Stuffed avocados with juicy, spicy taco filling are quick, easy, healthy and packed with flavor!
This stuffed avocados post is a sponsored conversation by me in behalf of FRIDGEFRESH®. All opinions are my own.
These stuffed avocados can be on your table in 20 minutes! They are the perfect easy lunch or quick dinner for a busy weeknight meal or simply when you crave juicy, fiesta filling and creamy avocados! You can also prep the filling and toppings ahead of time for dinner that literally comes together in minutes! I’m also sharing my favorite way to prolong the life of fruits and vegetables with Fridge Fresh!
With the advent of summer, it’s time for super quick and easy meals that are fresh and nutritious but won’t leave you craving a hamburger afterwards – enter Taco Stuffed Avocados! This recipe is wonderful addition to your healthy lifestyle and will become a new family favorite!
Growing up I was spoiled with sprawling avocado trees shading our backyard. Avocados everywhere. Now, even without an avocado grove at my fingertips, I still can’t get enough of their creamy, luscious goodness: in guacamole, on burgers or sandwiches, in dressings, pasta sauce, and of course loaded on salad, soups, enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, burritos, and now they become the main attraction in this stuffed avocados recipe!
We all know stuffed avocados are a dreamy, creamy delight, but when you stuff them with equally delicious, flavor exploding turkey taco meat, you have deliciousness of epic proportions. This filling is so good, I was literally shoveling it into my mouth and had to exercise all of my self-control to leave some for the avocados! So, I guess we have two stars of this stuffed avocados recipe!
Now it’s time to pile on your favorite toppings and you have a flavor, texture packed quick, easy, creamy, healthy, deeply satisfying dinner!
Now, before we dive further into this Stuffed Avocado recipe, I want to get a little personal about why a healthy lifestyle and eating plenty of fresh produce is important to me – and HOW to make it easier and less expensive for everyone.
If you’ve read my “About Section” then you might be aware that I’ve had both a lung and kidney transplant. I was diagnosed with the genetic disease cystic fibrosis (CF) when I was a baby. CF is a genetic disease which mainly affects the lungs and digestive system. Individuals with CF produce extra thick, sticky mucus that blocks the airways, pancreas and other organs, causing lung tissue to become infected, and over time die so individuals with CF eventually suffocate to death.
As a young girl, I knew the life expectancy (at the time) for individuals with cystic fibrosis was in the early twenties. I was relatively healthy so I assumed I would live a little longer than average – so maybe into my late twenties, early thirties. I very matter of factly concluded that I would never get married and definitely would never have children. In the meantime, I spent hours a day trying to preserve healthy lungs through breathing treatments, chest physical therapy and dozens and dozens of pills.
My sophomore year of high school, the end stages of lung destruction brought on by cystic fibrosis put me in a downward spiral. At age 16, I was dying. I was on constant oxygen, constant IV antibiotics, throwing up constantly, no appetite, almost continual 102-104 fevers and so weak I’d have to brush my teeth in bed.
I was placed on the lung transplant list but time was my enemy. To make long story short (you can read more HERE and my love story HERE), two family friends, my heroes, stepped up and volunteered to each donate a lobe of their lungs to me. Everyone has five lobes that constitute your two lungs – three on the right side and 2 on the side of a heart. In a living lobar lung transplant, all 5 lobes are taken out of the patient and replaced with the bottom lobe from two donors.
I am breathing today, alive today, and forever grateful today because of these two courageous men. My family and I can never thank them enough for making my life possible!
How to Prolong your Produce
Now what does my story have to do with Stuffed Avocados? Well, it has everything to do with everything. Like everyone on this planet, there are so many elements of my life that are out of my control. In fact, just 17% of lung transplant recipients live over 10 years with their new lungs – I am almost to 20 years! I feel so blessed every single day to be alive and I try to safeguard this beautiful gift in every way I can.
One of the few things we can all control is what we put into our bodies. I try and eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables every single day. With just two of us in the house, however, it was common to discover half of my precious produce I purchased just earlier in the week had already gone bad. Who can relate?! It’s a sad day when you reach for fresh strawberries only to discover they’re moldy or fresh asparagus that’s already gone limp. Or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, we don’t purchase enough fruits and vegetables because we’re worried about them going bad before we get to them.
But what if you could prolong the life of your produce allowing you to eat healthier and safe time and money?! You can with Fridge Fresh!
What is Fridge Fresh?
The FRIDGEFRESH® unit is a patented device that sits inside your refrigerator and uses O3 (activated oxygen) to prolong the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. It prevents bacteria from developing in the produce which extends life of fruits and vegetables by up to 3 weeks! I am always skeptical of new devices but I was amazed at how long my produce kept once I started using Fridge Fresh!
Ripe avocados can last for about a month using Fridge Fresh which means you don’t have a small window to use your ripe avocados for to make Stuffed Avocados! Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries can last for up to two weeks when using Fridge Fresh. Apples, pears, oranges, lemons, limes last well over a month. I could go on and on but the point is you can be giddy about how long your produce will last with Fridge Fresh!
Just imagine all the time you save by not having to shop for fresh produce every week AND all the money you save by not having to throw out fruits and vegetables that have “gone bad” before you had a chance to consume them. Instead, you can purchase in bulk without worrying about your produce spoiling which means you save TIME and MONEY while eating healthier. In fact, you could save up to $2,300 in groceries per year by using Fridge Fresh!
Here are just a few benefits of using Fridge Fresh:
- Extends the life of your fruits and vegetables
- Reduces food waste
- Saves you money
- Saves time grocery shopping
- Non-toxic fridge freshener
- Removes odors from your refrigerator
- No maintenance. No filters
How does it work?
The FRIDGE FRESH® unit is a non-toxic device that works by pumping an extra molecule of oxygen into the refrigerator, called “activated oxygen.” This activated oxygen neutralizes and even kills mold, yeast, fungus and other microbes which prevents them from attacking your fruits and vegetables. It also neutralizes ethylene, which is the chemical that causes food to ripen and rot, so that your produce stays fresh 2-3 times longer than normal
What’s the catch? NONE!
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Ingredients and Substitutions for Stuffed Avocados
You can start enjoying the benefits of Fridge Fresh right away with this stuffed taco avocado recipe! Your onions, corn, garlic, lettuce and ripened avocados will all last 2-3 times as long with Fridge Fresh. You will need:
- Avocados. You will need four large Haas avocados, not the small/medium avocados.
- Turkey. You may also substitute with lean ground beef or chicken.
- Onion. You may substitute ¼ teaspoon onion powder.
- Garlic: Fresh garlic is fantastic but you can substitute with 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.
- Corn. You will need 1/2 cup sweet corn cut fresh from the cob. I highly prefer and recommend fresh corn but you may substitute canned or frozen corn.
- Tomatoes. You will need one Roma Tomato. You may also substitute with whatever tomatoes you have on hand.
- Black Beans. You may also substitute red kidney beans, pinto beans etc.
- Salsa. You can use my sensational Homemade Salsa or your favorite store bought salsa. Use mild salsa unless you like heat.
- Beef bouillon powder. You will need one teaspoon or one cube bullion. It adds a wonderfully beefy flavor to the turkey but is optional. If not using, then make sure to add additional salt to taste.
- Seasonings. We create homemade taco seasonings with chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, dried oregano and cayenne pepper. Only add cayenne pepper if you like a kick.
What Toppings for stuffed Avocados?
Half of the fun of stuffed avocados are the toppings! Pick your favs:
- chopped tomatoes
- pico de gallo
- salsa or salsa verde
- sour cream or Greek yogurt
- chopped lettuce
- hot sauce
- crushed tortilla chips
HOW TO PICK THE BEST AVOCADOS
The best stuffed avocados start with fresh, creamy, ripe avocados. Here’s what to look for:
- Color. Ripe avocados will be dark green, almost turning purple.
- Feel. Gently squeeze the avocado. If an avocado feels firm or hard to your touch, it isn’t ripe yet. Purchase it only if you plan to use the fruit several days in the future. If the avocado feels soft, it’s overripe, avoid it. You want the avocado to just give slightly when pressed.
- Stem. Check the avocado stems for clues on what’s inside. Peel back the small stem or cap at the top. If the area underneath is green, the avocado is good to buy. If the area is brown, the avocado is overripe so it’s best to avoid it.
HOW TO RIPEN AVOCADOS QUICKLY
- Do not place unripe avocados in the fridge as this stalls the ripening process and they may not ripen at all. Only place in the refrigerator once ripened to prolong their life. Ripe avocados can last for up to one month in the refrigerator using Fridge Fresh.
- To ripen avocados more quickly – so you can eat your stuffed avocados NOW – place your avocados and two bananas or two apples in a brown paper bag. The other fruit release a lot of ethylene which triggers ripening in the avocados.
HOW TO CUT AVOCADOS for Stuffed avocado recipe
- Place an avocado on a cutting board. Hold it with one hand so it is stable while you cut around the seed lengthwise. You want to cut into the avocado until the knife comes in contact with the seed, then start to rotate the avocado with the opposite hand until the avocado is complete cut through.
- Pick up the avocados and rotate them until they separate.
- To remove the seed, you can either spoon it out or strike it with a knife and twist. ONLY use a knife if you are confident with your knife skills.
What meat should I use for stuffed avocados?
You can use either lean ground beef or lean ground turkey for this stuffed avocado recipe. I chose to use my ground turkey taco meat recipe because it is sensationally seasoned and will blow you away with how juicy it is!
My two tips for using lean ground turkey:
- Salsa! Due to its low-fat content, ground turkey filling has a bad reputation for being dry. To remedy this problem, stir in 1/4 cup of your favorite salsa or more to taste. You can even stir in enchilada sauce if you are in a bind. This not only adds moisture back into your turkey taco meat, but adds another layer of flavor as well – winning!
- Beef bouillon: Adding beef bouillon or better than bouillon to your turkey meat will change your culinary life. I always use 2 teaspoons beef bouillon for every one pound of ground turkey to infuse it with flavorful beefy goodness whether in tacos, soups, sauces etc. So, for this stuffed avocado recipe which uses half a pound of turkey, you will want 1 teaspoon beef bouillon. If you use ground beef instead, then omit the beef bouillon and add salt to taste.
HOW TO MAKE STUFFED AVOCADOS
Are you ready to see just how easy it is to make stuffed avocados?!
- Cook filling: Cook ground turkey with onions and seasonings then add salsa, corn and black beans simmer an additional 5 minutes or until cooked through and reduced.
- Slice avocados: Slice avocados in half and remove the pits.
- Stuff avocados: Divide filling between avocados and load in the hollowed-out craters.
- Add toppings: Pile on your favorite toppings such as cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, sour cream. etc.
- EAT! Enjoy every last bite of creamy, juicy taco stuffed avocados.
HOW TO CUSTOMIZE STUFFED AVOCADOS
- Customize Veggies. I am a HUGE sweet corn fan and love the juicy fresh pop it adds to these stuffed avocados, so I can’t say I suggest replacing the corn, but if you really aren’t a fan, you can swap with any of your favorite veggies such as zucchini, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, etc. If you want to add additional veggies, that is great too, just be aware you will have extra filling and will want to use more avocados.
- More or Less Heat. I used medium salsa and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper and my filling was spicy – just the way I like it. For more kid friendly, use mild salsa and omit the cayenne pepper. After the filling is made, you can taste and add a dash of cayenne pepper if desired.
- Make it cheesy. You can add cheese on top of your stuffed avocados or for melty, cheesy filling, stir in desired amount of cheese to melt in the filling.
- Make it creamy. For creamy filling, stir in a little Greek yogurt or sour cream.
- Add grains. You can stir in cooked rice or quinoa for even more added texture. If you do this, you may need to up the salsa and add salt to taste. Again, this will bulk up the filling so you will need additional avocados or be ready to save some of the filling.
Can I freeze Stuffed Avocados?
I don’t recommend freezing the avocados themselves as they will become a funny texture but the filling itself freezes beautifully. To freeze:
- Cook turkey or beef taco filling according to recipe.
- Cool to room temperature.
- Add meat to a freezer size plastic bag.
- Press bag flat, squeeze out excess air and seal.
- When ready to use, defrost meat in the refrigerator overnight.
- Remove from freezer bag and reheat ground turkey/beef in a skillet on the stovetop or in a microwave-safe container in the microwave. You may want to add additional salsa for juicier leftovers.
ARE STUFFED AVOCADOS HEALTHY?
This stuffed avocado recipe is a lowfat, low carb wonder. The health benefits are staggering for the little green avocado – and they taste good too – winning!
Avocados are full of healthy fats and can be enjoyed often. Studies have shown that cholesterol levels are significantly reduced when you eat one to two avocados a week. Blood triglycerides and LDL Cholesterol are also lowered.
Here are some of the most abundant nutrients, in a single 3.5-ounce serving of avocado:
- Vitamin K: 26% of the daily value (DV)
- Folate: 20% of the DV
- Vitamin C: 17% of the DV
- Potassium: 14% of the DV
- Vitamin B5: 14% of the DV
- Vitamin B6: 13% of the DV
- Vitamin E: 10% of the DV
- 10 grams of Fiber: 36% of the DV
- avocados also contain small amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous and vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin).
One study I read, showed that adding avocado or avocado oil to your meal (salsa or salad) can increase antioxidant absorption 2.6 to 15-fold! This means those nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants that might not absorb well into our body can absorb at a way higher rate when eaten with avocado.
So, not only are avocados highly nutritious, they can dramatically increase the nutrient value of other plant foods that you are already eating – and eating more of thanks to Fridge Fresh 😉.
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