This is one of my favorite taco meat versions. It’s also great for burritos, taco salads and nachos. I especially like to make it with my homemade salsa which gives it lots of flavor! It’s quick and easy to make a big batch. Just divide it into meal-sized portions and store in the freezer.
1 4 oz. packet ranch dressing and seasoning mix (I like Hidden Valley)
1 1/2 tsp. brown sugar
1 (4 oz.) can diced green chiles
1 tsp. garlic powder or 2 cloves fresh minced garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. red pepper, ground or flakes (sometimes I just use hot sauce)
3/4 cup water
Cooking Day Instructions:
Brown the onion and ground beef in a skillet. Drain any excess grease. Add salsa, taco seasoning, ranch seasoning, brown sugar, green chiles, garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper. Stir to mix well. Add the water and simmer on low for about 30-45 minutes until mixture has thickened. If the meat mixture is too thick, you can always add more water and adjust the seasonings. Let cool. Freeze in meal-size portions. I like to use my Food Saver or just put the mixture in a gallon bag and shape it flat so it's easier to store in my freezer.
Serving Day Instructions:
Remove meat mixture from the freezer and thaw or defrost in the microwave. Heat through and serve in taco shells or warm tortillas. Top with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream or any of your favorite toppings.
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