taquitos

This is a simple recipe, fairly healthy and loved by all the members of our family. Give it a try for your family. INGREDIENTS: 1# ground beef, 1 package of taco seasoning, 2 celery stalks, 1/4 onion, 1 tomato, 1 carrot, 1/4 cup fresh spinach, 1/2 cup shredded cheese, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and 8-10 small flour tortillas.  Take the flour tortillas out of the fridge as you start to chop and cook so they will be softer and easier to roll up.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Chop all your veggies very small.  In a large pan, brown your ground beef.  Add the taco season, 2/3 cup of water, all your veggies and cook on medium-high for 5 minutes.  Let the mixture cool so you can comfortably handle it to roll up the taquitos.

Prepare a cookie sheet by covering it with a piece of tin foil, cut down on your clean-up process.

Use about a 1/4 cup of the meat mixture and spread it in a line down the middle of the tortilla, sprinkle with cheese, roll it up and place on the cookie sheet.  Continue until you use up all the tortillas.*

With a basting brush, brush the tops of the taquitos with vegetable oil.  Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the taquitos start to brown.  Enjoy!

* if you have extra meat either serve it up on the side, use more tortillas or store the meat to add to your next batch of chili.

** You can add anything to these taquitos and they will taste great.  Other options include beans, cilantro, parsley, nuts or meat substitute.