I gotta say, tacos are one of my favorite meals ever! Growing up my mother and I had them practically every other week and even now I still adore them. Delicious, cheap, and quick. Many days that is the most I can ask for.
With a handful of spices that you probably already have hidden in your cabinets you can easily throw together these flavorful tacos. To make things even more interesting drizzle some of this ridiculously tasty avocado cream sauce over the top to take your ordinary tacos to a whole new level.
Beef Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce
For Taco Meat:
- 4 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (10 ounce) can Rotel
For Avocado Cream Sauce:
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 ripe avocados, pitted and skinned
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 2 limes, juiced
- 1 jalapeno, membranes and seeds removed
- 2 garlic cloves
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Directions: Combine chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano in a small bowl. In a large skillet, warm a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Once the pan is hot add the diced onion and minced garlic. Saute the onion and garlic until the onion is just beginning to soften, 3-4 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook until the meat is completely browned. Drain the excess fat out of the pan. Sprinkle the seasoning mix over the meat and add the entire can of rotel, juice and all, to the pan. Stir to combine everything and continue to cook until the liquid has reduced by half.
While the meat is cooking add all of the ingredients for the avocado cream sauce to a blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth. Taste the sauce and adjust seasonings.
When the meat is finished serve in a warmed tortilla with your favorite taco toppings: diced tomato, lettuce, shredded cheese, jalapenos, and a healthy drizzle of avocado cream sauce.
Here are our cast of characters for the taco meat. You may find that you already have all of these spices hiding in your cabinets. It seems like a lot, but it makes for some beautifully flavorful tacos! Yum yum yum!
Toss the diced onions and garlic into your hot pan and cook them for a few minutes until just beginning to soften.
Add the ground beef and continue to cook until the meat is completely browned. Meanwhile… make the avocado cream sauce!
I only have one avocado in this photo because I decided last minute to add a second avocado and oh man, oh man, I am happy I did! Also, I only had a tiny jalapeño in my pantry, if you want more spice add another jalapeño to suit your tastes.
Blend everything in a food processor until completely smooth. Taste the sauce and adjust your seasonings- more salt, more pepper, a little more sour cream, whatever you think it needs.
Once the meat has browned completely, drain off the excess fat and sprinkle the seasonings and Rotel over the meat. Stir the meat mixture and continue cooking until the liquid has reduced by half.
Time to assemble! Gather all of your favorite toppings and go to town…
Throw a little, or a lot, of meat onto a tortilla…
A bit of cheese…
A little diced tomato and spicy jalapenos, live a little! What is life without a little spice? I should write Hallmark cards.
A pinch of lettuce because I’m on a diet… No comments please.
And a healthy dollop of the avocado cream sauce that we so lovingly pulverized in the food processor.
And repeat… repeat, repeat, repeat… I could probably eat my weight in these tacos! Ahem, I may have had seconds.
Don’t forget to save any leftover sauce! It is also tasty on sandwiches and salads. This stuff has a lovely zing from the lime juice and jalapeno, and then you get hit with the garlic and cilantro, lastly the cool flavor of the avocado and sour cream…Mmmm…
Hubby doesn’t know what’s good, so I had it all to myself. More for me!
Feel free to top your tacos with any of your favorite taco toppings. I sadly found that I was out of olives or else I would have buried my tacos with olives. But, diced onion or grilled corn would also be a delightful addition. Use your imagination and save some for me!