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Taco Monster Mouths

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2 plum (Roma) tomatoes, cut length-wise into 3 pieces
12 large pimiento-stuffed green olives
3 slices (⁄₂ oz each) American cheese
6 taco shells that stand on their own (from 4.7 oz box)
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
2 tablespoons 40% less sodium taco seasoning mix
⅓ cup water
Shredded lettuce, if desired


Makes: 6


1. Cut each tomato lengthwise into 3 pieces. Remaining inside of tomato may be chopped for additional taco filling, if desired.

2. Cut slit into 1 side of each olive to make a flat side. Cut each of the slices of cheese in half vertically in a zigzag line to look like teeth.

3. Heat oven to 350°F. Arrange taco shells on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until hot. Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook ground beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in taco seasoning mix and water. Reduce heat to medium; cook about 5 minutes, stirring frequently until water has evaporated.

4. To assemble, fill tacos with desired fillings so that beef is on the top. Placing each taco on its side on serving plate, insert 1 tomato slice into meat filling to look like tongue. Place 1 cheese slice with zigzag edge toward meat along top side of taco between the shell and the filling. Place 2 olives, flat sides down, to look like eyes on top of shell.

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