Today I’m going to introduce you to the lazy Mexican cook’s ultimate secret. It’s versatile, it’s convenient, it’s in a can with a cute duck… It’s El Pato Hot Spicy Tomato Sauce!
With a few cans of this stuff in your pantry, you can create hundreds of Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes. It’s a simple tomato sauce. The ingredients list tomatoes, chiles, garlic and onion. It’s a bit on the spicy side if you’re not accustomed to Mexican dishes. I’m thinking it’s about as spicy as the medium sauce you get at Taco Bell. Speaking of Taco Bell, if you like that stuff you won’t after you try this.
If you are in the great Southwest, you can find it in normal grocery stores in the Hispanic aisle. If you’re in bland belt (aka everywhere else) you may have to keep your eyes peeled to find it. I pack this stuff into my suitcases. Did you hear that, Walker Foods Inc.? The rest of country deserves these magical little cans too!
I have about 6 or 7 recipes to share that feature El Pato. Today I’m starting off with a recipe for spicy and saucy ground beef. With this as a base, you can conquer tacos, soups, chiles rellenos, burritos, nachos, enchiladas… the list goes on. The best part is that it requires two ingredients and two directions. If you can turn on the stove, you can create something that will blow Taco Bell out of the water.
Go-to, Throw into anything… Spicy Ground Beef/Turkey
- 1 lb 95% lean ground beef or 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
- 1 can El Pato tomato sauce, 7 ¾ ounces
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Brown the meat in a skillet until most of the pink is gone.
2. Stir in the can of El Pato tomato sauce. Add the oregano and salt. Simmer over low heat until the sauce has been reduced by half.
Stay tuned for upcoming recipes featuring this ground beef. Can’t wait? Serve this with some hot tortillas and warm refried beans. Or sprinkle on some shredded cheese and scoop it up with some tortilla chips.
Serving Size: 3 ounces
WW Points+: 3
Calories 161, Carbs 2, Fat 6g, Protein 22g
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