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Nellie & Phoeb's in the Kitchen: My Skinny Minny Tacos or Bowls

Ground Turkey, Black Beans, Peppers, Onions, Green Chilies & Homemade Taco Seasoning, on a Bed of Fresh Spinach or Wrapped up in a Low Carb Tortilla

I could eat Tex-Mex 5 days a week! It's always my first choice when we eat out, primarily because Mexican restaurants are always a little louder (& drown out my 3 small kids), they have free chips & salsa (kids get fed immediately, no waiting for food), & because I LOVE it. I am a salsa, queso, & guacamole junky! I'm also a huge fan of cheese, all cheeses really, & 50% or more of the menu is usually topped with it! Bring it on!

But, when I am home, I try to keep my Tex-Mex a little lighter. I usually use ground turkey in place of ground beef, especially when I'm adding heavy spices, like taco seasoning. It really becomes more of a texture thing for me, & I don't miss the beef at all. I try to use corn tortillas when I can, but this recipe needs flour tortillas, I highly recommend the Mission brand low carb tortillas!

I recently started making my own taco seasoning, it's all ingredients I have in my pantry & it only takes a minute to mix up. I use a tablespoon of it per pound of ground meat. I store it in small glass food storage container.

Brown the ground turkey, add in chopped onion & bell peppers & cook till they are tender. Add in the black beans, tomato paste, green chili's, & the taco seasoning. Simmer for a few minutes, until the mixture is warm. 
Serve over a bed of fresh spinach, top with low fat cheese & salsa. Cilantro, green onions, & a tablespoon of sour cream or Greek yogurt would also be great additions!
I made my little girls tacos with the meat mixture, fresh spinach & a sprinkle of cheese. My husband & I opted for the no carb version & ate it bowl style.

Simple Homemade Taco Seasoning
2 tablespoon Onion Powder
2 tablespoon Garlic Powder
2 tablespoon Cumin
2 tablespoon Chili Powder
1 tablespoon Sea Salt
1 teaspoon Cayenne

Combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container. Use 1 tablespoon for every pound of ground meat.

Skinny Minny Tacos or Bowls
1 pound lean Ground Turkey
1 can Black Beans, rinsed & drained
4 ounces Tomato Sauce (half of a small can)
4 ounces canned Chopped Green Chilies (half of a small can)
1/3 cup chopped Bell Pepper, any color
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon Taco Seasoning
Fresh Spinach
Optional Topping Ingredients:
2% shredded Cheddar Cheese
Sour Cream or Plain Greek Yogurt
Green Onions, chopped
Brown ground turkey over medium heat, drain fat. Add bell peppers & onions, cook until they are tender. Add Taco Seasoning, black beans, tomato sauce, & green chilies, cook until warm.
Serve over a bed of fresh spinach or on a flour tortilla, top with your choice of toppings.
Enjoy your guilt free Tex-Mex!!!


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