Crowd Pleasing Taco Triangles
Recipe: Taco Triangles
Time Required: About an hour from start to finish
Source of Recipe: Raddish Kids
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Kid Approval: LOVED IT!
Let's be honest, the Rosette Home is not really known for its homecooked meals. I'm not proud of it. It's just the truth...but that may be about to change! A family friend started posting these sweet Facebook posts of our godson making really fantastic dishes for his family. Turns out, his culinary masterpieces were created with the guidance of Raddish Kids recipe kits.
I decided that our family needed to try the Raddish Kids Club. I thought that would be a great activity for us all to enjoy as a family and one that would result in yummy food. My two boys (11 and 15 years old) love to eat just about EVERYTHING. So, this seemed like the perfect activity for them. Okay, here's another truth bomb: I received six Raddish Kids kits in the mail before we ever made our first dish. No judgement, please. I kept thinking, "Oh no...I've paid all this money for these kits and we may never get around to using them." Well, last week, that all changed! We made the most scrumptious dish that we are sure to make again in the near future. It was THAT good!
Before we get into the details about how to makes these tasty taco triangles, let's step back and talk a bit about Raddish Kids. Raddish Kids is a subscription based "cooking club for kids and families." It's a great "doorstep" service. You create an online account, select your kids' age and cooking level and choose subscription term or time length. Super simple! Then, you'll start receiving the kits in the mail.
1. Three recipe guides that are well illustrated, easy to understand and read
2. Collectible cooking tools applicable for the recipe included in that kit (i.e. tongs, or lattice dough cutter, etc)
3. Culinary Skill Tips and How-to's
4. A culinary patch to celebrate the completion of the recipes
5. A set of Table Talk conversation starter questions (I love this! Very thoughtful.)
Note: The kits do not include the actual ingredients. You have to purchase the food on your own.
So, our first recipe that we attempted was a complete success! We made a fun twist on Tacos -- Taco Triangles, which are simply ground turkey stuffed into fillo dough and then formed into triangle pockets.
Tobias (11 years old) was the main chef on this recipe with me as his sous chef.
Initially, Tobias wasn't thrilled that I was pulling him away from his XBox, but surprisingly, he got into it really quick, especially when we started to talk ingredients -- ground meat, cheese and dough. He was all in after that. Tobias was able to handle all the steps on his own. I helped by guiding him, interpreting/explaining recipe instructions, and assisting with food prep. He browned the meat, prepped/cut the phyllo dough, stuffed the dough, and created all the triangles. What's great is that he really had to flex some math muscles in the making of these Taco Triangles to adjust the ingredients to make more triangles than the recipe was designed to make. He didn't seem to mind at all...he seemed to embrace the mental challenge. Click here to watch his video giving an overview of this recipe.
If you're interested in learning more about Raddish Kids Cooking Club, click here. If you're interested in joining the club, here's a referral code: qgk9rk
Here's the full recipe and ingredients as provided by Raddish Kids:
- ½ lb ground beef
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 ½ tsp chili powder
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp dried oregano
- 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
- 1/3 cup + 8 tsp shredded Mexican blend cheese
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 12 sheets fillo dough*
- salsa, for serving
- sour cream, for serving
Steps for making Tasty Taco Triangles per Raddish Kids Kit:
1. Thaw fillo dough according to package directions. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high. Add beef, salt, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and oregano.
3. Break beef into small pieces with spoon. Cook until browned, 4-6 minutes.
4. Add beef to a medium bowl. Stir in tomatoes and 1/3 cup of cheese.
5. Heat butter in microwave-safe bowl until melted, 30-60 seconds.
6. Prepare fillo dough. Pick up three sheets of fillo together. Set on cutting board.
7. Use a pastry brush to lightly coat the top with melted butter.
8. Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut fillo into 2 long rectangles.
9. Add 1/4 cup taco filling to the end of each piece. Gently fold up the corer of each strip to make a triangle.
10. Loosely fold each triangle to make another. Continue folding to wrap up all the dough.
11. Set on baking sheet. Repeat steps 6-10 three times. Brush tops with remaining butter and sprinkle each with 1 tsp of cheese.
12. Bake until crsip and lightly browned, 16-18 minutes. Serve with salsa and sour cream. Taste and share.
Y'all, this may sound like a labor intensive recipe, but truthfully it's pretty easy. This was our first time working with fillo dough. It's a little tricky in that the fillo dough can start to stick together. Try to work quickly and keep the fillo dough covered when you're not using it. The fillo dough is what makes this recipe so fabulous. It baked to perfection and had such a nice crispiness.
Also, I constantly reminded Tobias throughout the process, that the triangles didn't have to be perfect. In fact, I let him stuff the dough and create the triangles without too much supervision, and they turned out great!! He was quite pleased with the finished triangles. He was so excited to try them. In fact, the ground turkey mixture with the cheese was so delicious alone, he wanted to just eat a bowl of it.
That's it! I'd love to hear if you make this recipe and how you and your kiddos like it. Leave your thoughts in the comments below! Happy cooking to everyone!