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Healthy Weeknight Bison Tacos Stacey Mattinson

Healthy Weeknight Bison Tacos

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 26 mins
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 tacos
Calories 281 kcal


  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 1 lb ground bison (any lean ground meat, preferably ≥93% lean, can be used)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped spinach
  • 1 15-oz can pinto beans (no salt added), drained and rinsed (any beans can be used; optional homemade healthy refried beans (my favorite recipe by Ellie Krieger: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/refried-beans-recipe.)
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper (~1/2 bell pepper)
  • 3 diced mushrooms, large
  • 2 Tbsp shredded cheese
  • 2 tsp chopped cilantro


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Heat a non-stick pan to medium heat on stovetop. Add bison and spices. Stir occasionally, chopping with end of wooden spatula into bite-sized pieces.
  • While bison is cooking, warm the beans by placing on in a saucepan on the stovetop on medium heat or by heating in microwave.
  • When meat is close to being completed browned, add in diced mushrooms and chopped spinach. Mix well. Continue to stir occasionally.
  • When meat is completely browned and has reached internal temperature of 160°F, move meat and veggie mixture to a strainer to remove any excess drippings. (There will be very little removed as bison is very lean).
  • Place corn tortillas on a baking sheet (for easier clean-up, put a piece of foil down first!). Warm corn tortillas in oven for 2 minutes on each side, then remove from oven*. Keeping each tortilla flat, fill tortillas with beans (~2 Tbsp each) and bison mixture (~1/3 c each). Top with tomatoes, bell pepper, cilantro and cheese. Place back in the oven for an additional two minutes.
  • Remove from oven, roll up and enjoy! For best results, promptly remove tortillas from baking sheet to avoid the tortilla from overcooking and becoming difficult to bite into.


*Heating the tortillas in the oven prior to filling them will make them less likely to break once filled. If preferred, this step can be skipped.


Calories: 281kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 23gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 219mgPotassium: 478mgFiber: 6gSugar: 2g
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