Cooking with kids: Tacos

No need to go out for fast food. Here is a quick dish that is tasty too. Taco sauce, chopped green chilies, diced tomatoes or sour cream make tasty taco toppers.


1 pound lean ground beef

1 small onion, chopped

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

10 taco shells

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese or ‘taco’ cheese

1 cup lettuce, washed and shredded


Remember to wash your hands before cooking and to clean your work surface. Make sure there is an adult in the kitchen before preparing the recipe.

1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with onion. Drain liquid carefully. Spillage of hot grease can cause nasty burns.

2. Stir in the spices.

3. Heat taco shells according to package directions.

4. Spoon about 1/4-cup taco filling into each shell.

5. Top with shredded cheese and lettuce.

Helpful Hints

Cumin, pronounced KOO-mun, is a spice used in Mexican and Indian dishes. It is a flavor included in taco seasoning packets sold in stores. Oregano (uh-REG-uh-no) is a favorite seasoning in Italian and Mexican food.

Nutrition Facts

Recipe yields 10 tacos

One taco provides: 220 calories, 13 g total fat, 35 mg cholesterol, 200 mg sodium and 8 g total carbohydates