Weeknight Taco Stuffed Avocados.
These taco stuffed avocados are super delicious! Halved avocados filled with seasoned ground beef, chopped tomatoes, cheese, lettuce and crushed tortilla chips for the ultimate weeknight meal.
We’re making cute little taco avocados today!!
These taco avocados are filled with seasoned ground beef, cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, tomatoes and crunchy crushed tortilla chips for that classic taco flavor. They are irresistible!
I love these avocados because you can make them for one, or for a family. You can make them with leftover taco ingredients from taco night and you can add whatever toppings you love. There is no wrong way to make them. You just have to find a nice ripe avocado and you’re set.
In fact, I wanted to call these “walking taco avocados” but I realize that completely defeats the purpose of the walking taco in a bag of chips. My thinking was that all the toppings are actually ON the avocado. So yeah, the name is cute but it’s a no go because none of us are literally walking around with a stuffed avocado in our hands. Whomp whomp.
Anyway, let’s talk filling!
I use my seasoned ground beef from my weeknight ground beef tacos. I keep the beef mixture on the drier side (but not in a bad way!) for the avocados so they aren’t as messy. My mom always made a saucier ground beef mixture for tacos and I often do too, but the drier version works so well here. I do include the saucier version below as well, so you can choose whichever you like.
Below, you will also find the homemade seasoning mixture for the tacos. I love it because it doesn’t taste like straight 100% cumin and salt. There’s a bit more smoky flavor. Now if you have a taco seasoning packet you adore – use that! Keep it simple.
For the rest of the toppings, I like to do a really classic taco.
Think like a ground beef taco from the 90s.
Maybe even some taco sauce if you have it. (I do have it: an excellent recipe for it is in Everyday Dinners!).
Crushed tortilla chips of course!
We all love these, aside from Eddie who isn’t the biggest avocado fan. The kids though? Totally sold on them.
They are easy, great for leftovers and can come together fast. I like to serve them with the beef warm (so the cheese melts slightly too!), but you can also serve them completely cold. They are super flavorful and very satisfying thanks to the avocado. A must make!
Taco Stuffed Avocados
Taco Stuffed Avocados
- 1 pound 85% to 93% lean ground beef
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
- 4 avocados
- 1 lime
- shredded lettuce, for topping
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes
- fresh cilantro, for topping
- lime wedges, for serving
- tortilla chips, for topping
- Heat a skillet over medium heat. With ground beef, I rarely add any oil to the skillet because it tends to be fattier. If needed, you can add 1 teaspoon of olive oil (of your oil of preference). Once the skillet it hot, add the ground beef and break it apart with a wooden spoon.
- Cook, stirring and breaking apart the beef often, until it begins to brown. Add in the cumin, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir well to disperse all the seasonings. Cook until the beef is just browned.
- I love the seasoned beef like this – it is not very saucy. For a saucy beef, I use a slurry to make my homemade ground beef saucy. Fill a shaker cup with ½ cup cold water or beef/vegetable stock. Add 1 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour, masa or whole wheat flour to the liquid and cover it. Shake for at least 30 seconds. With the skillet on low heat, slowly stream in the slurry while stirring with a wooden spoon. Stir often and cook over low for about 10 minutes.
- Right before serving, slice the avocados open. I like to use the lime and spritz them all over with fresh lime juice to help slow the browning process. Sprinkle all over with salt and pepper.
- Place the avocados and fill them with the ground beef mixture. Top with shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro and another spritz of lime. Top with crushed tortilla chips. Serve immediately!
- Note: you can prep the beef and even chop the lettuce and tomatoes ahead of time to serve this. Just wait until right before serving to slice the avocado!
Just how I like my avocado, with a little bit taco.