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Sometimes you have to have taco night. Around here that means ground beef tacos in hard shells from a box with bowls of only the most basic toppings: lettuce, tomato, salsa, cheese, avocado. It also means that everyone, everyone will be eating dinner, no fuss, no complaining and no rooting around in the kitchen 30 minutes later because of rumbling tummies.
I love taco night, too, because it's so familiar that it doesn't require 100 percent of my attention to come out right. We had guests last night, so I was able to assemble the meal while chatting. All I had to do was cook half a chopped onion in oil, then brown some ground beef (we had about 1½ pounds for 6 people). Once it was cooked I added cumin, salt, oregano and ancho chile powder along with some water (less that ¼ cup). Boiled that a bit while I warmed the shells according to the package directions. Put out the ground beef, warmed shells and other toppings and let everyone build their own.
Another easy one for me is chili, which takes a lot of the same toppings (no lettuce) and this antipasto platter is one I turn to in a pinch, too:
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What's your no-brainer dinner? — Kim Walker