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Tarantula Tacos

Tarantula Tacos

Halloween party? Gather the kids and make spook-tacular tacos.


  • 1 (4.7 ounce) box Old El Paso® Stand 'n Stuff® taco shells
  • 1 pound lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1 (1 ounce) package Old El Paso® taco seasoning mix
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 20 extra-large pitted ripe olives


  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Heat taco shells in oven as directed on box.
  3. Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook ground beef over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
  4. Stir in taco seasoning mix and water. Reduce heat to medium; cook uncovered about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until water has evaporated. Remove from heat.
  5. Spoon beef mixture into heated taco shells.
  6. Top with cheese, lettuce and tomato.
  7. Spoon sour cream into small resealable food-storage plastic bag. Seal bag; cut tiny hole in corner of bag. Pipe sour cream over top of each taco to resemble spider web.
  8. For each spider, top taco with 1 olive, pitted end down.
  9. Cut second olive lengthwise into 8 pieces; place around whole olive for legs.
  10. For eyes, squeeze 2 dots of sour cream onto top of olive.

Yield: 5 servings

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.

Special Touch: Serve tacos with other favorite Halloween recipes like Spooky Brownies.

1 Serving (2 tacos each): Calories 440 (Calories from Fat 250); Total Fat 28g (Saturated Fat 12g, Trans Fat 1g); Cholesterol 90mg; Sodium 1150mg; Total Carbohydrate 22g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 3g); Protein 24g

Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 15%; Vitamin C 6%; Calcium 40%; Iron 15%

Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Medium-Fat Meat; 3 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 1 1/2

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Betty Crocker/© 2009 ®/TM General Mills