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El Pato Tacos

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Mmm mmm who doesn’t love a delicious mouth watering taco?  Well from growing up in a small town full of amazing Mexican food, I have become quite picky when it comes to my tacos.  These El Pato Tacos are different than the regular ground beef tacos that your mom might have made you every Tuesday night growing up.

This Wednesday I decided to mix it up and make tacos with beef round tip strips, homemade pinto beans, salsa, avocado, sour cream, cheese, and fajita style tortillas.  It all came together to make a fresh healthy taco bursting with authentic flavors.

El Pato Tacos

Serves 2-4


  • 1 pound of beef round tip strips
  • 1  7 3/4 oz. can of El Pato Tomato Sauce (Mexican hot style)
  • 1 avocado
  • sour cream (use nonfat plain greek yogurt for healthier tacos)
  • 1 jar of your favorite chunky salsa
  • 1/2 cup of lite mexican blend cheese (plus more for taco toppings)
  • 1 15 oz of Pinto beans
  • small flour tortillas (use wheat tortillas for healthier tacos)


Take the pound of beef strips and put them into a bowl.  Pour the can of el pato onto the meat and cover.  Let it marinate for at least one hour in the fridge.  The longer you marinate the meat in the sauce the better it will be!!

Before you are about to cook the meat, drain the can of pinto beans and pour them into a bowl.  Use a fork and mash the beans.  My Grandma always made her beans a little “hunky” aka leave she left a little bit of whole means in the mix so that’s what I tend to do too.  When the beans are mashed into the consistency of your liking, put a half cup of cheese into the bowl.  Pop that bowl into the microwave and heat for 30 seconds to a minute until the cheese is melted.  Take that bad boy out of the microwave and stir.  Presto…cheesy beans!

Take the marinated meat out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature while you heat up a medium sized nonstick skillet on medium high heat.  Put half of the meat into the heated pan.  Let the meat cook on one side for 1-2 minutes then flip the meat over and cook for another 1-2 minutes. DO NOT over cook the meat…it gets chewy like beef jerky and nobody wants that in their taco. 

Transfer the cooked meat onto a clean plate.  Take a tortilla and spread on some cheesy been mix, delicious el pato meat, a sprinkle of cheese, a dollop of sour cream, avocado, and a splash of salsa.  Enjoy! I bet you can’t just have one.

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