March 15, 2017

Food for Thought and Taco Stuffed Avocados

Rough Spots and Taco Stuffed Avocados - Anna Johnston.

“Anna, stop waiting for your life to be perfect!” I keep hearing these words go round and round in my thoughts!

I found myself again focusing on being out of action because of my broken ankle and wishing away the months until it’s all better!  As if it is such a horrible thing having the luxury to heal properly in our beautiful seaside home; surrounded by my most favourite people, and supported by pretty much everyone I come into contact with, go figure!  Shout out to Queen Suebah for helping me do life graciously and comfortably, to the Cruise Whitsunday crew and Captain Chris for wheeling me to my office door one day; even though you had a ferry full of tourists wanting to get cracking with their holidays waiting on the ferry; and of course my awesome colleagues Di, Jess, Jene and Alex, who everyday make my working world that little bit easier.  Seriously guys what would I have done without you.  I shudder to think!

Being forced to stop, I can literally see my life flash before my eyes each day, the concept of time and its passing have changed dramatically for me. It freaks me out, I tell ya.  I have found myself slipping into my evil old ways, becoming a bit unconscious about life and just going through the paces without much feeling attached to anything just because of this silly old broken ankle. When in actual fact I should be focusing on how my slower daily routines of home and work and being down a leg has changed the way I designate the hours and minutes of my days, and how refreshing it is to loosen the slack a bit, and learn to just BE – I’m not sure if I’ve ever thought that much about “just being”.   I figure this is a learned skill that I am working to master … If not master, then to give it a red hot go and make good on my late 2016 resolution to embrace life, be grateful and say YES!

Note to self:  “True happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now.”

Now… let’s get to this recipe!

Rough Spots and Taco Stuffed Avocados - Anna Johnston.

These taco stuffed avocados are AMAZING!! I freakin love avocados, and tacos would totally make the menu for my last meal, so this is a match made in heaven for my tastebuds! I topped these bad boys with diced and spiced tomato salsa, fresh lime and coriander and shavings of parmesan cheese which really takes this dish to the next level. They are super easy to make, gluten free and you can be chowing down in around 30 minutes too. You can mix these up and add all sorts of toppings – whatever you’d normally top tacos with. So good!

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes


  • 400 grams. ground beef (or protein of choice)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4 avocados, sliced in half and pitted
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • Coriander, to garnish
  • Parmesan cheese, shavings

Rough Spots and Taco Stuffed Avocados - Anna Johnston.


  • 1 medium, diced tomato
  • 1 small, fine diced spanish onion
  • 3 tablespoons pre packaged salsa mixture
  • Coriander, finely chopped
  1. In a bowl combine, chili powder, paprika, garlic, onion, oregano, cumin, sea salt, and black pepper.
  2. Add oil to a pan, over high heat, add the onion and the ground beef.
  3. Cook until the beef is browned, stir through the spices until combined. I like to cook my meat out a little, 15-30 minutes.
  4. Dice tomatoes and onions, I enjoy a rustic salsa. Chop a handful of coriander and combine ingredients with prepackaged salsa.
  5. Halve and remove seed of avocados
  6. Place on plate and fill each avocado with ground beef, and top with the diced and spiced tomato salsa.
  7. Serve the avocado topped with shaved parmesan and fresh coriander.

Rough Spots and Taco Stuffed Avocados - Anna Johnston.

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Denise Browning - April 16, 2017 Reply

I am a fan of avocados. I used to consume them in sweet treats — something very Brazilian. 🙂 After spending so many years in the US, I started to appreciate them in savory dishes, something quite Mexican here. Nowadays I love pretty anything made with avocados. These stuffed ones look divine, Anna!!! I hope you are already fully recovered. xx

Krista Bjorn - March 24, 2017 Reply

Oh luv, I’m so sorry to hear you injured yourself so badly! It sounds wretchedly painful. 🙁 Wishing you thorough healing and much patience to endure this. These tacos look so, so good. xo

Nadia - March 20, 2017 Reply

I find stopping and not doing a million things at once difficult too!
Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ve been looking for seasoning ideas for taco mince but just never got organised. I loovvveee tacos!!

Ana O - March 18, 2017 Reply

I’m sorry to hear about your ankle, I hope it’s healing fast and well.
I love avocados and tacos and I never thought to ombine them like this. It looks awesome!

Prateek Dasgupta - March 17, 2017 Reply

This is a great recipe for a paleo or keto diet especially! Love the inovative use of avocado,I have tried with egg based stuffing but this looks better!

Tim UrbanDuniya - March 17, 2017 Reply

Well they just look delicious! Even if I’m not the world’s biggest fan of avocado!

And as for your ankle… sending lots of love and light your way. I can only imagine how much it must suck… but life is still good – and I think you rock 🙂 Best of luck for the cast coming off 🙂

Cheryl - March 17, 2017 Reply

What a great idea of using avocado instead of tortillas! It has to be more filling and delicious.

My Inner Chick - March 17, 2017 Reply

“True happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now.”

Anna, So TRUE!

I love how you insert bits of your “REAL LIFE” into your recipes!


PS. Oh, and the food looks FABULOUSSSSSsssss

Raymund - March 17, 2017 Reply

Ohhh I love avos and this I guess is the perfect way to serve them

Kristy - March 16, 2017 Reply

ooooh yum, looks delicious.

Sounds like a lovely life to be surrounded by such nice people.

mjskitchen - March 16, 2017 Reply

Happiness happens when you’re not looking for it darlin! Take it from a 60 year old woman who never went looking for it, but has had a lot of it! 🙂 Now for the recipe – what a fabulous idea! We put avocado in tacos so why not tacos in avocado. Got to make these!

John/Kitchen Riffs - March 16, 2017 Reply

Mmmm, these look terrific! Inspired recipe — love the idea of stuffing avocados with taco ingredients. Know what you mean about anticipating a more “perfect” life than you have at the present — been there, done that. Took me ages to realize that _right now_ is the best time ever, and to just enjoy it. Anyway, good post — thanks.

Kate - March 15, 2017 Reply

So sorry to hear about your broken ankle! What a drag! 🙁 This recipe looks simple and delicious, though! I am a vegetarian and I will totally try this with black beans. 🙂

Cate - March 15, 2017 Reply

Anna! Hope the ankle heels quickly ! The recipe sounds fabulous and the shots are mouthwatering! Any idea of calorie content (not that that is a big concern of mine 😉 xx

Mabel Kwong - March 15, 2017 Reply

It does sound like your leg is slowing you down 🙁 But good to see you still out and about in the kitchen and I would soooo try these taco stuffed avocados! I’ve never thought they would work with salsa but from your photos, they seem too… Also cheese to go with it too. The cheese lover in my is very happy 🙂

I can also imagine all of that mashed up into a bowl and turned into a kind of salad for a lovely warm summer’s day, lol.

Just being. That sounds really nice and relaxing. I’ll admit. I’ve been doing that a lot lately. Just sitting around and enjoying the warm summer weather Melbourne is still having here. Call me lazy but I feel like I think most clear and am most honest with myself in this state. Sending lots of positive vibes to you big sis, and wishing I could join you and push you around so you can get around x

Mandy - March 15, 2017 Reply

Darling Anna, how wonderful to be surrounded by so much love while you are healing and before you know where you are, you will be back up and at em like nothing ever happened.
Now, as for this idea of taco stuffed avos’ – well, I LOVE IT! Scrumptious!
Have a beautiful day hon.
🙂 Mandy xoxo

Gary Lum - March 15, 2017 Reply

Make the most of it Anna, it sounds like you have a great support network and being able to work and recuperate is a great thing.
The avocados look like Shepards. This time of year is always fraught for me, I love Hass avocados and I’m not that fond of the Shepards. Beggers can’t be choosers though I suppose

Sahar - March 15, 2017 Reply

We have a dish in the Middle East where minced lamb is served with hummus. Reminded me of that and this version sou ds really delicious. I love avocados and scooping some avocado with the mince as you eat want me to.go get abocados right now! Thanks for this recipe.

    Anna - March 15, 2017 Reply

    Ooooh… your recipe sounds delightful, although I’d sub the lamb for another protein. I totally recommend you try this recipe, it’s GOOD!

Liz Posmyk - March 15, 2017 Reply

A delicious recipe, Anna… yum! I had never thought of making tacos in an avocado. Great idea. Your life WILL return to normal soon, love.

    Anna - March 15, 2017 Reply

    SO delicious lovely Lizzy! Def worth a taste, but I may be bias with my slight obsession with tacos. 🙂
    And I know you are right, fingers crossed normal will begin tomorrow when the cast comes off. WAWHOOOOO!

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