Lexi’s Mexican Night (Tacos, Mexican Plates, Lettuce Wraps)

Mexican night is always a big hit around here; and no matter what your food sensitivities are, there are always options! In our home it used to consist of my homemade refried black beans and shredded cheddar cheese, which have since been omitted. Now our taco night is a bit more simplified, but as delicious as ever.  Tacos, taco salads, lettuce wraps, or just the toppings as a Mexican plate? My version of taco night definitely includes all the above, and leftovers!

Lexi's Taco Night | | Lexiscleankitchen.com

DIY TACO NIGHT

Ingredients:

For the taco meat:

  • 1 lb. organic grass-fed beef (or ground turkey meat)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder

For the guacamole:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/8 tsp ground garlic
  • 1 tsp lemon or lime juice
  • A pinch of paprika
  • Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper (can omit or add more to taste)
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes (can omit or add more to taste)
  • Optional: 1/4 cup tomato, finely chopped
  • Optional: 1/4 cup red onion, minced

Everything else:

  • Organic corn tortilla shells (or tortillas of choice)
  • 3-5 cups organic romaine lettuce, chopped
  • Romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 organic vine ripe tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup scallions, chopped
  • Serve with salsa of choice, homemade or store-bought
  • Optional: 1 cup yellow onion, 1 cup green and red organic peppers, sliced and grilled
  • Optional: Cajun shrimp

Directions:

For the taco meat:

  1. In a small bowl combine the meat seasonings
  2. Take out meat from the refrigerator and place into a separate bowl
  3. Combine seasoning with meat and mix well
  4. Spray a large pan with spray of choice (I either use Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil Spray or Trader Joe’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Spray)
  5. Add meat and cook over medium heat until brown
  6. Place into a serving bowl

For the Guacamole:

  1. Cut avocado in half and remove the pit
  2. Scoop out avocado and place into a bowl
  3. Using a fork, lightly mash the avocado (leave some chunks!)
  4. Add spices and mix well, taste and adjust spices to your liking
  5. Right before serving, add onion and tomato and mix to combine (optional)
  6. Place in serving bowl

Everything else:

  1. Chop lettuce, onion, tomato, and scallions and place in serving bowls
  2. Place salsa in a bowl
  3. Cajun Shrimp: coat shrimp (8-12 jumbo shrimps) with 1 tsp chili powder, a dash of garlic, powder, and a dash of cayenne pepper; and grill for 1-2 minutes on each side

I  make sure to put out hot sauce. And there it is, mexican night, and all the variations!

VARIATION 1: DIY TACO NIGHT

Lexi's Taco Night | | Lexiscleankitchen.com

vARIATION 2: GO FOR A MEXICAN PLATE!

Healthy Mexican Plate | Lexiscleankitchen.com

VARIATION 3: …OR SOME LETTUCE WRAPS!

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VARIATION 4: Taco salads

Taco Salads | Lexiscleankitchen.com

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