Taco Bites: Have a fiesta this weekend!

June 9, 2012

Fiesta Taco Bites

We have the Hungry Papa to thank for these adorable Beef and Bean Taco Bites. They were tasty because of me, but cute and festive because of him. I always give credit where credit’s due.

Last Saturday night was taco night at our place and we’d run out of shells**. The Hungry Papa went to grab tortilla chips and found the kind shaped like a scoop. He filled the crunchy bowl-shaped chip with the fixings spread across the table—taco beef and beans, cubed avocado, a particularly casual pico de gallo, and cilantro broccoli slaw—and, just like that, the Taco Bite came to be.

Tell me you don’t think these are genius?! First off, how cute would they be for a kid’s birthday party? They’re also pretty enough to be an appetizer at a grownup fiesta. (Pin that to your Cinco de Mayo board. Or, um, mine.) Even better, they make an irresistibly fun family dinner without any more work than a regular taco night. Seriously, what kid is going to say no to these?! It’s dinner in a TORTILLA CHIP. It’s THEIR SIZE.

I dare you to find a child who will resist. I tried. The Hungry Baby is a reluctant eater. In fact, he wasn’t feeling taco night. Until…

Hungry Baby Taco Bites

Okay, it helped that we’d taken the fiesta outside by this point. (Remember: This all happened after the taco shells were gone. We’d been sitting at the table for a while before taco bite excitement ensued.) But, still. He ate. Even the broccoli slaw that was carefully tucked in the just-his-size bowl.

The Hungry Boy ate, too (of course), but this time without picking through the layered together ingredients to ensure that they met his high standards.

Hungry Boy Taco Bites

He just popped them in, one after another.

So, yea, I think that these are genius and that you should think they are genius, too. Disagree? Take it outside the fiesta, cuz it’s only good times in here.

Taco Bite

How-To: Beef and Bean Taco Bites
(can be adapted for kids 10+ mos)*

* Start by making homemade taco seasoning. It takes 4 spices and 2 minutes.

* Sautee onions in a light drizzle of canola oil and ½ can of tomato paste. Add taco seasoning and 1 pound of all natural, humanely raised, organic ground beef. (Not trying to hit you over the head with labels, but ground beef is one of those ingredients for which you want to go out of your way to get the highest quality.) If your beef’s got good fat content, which is preferable for taco night, it will give off a good amount of moisture. If it’s super lean, you may want to add a splash of water or broth. You don’t want the beef to be dry.

* Once the beef is cooked through, add a drained and rinsed can of black beans. Season with salt and pepper, and cook for about 2 minutes to heat the beans through and bring all of the flavors together. Taco beef done!

* Shred some lettuce. Sometimes I skip the lettuce and substitute a quick Broccoli Slaw with Cilantro Yogurt Dressing. (It’s perfect on beef and been tacos!)

* Cube an avocado.

* Chop some seeded tomato and toss with finely diced red onion. Add chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime.

* Shred some great, super sharp cheddar cheese and grab the sour cream.

* Assemble: Spoon some beef and bean mixture into the bottom of your scoop-shaped tortilla chip and top with the rest of the goodies.

*Note: I recommend skiping the taco shell or tortilla chips to share with kids younger than 18 months. For very little eaters, puree beef and bean filling and mix with mashed avocado and, if you like, a little bit of sour cream (or, even better, plain whole milk yogurt). It is safe to share this puree or mash with kids younger than 10+ mos, but I like to hold off on fatty meat like ground beef until 10 months.

**Note: It’s really hard to find crunchy taco shells made without any preservatives. So far, these made by Garden of Eatin are the only ones I’ve found. Let us know if you’ve found others!

42 Responses

  1. Perfect summer recipe!!!!!! They look so wonderful.

    Thanks for the helpful note.

  2. Cartamo says:

    This is delicious! I love tacos!

  3. Luana says:

    This food is one of the tastiest.

  4. Jones says:

    Yes! I was looking for that, thank you!

  5. Looks pretty delicious, congratulations. Here in Brazil like Taco.

  6. Timidez says:

    um i love taco delights.

  7. sibutramina says:

    I really enjoyed the information! A more delicious recipe than the other.

  8. Ricardo says:

    OMG!!! Delicious, especially on hot days!

  9. theos says:

    Amazing! It looks delicious! i have to eat!

  10. wow. great idea for birthday!

  11. Clique aqui says:

    Nice, good ideia, man!

  12. Fisionatuna says:

    Hello great taco article, always tend to eat near where I live, a Mexican restaurant TACO LOCO has several flavors, they are very delicious but then continue with my diet.

  13. Luana says:

    Oh gosh, they look amazing
    I’m gonna cook them tonight!
    Great article btw

  14. Appear to be very delicious, Thanks …

  15. Alex says:

    Perfect summer recipe!!!!!! They look so wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing.

  16. It looks so nice.
    Can you teach us how to do this?

    Thanks for sharing

  17. Delicious! I love tacos!

  18. Congratulations keep posting these fantastic items, thanks!

  19. It looks nice, especially on hot days!

  20. Delicious! Congratulations keep posting, I love tacos!

  21. Fernando says:

    Delicious! great idea for birthday!

  22. I bet it is delicious.

  23. familia says:

    I want to eat now.

  24. Clique aqui says:

    It’s look tasty!!!

  25. Fernando says:

    Nice, good ideia :)!

  26. Saiba Mais says:

    I love tacos and this looks incredible!

  27. Thiago says:

    Very good great article

  28. OMG! I love it. I need some right now

  29. Plano Detox says:

    This is delicious! I love tacos!

  30. Hummmmm que delicia…..

  31. hummmmmmmmmmm…que fome…..cada coisa gostosa….

  32. fredede says:

    your article is very good… he blog is master

  33. Flavia says:

    Woooooooooow! Delicius, delicius!

  34. Paula Souza says:

    Gostei muito das receitas, obrigado por comparilhar

  35. humm! Thanks! Share this

  36. This is delicious! I love tacos! s2s2

  37. I love Tacos, thanks for sharing this delicious recipe, I’ll do it over the weekend.

  38. saiba mais says:

    Unfortunately here in Brazil we do not have Tacos, I love Tacos, they are delicious.

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