Beef and Mushroom Taquitos with Green Chili Avocado Crema

Recipe and photo by Heather of The Tasty Gardener.

Prep Time: 20 mins. | Cook Time: 20 mins. | Makes: 18-24 taquitos


For the Taquitos:
1/2 lb extra lean ground beef
1/2 lb crimini mushrooms
1 red pepper, seeds and stem removed
1 jalapeno pepper. seeds removed
1 medium onion, peeled
1 large tomato
5 cloves garlic, peeled
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cup cojito cheese (or monterey jack), grated
24 corn tortillas
oil or chicken broth
For the Avocado Crema:
3 avocados, skin and pit removed
1 cup sour cream
2 (2oz) jars of chopped green chilis
2 tbsp lime juice
salt and pepper to taste


To Prepare the Taquito Filling:
1. In a food processor chop the mushroom until fine.
2. In a large skillet over medium high heat brown the ground beef and chopped onion together until beef is cooked through and liquid is almost gone from the mushrooms. Make sure to break up the beef into small pieces while cooking.
3. In the same food processor pulse together the red pepper, onion, jalapeno, garlic and tomatoes.
4. Stir the vegetable puree into the beef and mushroom mixture and cook until all liquid is evaporated and vegetable are heated through. Season by taste with salt and pepper.
5. Remove filling from the pan and into a large bowl. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Once cool stir in the cheese.
6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
7. In a small skillet over medium heat add about 1/2 inch of either chicken stock or oil.
8. Working one taquito at a time place a tortilla into the hot liquid for no more than a couple seconds. This is to make them pliable for rolling.
9. Remove tortilla from liquid, place on work surface and add approximately 2 tbsp’s of filling along the length of the tortilla. Tightly roll up into the shape of a cigar and place seam side down on your cookie sheet. (I like to cover the taquitos with a wet cloth on the cookie sheet while I’m working to keep them from drying out.)
10. Repeat one tortilla at a time until all the filling has been used. Based on how full you fill them you will end up with anywhere from 18-24 taquitos.
11. Place in preheated oven and bake for 15-20 or until browned.
To Make the Crema:
1. In your food processor blend together the avocado, sour cream, lime juice and green chilis. Season by taste with salt and pepper.
Serve with baked taquitos.

Beef and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers

I would never have thought to blend beef and mushrooms together, but it’s completely genius. I mean you can’t go wrong by lightening up meals, adding more vitamins to your diet and saving money all at the same time, can you?

Recipe and photo by Living Lou.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 45 mins.


4 bell peppers, tops and membrane and seeds removed
1/2 lb lean ground beef
4 oz white button mushrooms
1/2 white onion
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
2 cloves garlic
½ tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup long grain rice
1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp hot sauce


1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. In a food processor, process mushrooms, onion, parsley, garlic, basil and salt.
3. Mix mushroom mixture with ground beef, rice, crushed tomatoes and hot sauce.
4. Stuff peppers with the beef and mushroom mixture. Cover peppers with the tops.
5. Cook for 35-45 minutes or until beef and rice is fully cooked.

Beef and Mushroom Kofta

Easy beef koftas made with mushrooms to help “extend” the mixture a little further and add an extra serve of veggies! Served with minted yoghurt and a beet “slaw”.

Recipe and photo by eat. live. travel. write.

Prep Time: 25 mins. | Cook Time: 20 mins. | Serves: 4


400g lean ground beef
200g mixed mushrooms
½ cup fresh cilantro
3 green onions
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground mild paprika
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 egg
½ cup panko breadcrumbs
For the yoghurt:
1 cup plain Greek yoghurt
1 tablespoon fresh mint
For the “slaw”:
1 small carrot
1 small beet
½ cup grated cabbage
½ red onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
zest and juice of 1 lemon (you might not need all the juice)
8 pita bread pockets



Make the kofta:
1. Soak 8 bamboo skewers in water (completely immersed).
2. Place the mushrooms in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade.
3. Pulse until the mushrooms are finely chopped.
4. Remove mushrooms from food processor and place in a large bowl.
5. Place cilantro and green onions in the bowl of the food processor (no need to rinse it out).
6. Process until finely chopped.
7. Add the cilantro and green onion mixture to the mushrooms.
8. Add the beef, ground coriander, cumin, paprika to the mushroom mixture.
9. Now add the egg and breadcrumbs.
10. Mix with your hands until all ingredients are combined.
11. Using your hands, take approximately 2 heaping tablespoons of the mixture and form a sausage-shape around a wooden skewer. Now place a second sausage-shape of the meat on the same skewer. The mixture will be a little softer to handle than straight ground beef but do your best!
12. Repeat with remaining beef/ mushroom mixture until you have 8 skewers each with 2 sausage-shapes.
13. Place on a platter, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Make the yoghurt:
1. Finely chop the fresh mint and stir into the yoghurt.
2. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
3. Make the “slaw”:
4. Grate the carrot, beet, cabbage and red onion using a box grater.
5. Combine with the lemon zest, olive oil and about ½ of the lemon juice.
6. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate
To cook:
1. Pre-heat the BBQ to medium-high heat.
2. Grill the kofta skewers, turning occasionally, until cooked through (do not rely on touch for these – the mushrooms make them much softer than regular burger patties or similar – you will have to cut them open to see if they are done).
3. Remove from the grill and let them rest as you organize all the other ingredients.
To assemble:
1. Split a pita pocket and place a spoon of the yoghurt in the bottom, then add 2 of the kofta, topped with some of the “slaw” and a dollop more yoghurt.
2. Enjoy!

Bacon Double Cheeseburger Tart

The Blend and Extend method blends finely chopped mushrooms with ground beef to extend portions and add another serving of vegetables to dinner.

Recipe by Angie of Friday Is Cake Night.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 45 mins.


2 squares puffed pastry thawed
1 medium onion
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
4 thick slices of bacon
8-10 mushrooms
1 lb lean ground beef
Pizza sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella and cheddar blend cheese
Arugula to garnish



1. Peel and slice the onion
2. In a large pan heat the olive oil over medium heat.
3. Add the onions to the oil, season with salt and pepper and cook until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Set the onions aside in a bowl.
4. Cook the bacon and dice into small pieces. Set aside
5. Clean the mushrooms and pulse in a food processor until finely chopped.
6. Add the mushrooms to the frying pan along with the ground beef. Cook until no longer pink.
7. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
8. Roll both squares of the puffed pastry into roughly 9×13 sizes
9. Top with pizza sauce, beef mixture, bacon and onions. Finish with the grated cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes.
10. Cool 5 minutes before slicing.
11. Garnish with Arugula.