Our Be Better Challenge is almost done!

Can you even believe it? Of course we can’t leave you guys hanging for the last weekend of the challenge. Here is an insanely easy recipe for the best homemade taco seasoning. We recommend making a big batch and keeping it in a mason jar or a sealed tupperware container all mixed up so that you can throw this stuff on EVERYTHING because believe me… you’re gonna want to. Your first order of business after making it is going to be these ground beef lettuce tacos with mango salsa and avocado spread. There’s a little prepping involved, but if you’re pressed for time you could always sub any of the homemade toppings for an already prepared topping of your choice! Not only are they easy, but they’re fun. You’ve gotta love a good dinner time taco assembly line!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

  • 4 Tablespoons Chili Powder

  • 2 Tablespoons Cumin

  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika

  • 1 Tablespoon Salt

  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder

  • 1 Teaspoon Oregano

  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika (optional)

Mix all your spices together in a container. Seal & shake. Season chicken, beef, steak, fish, veggies, etc. generously!

Beef Lettuce Tacos

For The Beef

  • 1/2 Small Onion, chopped fine

  • 2 lbs Lean Ground Beef (we use 90/10)

  • Homemade Taco Seasoning (See above)

  • Olive Oil

In a large sautee pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat. Add in chopped onion and sautee until translucent & fragrant. Top with ground beef & break apart into smaller pieces with a spatula. Season the ground beef & onions generously with taco seasoning and cook to desired doneness stirring occasionally.

For The Salsa

  • Cherry Tomatoes

  • Mango

  • Red Onion

  • Red Bell Pepper

  • Lime Juice

  • Salt & Pepper

This salsa can be made quick while your ground beef is cooking or you can easily make it ahead of time and let the flavors intensify in the fridge! I didn’t put amounts for all the ingredients because I think that everyone likes their salsa differently. I like lots of tomatoes and less red onion, my mom likes barely any red onion and lots of red bell pepper, and my dad digs the mango and could do without the tomatoes altogether. There’s really no wrong way to salsa! Just chop up all your ingredients small (I like to do cherry tomatoes in quarters, small dice on the mango, and really fine chop on the onion and bell pepper). No matter what your ratio, don’t go too heavy on the red onion unless you don’t mind warding off other humans all night with onion breath ;) Put it all in a bowl, squeeze in lime juice, stir, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

For The Avocado Sauce

  • 2 Ripe Avocados

  • Lime Juice

  • Salt & Pepper

To make your avocado sauce peel and pit your avocados and blend with enough lime juice to make your avocado sauce a smooth and fluid consistency. I used an immersion blender and did mine right in the bowl I was serving in. This would also be good just smashed with a fork if you like your avocado chunky! Season with salt & pepper to taste. If you really want to get crazy you can blend in some pineapple for a splash of sweet!

For The Tacos

  • Taco Beef

  • Salsa

  • Avocado Sauce

  • Thin Sliced Radishes

  • 1-2 Heads of Butter Lettuce

Tear off the pieces of your butter lettuce so you have your own mini taco shells. Fill with ground beef and top with salsa, sauce, and a few sliced radishes. We served ours with some coconut rice and we ate until there was nothing left :D