Eating Well: Tacos!

I made tacos for dinner last night, and they went over well with my five-year-old son. He assured me that they “taste just like Taco Bell”. I’m not sure if that’s an endorsement or a condemnation, when you get right down to it, but he seemed quite positive about dinner. And he ate the whole thing, so there’s that.

Bear in mind that there is nothing particularly creative about this recipe. To make it, you’ll need the following:

1 lb hamburger (I had 80% lean).  72 cal/ounce
4 tbsp Taco Seasoning. Negligible calories. (I used a pre-made one, because the recipe I use to make it out of my own spices generally ends up too hot for my wife and son.)
2 whole wheat flour tortillas per person. 130 cal/tortilla
1/8 cup shredded cheese per taco. 57 calories.

  1. Brown the hamburger. Drain the grease and return to the skillet.
  2. Wrap the tortillas in tinfoil, and warm in a 200 degree oven (Fahrenheit, that is;  about 93 Celsius, if you use that)
  3. Mix the taco seasoning in about half a cup of water, then add to skillet. Simmer until thickened.
  4. Spoon 2 oz cooked hamburger onto each tortilla. Add cheese, shredded lettuce, and tomato.
  5. Per taco, you’re looking at 331 calories (the tomatoes and lettuce have a negligible amount of calories, really, unless you put a lot on). I figure two tacos are about right for a meal, so that’s 662 calories. You can reduce the calorie count by using ground turkey, which comes in at 42 calories per ounce. Mixing turkey half and half with the beef takes it down to 301 calories per taco, and using nothing but turkey takes it down to 271 calories per taco. You can also save calories by using lower fat ground beef.  93% lean has only 43 calories/ounce, and 97% lean has only 34 calories per ounce. That’s 273 calories per taco and 255 calories per taco, respectively. You can also go with a reduced fat cheese, but that’s only going to shave about 8 calories off the taco. I think the extra 8 calories are worth it for a better-tasting cheese, personally.
  6. Like I said, there’s nothing extremely creative about this recipe. It’s a good platform to build on, though. Top it as desired, and just be sure to account for the calories of whatever you add. Sour cream. for example, will add 24 calories per tablespoon (56.7 calories per ounce).

If you’re curious, I use the taco seasoning recipe () from, when I make my own:

1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

  1. Combine all ingredients, mix thoroughly.
  2. Store in an airtight container.

2 thoughts on “Eating Well: Tacos!

  1. I suppose you could leave out the red pepper flakes to reduce the zing for your wife. Kids do get used to spice as they grow and taste over the years. My VERY picky eater did, so it must be true 🙂 .


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