When I was a child, my Dad was responsible for dinner every Tuesday and pretty much every Friday and Saturday too. These dinners were very memorable, since my Dad only made a handful of things and they were completely different than the handful of things my Mom made… making for a nice little variety to our weekly dinner routine. LOL!
Most of the meals that my Dad made were simple, quick and easy; which meant all four of us kids would eat them without complaint! Now as an adult, as I think back and remember those carefree days of my youth, some of those meals are still a favorite, while others I can’t help and chuckle about (you know the canned ham and potato dinners).
Some of our favorites included homemade pizza (and a movie!) every Friday night, meat pies and tacos every Tuesday. Yup, I like to say we were having #TacoTuesday way before hash tags (or even the internet, for that matter!) were ever invented! 🙂
To this day my entire family (Mom, Dad and siblings) STILL love tacos! I have been to all of their houses for dinners numerous times and tacos, in some form or fashion, have been what’s for dinner. I love this!
Recently, when I quickly ran into Randall’s to grab something easy for dinner after a long day, I spotted a sale on Pace Salsa. Not only did that answer the question as to what was for dinner that night, tacos!!!, but I grabbed a few extra jars to stock up on. Since in addition to using salsa for our usual taco night, I love using it for other quick dinners like Santa Fe Crock-Pot Chicken, Southwestern Sloppy Joes and of course chips and salsa is my go to snack and quick appetizer when we have dinner guests or friends over for game night.
Since we have tacos for dinner on a weekly bases, I am always looking for new taco ideas and twists. This version is my take on traditional Terrific Tacos and is inspired by the flavors of fall and the new Pace Restaurant Style Bourbon and Apple Salsa that I got as part of my salsa stock up! Packed with hearty fall flavors, like apple, pumpkin and sweet potato, these tacos are completely satisfying and the perfect way to enjoy #TacoTuesday, every night of the week!
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 small yellow onion, diced
1.25 pounds ground turkey or chicken
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup pure pumpkin puree
½ cup Pace Restaurant Style Bourbon and Apple Salsa
1 (15-ounce) can low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
½ cup low sodium chicken broth or water
½ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon each kosher salt and black pepper
Pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
Pace Restaurant Style Bourbon and Apple Salsa
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, toss together diced sweet potatoes with 2 teaspoons oil, ½ teaspoon chili powder and ¼ teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Spread seasoned potatoes onto prepared baking sheet and roast in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until tender.
Meanwhile, heat 1-2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute for 4-5 minutes or until onions become translucent. Add ground turkey and cook, breaking the meat up with a spatula, until cooked through and no longer pink, about 5-6 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
Stir the pumpkin puree, salsa and ½ teaspoon each salt and black pepper into the cooked ground turkey in the skillet. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
To prepared black beans, heat a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add black beans, chicken broth, ½ teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon ground cumin, and ¼ teaspoon salt and black pepper. Stir to combine. Simmer beans for 5-8 minutes or until heated through.
To serve, warm tortillas and top with ground turkey mixture, roasted sweet potatoes, seasoned black beans, cotija cheese, pepitas and additional salsa.
Looking to change up your taco night? Pace Picante sauce and salsas are a flavorful ingredient to add a pop of flavor to your favorite meals, including breakfast, lunch and dinner! Stock up on Pace sauces and salsas (in a variety or flavors in the 16-ounce size jars), to add to your favorite recipes or to keep on hand for quick snacks for unexpected guests.