Creating a nutritious family dinner doesn’t have to mean sacrificing favorite dishes. For a healthier take on a traditional ethnic meal, these Blended Tacos involve blending ground beef with mushrooms before adding your desired toppings.

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Blended Tacos

Recipe courtesy of the Mushroom Council

Yield: 12 tacos

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1 pound button mushrooms, finely chopped

1 pound 80 percent lean ground beef

12 crunchy taco shells, warmed

2 cups grated cheddar cheese (optional)

1 large tomatoes, diced (optional)

1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded (optional)

In small bowl, mix chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and salt. Stir in water and set aside.

In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add chopped mushrooms and ground beef and cook thoroughly, about 7 to 10 minutes. Carefully drain excess grease, if necessary.

Add seasoning mixture to mushroom-meat mixture and stir to combine. Bring to simmer and cook 3 to 5 minutes.

To assemble, add about 1/4 cup mushroom-meat mixture to bottom of each taco shell. Layer shells with cheese, tomatoes and lettuce, if desired.

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