Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Prep Time
15 Mins
Cook Time
11 Mins
Makes 8 appetizer servings

Queso fresco is Spanish for "fresh cheese." It has a soft and crumbly texture (similar to feta) with mild flavor. You can find it in the dairy section of larger supermarkets.

How to Make It

Step 1

Sauté first 3 ingredients in hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 5 to 6 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Stir in seasoning until blended; cook 1 minute.

Step 2

Reduce heat to low; stir in tomato sauce, and cook, stirring often, 3 to 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat, and stir in cilantro and lime juice.

Step 3

Serve meat mixture in romaine lettuce leaves with desired toppings.

Step 4

*2% reduced-fat shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese may be substituted.

Step 5

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Nueva Cocina Taco Fresco Ground Beef Seasoning.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

JillHP's Review

August 08, 2010
I love the twist of adding veggies to traditional taco mix. They added great texture! I was going to serve these with a side of brown rice, but I ended up throwing in the cooked rice right in with the taco mixture and serving it all together. Delish!

tutorsmith's Review

August 14, 2013

trying2green's Review

May 09, 2011