Devin Alexander’s Tiny Tacos

September 20, 2011

From The Most Decadent Diet Ever! Devin’s taco recipe is great for entertaining or as fun snack for you - and kids love it too

Devin’s tips: these miniaturized versions of tacos are one of my all-time favorite, kid-friendly snacks. When Frito-Lay introduced Baked! Scoops, I was so excited that I instantly went to work on creating dishes to ?ll these little morsels; I just ?nd them so festive. When I conjured these tacos, I couldn’t wait to show them to friends and clients. They’re so much fun. Not only can you eat ten of them (how often do you get to eat ten whole anything—outside this book, anyway— when you’re eating healthy?) for only 200 calories. Plus the whole family will be excited to dig into your “diet food”. And kids will be more than willing to help prepare them.

This recipe makes 10 Tiny Tacos: 2 portions or 1 serving and can be made in 30 minutes or less - no more than 20 minutes hands-on prep time.

10 Tostitos Baked! Scoops 
1/4 cup ?nely shredded romaine lettuce 
2 tablespoons ?nely chopped tomatoes 
1/2 ounce (about 21/2 tablespoons) ?nely shredded Cabot’s 75% Light Cheddar cheese, or your favorite low-fat Cheddar 
1 teaspoon lower-sodium taco seasoning 
2 ounces 96% lean ground beef 
1 tablespoon mild or hot red taco sauce

Fast / Quick Prep Directions:
Arrange the Scoops side by side on a plate. 
Mix the lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese in a medium bowl until well combined. 
Divide evenly among the Scoops (about 11/2 teaspoons per Scoop). 
Stir 2 teaspoons water into the taco seasoning in a small bowl until it has no lumps. Set aside. 
Preheat a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Put in the beef. 
Use a wooden spoon to coarsely crumble the meat as it cooks. 
When the beef is no longer pink, after 1 to 2 minutes, stir in the seasoning mixture. 
When no liquid remains, after about 1 minute, remove from the heat. 
Divide the meat evenly among the Scoops, atop the lettuce mixture (about 1 teaspoon in each). 
Dollop the top of each with taco sauce. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Info: each 1-Decadent-Disk portion (5 tacos) has: 
101 calories, 9 g protein, 9 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat, <1 g saturated fat, 18 mg cholesterol, <1 g ?ber, 223 mg sodium

Each 2-Decadent-Disk serving (10 tacos) has: 
202 calories, 17 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates, 6 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 35 mg cholesterol, 2 g ?ber, 446 mg sodium

Devin travels the country lecturing and consulting for major U.S. food and cookware companies. She’s on the Advisory Board of the American Culinary Federation’s Chef Child Foundation, Larry King Foundation’s Go-To-Chef to speak on “Obesity in America”, she recently returned from the White House as part of Michelle Obama’s, Chefs Move To Schools Program; and we are proud to have her as a contributor to - you can find her recipes and tips every Tuesday and visit her

Recipe taken from Devin Alexander's THE MOST DECADENT DIET EVER! Copyright © 2008 by Devin Alexander published by Broadway Books, a division of Random House Inc.