Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Each person gets three filling tacos for a satisfying meal full of fresh veggie crunch. Garlic, paprika, cumin, and vinegar turn ground beef into near-instant Mexican-style chorizo, much leaner than the traditional pork version. Cost for 4: $8.37
Serves 4 (serving size: 3 tacos)
1. Combine cabbage and cilantro in a medium bowl.
2. Combine 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl, stirring with a fork or whisk.
3. Drizzle vinegar mixture over cabbage mixture; toss well to combine. Set aside.
4. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, paprika, cumin, pepper, and garlic, stirring well with a fork or whisk.
5. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 5 minutes or until browned and done, stirring to crumble.
6. Stir in vinegar-spice mixture; cook 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates.
7. Heat tortillas over medium-high heat directly on the eye of a gas or electric burner or in a skillet for about 10 seconds on each side or until lightly charred.
8. Spoon about 1/4 cup beef mixture and 1/4 cup slaw into each tortilla.
Riff: Swap in ground turkey or ground chicken for ground beef.
Riff: Try this as a modern take on taco salad: Chop cabbage, and use the slaw as a salad base; top with chorizo, and serve with tortilla chips.
Riff: For crunchy tostadas, crisp the tortillas in a 400° oven, and assemble chorizo and slaw on top.