Healthy Red Meat – Taco Recipe

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I am always looking for new ideas for things my boys might eat – I remember when they were younger they started to turn their noses up at all of the food I had lovingly prepared, so it kind of put me off. This makes me sad on two fronts, I am a massive foodie and love cooking, baking and eating what we make and secondly that the boys are not getting all of the vital nutrients that they need, and my two are growing so fast, that I need to ensure that they have lots of it.
We have lean red meat twice a week, usually ragu and one other dish, the boys normally opt for beef stew, but I thought I would try something else.  Did you know red meat has nutrients that are often low in toddlers and young children? Not everyone realises this, it was iron, zinc, B vitamins, selenium and potassium. So we tried beef tacos – The boys wolfed them down and even asked for more – Seriously, this make me so happy!

Mince tacos

This recipe is super simple:

1tbsp Olive Oil
400g lean beef mince
1 medium onion, chopped
Taco spice mix
Taco shells

Sour cream
Lettuce, shredded
Grated cheddar cheese


  1. Fry up the onion in olive oil, until softened
  2. Add beef mince and move around the pan, breaking up clumps of meat until it is all browned
  3. Add in the taco mix and cook as per pack instructions
  4. Then put into a large dish for serving, our kids loved that they got to make their own and put all the toppings onto the table for all to help themselves

We served it with polenta chips which everyone seems to enjoy!

So what did the kids think? Well they have asked for it again.  This is a picture of mine, they weren’t so keen on the jalapenos, but what they did like is the fact that they could pick and choose what they wanted to put onto their tacos and they also liked the fact they could use their hands. So there you have it – they are massive fans and we now have an extra meal that we can add to their repertoire.  Buddy said he was really surprised that he liked it (he’s the fussy one) and Bubbbles said ‘can we have it again tomorrow’ – I’d say that’s a pretty good result, don’t you think?

I know red meat has recently got some bad press, but for me a healthy balanced diet is more important. As my two grow, I think varying what you eat is a good idea and plus the Meat Advisory Panel, an independent group of health and nutrition experts have partnered up with BritMums to help cut through the confusion and promote red meat for children’s diets.  One of the nutritionists Dr Emma Derbyshire, a public health nutritionist and mother, says: “Including a small portion of red meat in the diet a few times a week after weaning can help to bridge nutrient gaps and so help to maintain good health through childhood and beyond.”

Disclaimer: This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel.

2 thoughts on “Healthy Red Meat – Taco Recipe

    1. Mummysknee Post author

      Thanks for commenting Kate – The boys loved it and it’s really reignited my passion of cooking for them – We are making pizza from scratch today and they want to help. Yeeha!


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