I have a secret…About once a month, usually on a Sunday night, I get a craving for Taco Bell. Yes, I know that stuff is just terrible for you but why does terrible taste so darn good?!! And why is terrible so cheap??!
I always order the same items. One of those items being a Meximelt. It has ground beef, pico de gallo and cheese all wrapped up in a warm flour tortilla. The cheese is melted and the pico de gallo has a lot of cilantro. There really isn’t much to it… which got me to thinking, “Why can’t I make meximelts at home?”
You totally can. I made a few changes to make my at home Meximelt a healthy option. It was just as delicious! I’m not going to say I’ll never order a Meximelt again from Taco Bell, but knowing I can get my fix at home is pretty satisfying.
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Taco Bell Inspired Meximelt
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 taco seasoning packet
- 4 plum tomatoes, diced (no seeds)
- 1 jalepeno, diced (remove white ribs and seeds)
- 1/2 white onion, diced
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- Juice from 1 lime
- Salt & pepper
- 8 flour tortillas, taco size
- Reduced Fat Mexican Cheese Blend, shredded
- Hot sauce, optional
- In a warm skillet, add oil and ground turkey. Cook until browned, 8-10 minutes. Drain excess liquid. Add taco seasoning to the meat mixture. (I followed the directions on the packet by adding 2/3 cup of water along with the taco seasoning.) Cook with meat for 5 minutes.
- Make pico de gallo – combine tomatoes, jalepeno, onion, cilantro and lime juice. Season with salt & pepper.
- When the taco meat is cooked, take 1/4 cup of meat and add it to the middle of a flour tortilla. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Cook in the microwave for 30 seconds, or until the cheese has melted. Top with pico de gallo. Add hot sauce, if needed.