Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 20 min Ready in: 30 min Yields: 18 tacos
Tacos are a great way to sneak healthy whole grains, vegetables, and lean meat into your families diet. Plus, tacos are extremely cheap and convenient. They can be as complicated or simple as you want (or as your ingredients in your kitchen). Tacos are extremely versatile, and work as a pretty decent refrigerator Velcro for any vegetables, meats or seasoning that you need to use.

Steak tacos aren't necessarily as healthy as chicken tacos or fajitas, but if you choose a lean cut of meat then they aren't that bad either.

I found the original recipe that I then modified here.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 3 tacos
Calories 573
Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value *
Fat 19 g 29%
Saturated fat 4 g 20%
Carbohydrates 40 g 13%
Sugar 5 g
Fiber 7 g 28%
Protein 60 g 120%
Cholesterol 136 mg 45%
Sodium 363 mg 15%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
How healthy are these tacos?

Pros
Calories are on track for a standard adult meal
Low in sugar
High in phosphorus
High in selenium
High in vitamin B12
High in vitamin C (91% of DV)
provides 35% of daily needed Iron

Cons
toppings can quickly make these tacos calorie, fat, and sodium heavy
Try a Different Taco Recipe as Well


Ingredients

Whole grain flour or corn tortillas
1-2 lbs of a thin lean cut of beef
2 cloves of garlic
1 onion
1-2 bell peppers
olive oil
seasonings: salt, pepper, chili (I use Tony's Creole Seasoning)
2 jalapenos (optional)
For garnishing tacos: (Choose any number of these)

sour cream
tomatoes
avocados
cilantro
shredded cheese
limes
Instructions

1. First prep all the ingredients. Slice the bell peppers and onions into strips, prepare (remove the seeds and membranes) and slice the jalapenos, and mince the garlic. Then slice your meat into strips. If your steak was very thick then make sure to flatten it with a meat tenderizer. You want thin strips to cook quickly.

2. Heat the pan on medium-high/high heat with some oil in the pan. Once hot add half of the garlic and as much meat as you can fit in a single layer in the pan without causing the pan to loose heat.


Cook the meat in small batches, making sure to season each batch and not overcook the meat.

3. Cook the meat on high, searing quickly until cook through but not overcooked. Since the meat is thin it won't take long to cook. Work in batches, and season each batch accordingly. I just heavily dust the meat with Tony's seasoning. Once the meat is done, transfer it to drain on a plate with a paper towel while you cook the next batch. Add more oil as you need, but remember that this isn't frying, the oil is just to help it cook and keep it from burning to the bottom of the pan.


Cook the bell pepper, onion, and garlic in a pan picking up the bits that the meat left in the pan.

4. Once all the meat is finished and out of the pan, add the remaining garlic, bell peppers, onion and jalapenos to the same pan the meat cooked in. You may need to add a small amount (1 tablespoon) of oil. Lower the heat and let the vegetables cook until soft, while you warm your tortillas.

To cook corn tortillas, simply place over a clean gas burner and cook until charred in a few places. It may sound crazy, but it works.

5. There are a few options for warming your tortillas: microwave, frying, and warming over direct flame. For flour tortillas I prefer to fry in a small amount of olive oil in a hot pan, and for corn tortillas I clean a burner on my stove and cook the tortilla over the direct flame until slightly charred around the edges. To microwave simply wrap the tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave in 10 second increments until warm. Obviously warming them in the microwave or on the burner are healthier methods than frying the tortillas, keep this in mind if your watching you calories or have someone in your house on a heart healthy diet.

6. Assemble the tacos. Put meat on the tortilla and top with whatever veggies that you have handy. Be careful when topping with sour cream, cheese or any other rich substance as that will quickly add sodium, fat, and calories.