When I first met Brian, he cooked a “romantic” dinner for me at his bachelor pad and right then and there I knew… we would be eating out a lot. We dined at the coffee table using paper towels for napkins. He served dinner straight from the oven on aluminum foil. There were three things in his cooking arsenal that he prepared on a weekly basis: tacos, grilled cheese, and pizza. The pizza was frozen and came from a box but since he did have to turn the stove on, I believe that can be counted as cooking….
To this day, tacos remain one of Brian’s favorites; so, when the boys and I were trying to come up with a great Father’s Day meal, I knew it had to be taco inspired. In the past when I have made tacos for dinner, they have been a bit of a bust. It seems to be too complicated and messy for my little guys. They get upset when the taco breaks. They get mad when stuff falls out of the taco shell. The world ends when a tortilla comes unrolled…the list goes on and on.
So, it occurred to me that if I could make a bite size taco, it would be a perfect solution! Brian would love it and, hopefully, the kids would be able to eat it without any drama. Hence, our taco meatballs were born!
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeds and stem removed, finely diced (optional)
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes, drained and rough chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup crushed nacho chips (we used Xochitl brand)
1 lb. ground turkey, dark meat
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl combine the first eight ingredients.
Add turkey and mix well, but do not overwork the mixture. Shape into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet.
Bake for approximately 15 minutes, until cooked thru.
Serve with side of guacamole and chips. Recipe yields: 38-40 meatballs.
And the VERDICT is:
Matthew (age 5): “They taste exactly like a taco shell.”
Liam (age 4): “I hate it, well at least I didn’t spit it out.”
Dylan (age 4): “Matthew, do you want these with Dylan hands on them?”
Believe it or not, this was a pretty good verdict. When Liam doesn’t spit something out it is his way of complementing my cooking.
And as for Brian: he said he really liked them but actually preferred his tacos messy with all the fixings!
Have a great Father’s Day everyone!
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