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Simple Slow-Cooker Beef Tacos Recipe

This simple slow-cooker beef tacos recipe makes a cleaner taco that's higher in fiber than the traditional fare.
By Jonny Bowden and Jeannette Bessinger
November/December 2013
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These simple tacos are higher in fiber than the standard fare, and a whole lot cleaner to eat.
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This taco is higher in fiber than the standard fare, largely from the refried beans, and it’s also a whole lot cleaner. This is how real, healthy Mexican food was meant to taste. For more recipes for your slow-cooker, read the original article, 5 Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes.

Simple Slow-Cooker Beef Tacos Recipe

• 1 pound lean ground beef
• 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 serrano chilies, seeded and finely chopped
• 1 can (16 ounces) vegetarian refried beans
• 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
• 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
• 12 small sprouted corn tortillas
• 2 tomatoes, chopped
• 2 cups shredded lettuce
• 1/3 cup sour cream (or use plain Greek yogurt with a squirt of lime juice for fewer calories)
• 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine beef and onion, and cook until no pink remains, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Drain any excess oils and transfer contents to a slow cooker.

2. Stir in chilies, refried beans, cheese and salsa. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, or on low for 5 to 6 hours, until mixture is cooked through and bubbling.

3. Stir and serve over warmed tortillas with tomato, lettuce and a dollop of sour cream. Garnish generously with cilantro. Serves 6.

Excerpted from The 150 Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes on Earth by Jonny Bowden and Jeannette Bessinger. 

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