Friday, February 13, 2009

QUICK AND EASY SOUTHWESTERN BEEF TACOS

8 (6-in) flour tortillas
1 med avocado
2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lb. lean ground beef (or turkey)
1 med onion, cut into small wedges
1 green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2/3 cup + 1/2 cup prepared salsa
1/2 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Wrap the tortillas in foil and place in the oven to warm. Leave about 5 minutes. Peel avocado and cut into wedges. Place the wedges onto a small plate and cover tightly with plastic wrap.

Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the beef; cook until brown and crumbly, about 5 minutes. Drain any fat from the beef. Add the onion and bell pepper. Stir-fry the beef mixture for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are crisp tender. Add the 2/3 cup of salsa to the skillet mixture. Stir-fry for 1 minute longer.

Divide the beef mixture evenly among the 8 tortillas. Fold the tortillas over and place on a serving platter. Top with the avocado wedges, sour cream, and the 1/2 cup of salsa. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese.

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