I was researching the origins of the mealtime holiday known as “Taco Tuesday” and couldn’t come up with a definitive origin story, although a couple of restaurants have laid claim to the phrase, either in the late ‘70s or early ‘80s.
“The Lego Movie” seemed to bring the cry of “Taco Tuesday!” back into the lexicon and dinner plans of kids across America, and for that I say, like President Business says, “Who wants a taco?”
These picadillo tacos are super easy because everything gets stirred into the skillet so there’s no real assembly. You just stuff the taco shells and sprinkle on a little cheese. (Psst — you’re also sneaking kale into the tacos and no one will be the wiser.)
The twist on these tacos is the addition of olives and currants, which makes it similar to picadillo, a dish that can be found in many Latin American countries. You can substitute raisins for currants, and you can also use ground turkey. For ease of taco stuffing, I like using the “stand and stuff” tacos because they don’t fall over. You can also use the taco filling over cooked rice if you want to eat picadillo the traditional way.
- Not feeling beefy? Give ground turkey a try!
- If you don’t have kale, why not try another cruciferous veg, like shredded brussels sprouts or finely shredded cabbage?