I get tired of Taco Tuesday, but variation comes with a challenge.  Taco Tuesday is looked forward to by the little monsters and produces joyful cheering by all.  I know if I switch things up, it better be good!  I’m betting that taco pastries will not disappoint!  

Prep

Preheat oven to 350º. Thinly slice 1/2 onion.  Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet.  Add onion to skillet and sauté, stirring frequently until onion becomes translucent.  Add 1/2 lb lean ground beef (preferably organic).  Break up and brown until no pink remains.  Add 1 package of reduced-sodium taco seasoning and 1/2 cup canned tomatoes with sauce (no added sugar).  Break up any large pieces of tomatoes with spatula and combine well. Try these easy and savory tarts for Taco Tuesday or any day of the week! Try these easy and savory tarts for Taco Tuesday or any day of the week! Add 1 can rinsed and drained black beans and 1 can rinsed and drained corn to skillet.  Mix well.  Cook at medium-low temperature, stirring occasionally while preparing pastry. Pre-made pastry dough makes these Taco Tuesday tarts super easy Roll out slightly thawed pie crusts onto a cutting board and slice into squares.  I used 3 boxes of pre-made pastry, each contained 2 crusts.  These freeze very well, perfect reheated for lunch, after school snacks or a last minute dinner option.

Assemble

Place one layer squares onto parchment or silicone lined baking sheet. Try these easy and savory tarts for Taco Tuesday or any day of the week! Top with 2 heaping tbsp beef and veggie mixture.  Top with 1 tbsp shredded cheese.  I used Mexican blend but, any shredded cheese will do. Top each with another pastry square and seal by gently pressing edges with a fork. Whisk 1 egg and 1 tbsp water.  Baste tarts with egg wash for a brown and glossy finish.  Cut a cross shaped slit into center of tarts to vent.  Bake 20 minutes or until lightly browned on top.  Serve hot with freshly sliced avocado, cilantro and low-fat lime sour cream for dipping. A must try for a quick and delicious tart for Taco Tuesday A smaller version will make a coveted appetizer!  Try a variety of dipping sauces such as cilantro aioli or guacamole.  Make it vegetarian by leaving out the meat.  Click here for more vegetarian recipes!   *something you may not know: beans make a superior plant-based meat substitute as they are packed with protein, folate, fiber, iron, potassium, B vitamins and antioxidants!  Plus, they’re low in fat! Beans prevent heart disease, lower cholesterol, fight cancer, manage diabetes and can even help you lose weight! Click here for more bean benefits!   These were a hit with my kids! Time savers: Use dehydrated onion or onion powder as a substitute for fresh (use 1 tbsp dried, minced onion or 1/2 tbsp onion powder).  Stack pastry sheets to cut all at once using a pizza cutter.  Egg wash can be skipped and feel free to use a store bought guacamole.

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