line every Monday. Frantically trying to build a list for the whole week. I also shop twice a week because I feel like food goes bad if I shop once a week and it’s not super fresh. I NEVER freeze meat like ever. I always forget to take the meat out in time to defrost.