Hearty Pita Tacos Recipe
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Hearty Pita Tacos Recipe

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“You don't need to skimp on flavor when trying to eat healthy. Our 9-year-old daughter enjoys helping us make these tasty tacos and enjoys eating them even more.” Jamie Valocchi — Mesa, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn
  • 2/3 cup taco sauce
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 whole wheat pita pocket halves
  • 6 tablespoons shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • Sliced avocado and additional taco sauce, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 339 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 787mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 8g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch.


  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, red pepper and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the beans, corn, taco sauce, olives and seasonings; heat through.
  2. Spoon 3/4 cup beef mixture into each pita half. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve with avocado and additional taco sauce if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Pita Tacos in Healthy Cooking April/May 2010, p45

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1ragmop User ID: 254432 118482
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011

"How in the world do you get the filing in the Pita bread like that. I'm lucky if I can get half that much in before they split. Usually have filling falling all over the plate and all over me when I try to eat them. Shirley"

avalonblythe User ID: 1197725 191172
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2010

"It was ok... like the packaged taco mix better."

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