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Ellie’s Cooking Show: Episode 5: Baked Taco Dinner

Baked Tacos by Play with Food

Ellie, Verity and Simone cooked the first few steps of this recipe live on Facebook in August 2016. This just proves that cooking with kids is never easy. However, you may like to watch it with your kids and see what they think about some of the words we use to describe the ingredients. Enjoy these baked tacos!

I love getting the girls in the kitchen as much as possible to increase their exposures to the foods.  This is in order to build familiarity.  I don’t expect them to make the connection of “I cooked this” and “So, I will eat this”.  However, it is a fact that the more exposures to food in a non-pressured environment that kids can get, the more likely they are to learn about them and eat them.  Some foods take lots of learning.  Others don’t take as many “learns”.  This depends on your child, their day and their experiences.

Baked Tacos by Play with Food

Ready for the kids to fill the tacos #embracemess

The idea and original recipe for this segment comes from the GoodFoodWeek blog, oven baked chicken tacos. We are changing it up to include pork and black beans. Baked tacos and many mexican meals are uber versatile for the family meal, allow you to embrace the Division of Responsibility principles and we are so excited to trial it in this show and for our dinner.  If you are after more assistance with getting your family meals to a happy place, I have a range of products that deep dive into specific strategies for your family.  If you not enjoying feeding a toddler that likes to jump up from the table, tantrums about food, refuses food before they even look at it or has suddenly gotten fussy – try watching this 1 hour video.  If you cringe at the thought of getting through to dinner time with “hangry” kids or wonder why they won’t eat a lovingly prepared dinner after being hungry immediately beforehand (seriously, right?!), try this easy to read eBook with recipes. If you want a more comprehensive 7 module course that takes about an hour per module over 2 weeks, try the Happy Mealtimes eCourse that covers you, your child, fussy eating, meal planning, navigating the supermarket, lunchbox packing and includes more recipes.

Baked Pork Taco Dinner
 
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Versatile mexican dishes are perfect for family meals. This one is simple enough to prepare with kids too. By baking in some of the filling helps keep it in place and gives kids an extra shot of confidence that may not ordinarily like getting messy or losing the filling from their taco.
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Serves: 10 tacos
Ingredients
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup pre-cooked black beans
  • 200g pork mince
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 10 taco shells
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium frying pan. Add onion, pork, ground coriander, garlic, cumin the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and fragrant.
  3. Add diced tomatoes and black beans. Stir to combine fully. Reduce to simmer and allow to cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  4. Place the taco shells in the baking dish, standing up. Top with the pork mixture, almost to the top of each shell. Sprinkle each shell generously with shredded cheese.
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and the edges of the shells are browned. Remove from the oven and top with your favourite items - like avocado, salad leaves, sour cream etc.

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Simone, Ellie and Verity

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