Kids in the Kitchen: Make it Taco Tuesday Any Night!

Easy Taco Bake



1½ lbs. lean ground beef (or ground turkey)

14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies

½ cup water

1 cup sour cream

1 pkg. taco seasoning

8-12 oz. Colby Jack cheese, shredded

Corn tortilla chips



  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a medium skillet, over medium heat, brown ground beef and drain fat.
  3. Add the tomatoes, water, sour cream and taco seasoning.
  4. Simmer for 5–10 minutes.
  5. Grease a 9 x13 baking pan and line with tortilla chips.
  6. Cover chip layer with some of the ground beef mixture, then a layer of cheese.
  7. Repeat these layers until the final layer is cheese.
  8. Bake 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.


Mexican Street Corn Salad


10 ears corn

3 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped

2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

½ cup mayonnaise

1 tsp. chili powder



  1. Shuck the corn. (Let the kids help!) Boil the corn 3–4 minutes or grill the corn. (Note: grilling takes longer.) Let cool. (Run under cold water to help them cool faster!)
  2. Cut the corn kernels off the cob and stir in cilantro.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir mayo, lime juice and chili powder together.
  4. Combine the corn mixture and mayo mixture.


Mexican Rice



2 cups white rice, instant

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. sea salt

2 Tbsp. cilantro

1 tsp. garlic powder

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup tomato sauce


  1. In a large sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add cumin, salt and garlic powder, stirring constantly for one minute.
  2. Add tomato sauce and broth. Turn heat up to medium high and bring to a boil.
  3. Add rice and return to a boil, then cover and turn off heat. Let it sit while rice absorbs tomato sauce and broth, about 5 min. Fluff with fork. If rice seems wet, return to stove and cook over medium heat a few more minutes, stirring constantly until liquid is absorbed by rice.


Dinner Table Conversations: Let’s Taco ‘Bout It

  • Do you know what a palindrome is? A word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backward as forward.
    • “Taco Cat” spelled backward is “Taco Cat!”
    • Can you think of others? (Nurses run. Madam. Racecar. Step on no pets.)
  •  What do you call cheese that isn’t yours?  Nacho cheese!
  •  Have you heard the tortilla joke?  It was corny.


Shopping List



10 ears of corn


1½ lbs. ground beef (or ground turkey)


1 cup sour cream

8-12 oz. Colby Jack cheese, shredded

Canned Goods:

Chicken broth

Tomato sauce

14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes with chilies


Pasta & Grains:

White rice, instant


1 Lime


Baking & Spices:

Chili powder

Corn tortilla chips