Asian Inspired Taco Night

Nick requests that we eat tacos at least once a week. I usually make them closer to every two or three weeks. Don’t get me wrong, I love tacos as much as the next girl, but they can get a little boring. To mix things up, I ditched the taco kit and picked up some tortillas and decided to make my own seasoning. And since you can’t turn on the news without hearing about “pink slime,” I figured that turkey tacos would be a better option.

For sides, I made black beans with some diced sautéed onions, garlic, and red pepper. Like everyone else on Pinterest I decided to try out some avocado fries with a ginger soy dipping sauce.

Asian Tacos with Avocado Fries

For the Tacos:

  • 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • Asian taco seasoning
    • 2 tbsp chili powder
    • 3 tsp cumin
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp cayenne
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 bunch scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 package tortillas, warmed in oven
In a large skillet, saute the onion until it starts to brown. I actually used the whole onion and then transferred roughly half to the black beans. When the onion begins to brown, add in the ground turkey and cook until it is browned and starts to get crumbly.
Combine the ingredients for your taco seasoning well. Pour the mix evenly over the meat and then add the soy sauce. Stir everything together, making sure to evenly and thoroughly cover all of the meat and onion and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
Mix in the ginger and scallions and stir them in, then serve with hot tortillas.

For the Avocado Fries:

  • 2 avocados, pitted and skinned
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Set up a standard breading station – flour, egg, and Panko. Mix the garlic powder into the Panko. Cut each avocado in half and then cut each half into 4 pieces (total of 16 pieces). Coat each piece in the flour, then egg, then Panko. Set on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Flip them over and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Mix the fresh ginger and garlic into the soy sauce and serve over the fries.

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