The increased number of Mexican people in the country has seen an increase in Mexican restaurants. Perhaps your family has one particular restaurant they like to visit. You can make some Mexican food your kids will love by using some of these recipes.
One of the most popular Mexican dishes is tacos. Home-made tacos are easy to make with spiced ground beef, fresh vegetables, and cheese. What’s not to love? To make tacos you’ll need the following dried spices to season the ground beef:
- 2 teaspoons instant minced onion
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Ingredients for the tacos include:
- 1 pound ground beef or ground chuck
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup water
- Shredded lettuce
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Chopped tomatoes
- Chopped onions
- Sour cream
- Hard or soft shells, whichever your family prefers
- Bottled sauce, hot or mild to suit your family
Add all seasonings in a small bowl and stir to combine them. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet and drain. Add the seasoning and water and bring this to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and allow the mixture to simmer for 20 minutes. Add more water if the beef is too dry.
Serve on hard or soft shells. Put a layer of the ground beef mixture on the bottom of the shell; next add the other ingredients to suit each person. If you like, add sour cream, taco sauce, and shredded cheese.
Some children will eat anything as long as it has cheese. Why not make them a cheese quesadilla they’ll love? Cheese quesadillas are simply soft taco shells with shredded cheese placed on half of the open shell. Fold the shell over and grill the shell on both sides until the cheese has melted. Variations to the cheese quesadilla include adding shredded grilled chicken, mushrooms, refried beans, and guacamole.
Let your child help you make Mexican sandwiches. You’ll need two slices of bread for each sandwich, slices of cheese, mild picante sauce, tortilla chips, and a container of guacamole dip. (You can make your own guacamole dip or purchase some pre-made in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores.)
Begin by placing two slices of bread on a table. Spread guacamole dip on one of the slices of bread. Spread picante sauce on the other. Let the children crunch up tortilla chips and place them on the sandwich. Place a slice of cheese on one side of the sandwich and then close it up. Add black olives, lettuce, and tomatoes if your child likes those items.
These are just a few Mexican foods your kids will love. If you take them out to a Mexican restaurant, order a sampler platter or at least one dish no one has tried before. This way you’ll be encouraging your children to try something new. Who knows, it may become their new favorite!