It's so much fun to set up this "choose your own ingredients" meal for company and watch the choices and how they build their own tacos. As for the taco shells, you can make it easier on yourself by simply serving soft shells by heating the corn tortillas in a microwave tortilla warmer instead of frying them ahead in oil.
Here's a list of my favorite taco ingredients to prepare and set out. The bonus is that any leftovers can be used to make your own personal "build your own taco salads" the next day including crumbling any leftover chips into it.
Set everything out and let the fun begin!
Besides the taco ingredients I make corn tortilla chips by deep frying them instead of serving store bought and make a simple guacamole and con queso for an alternative dipping sauce other than just salsa. Oh, and black olives on the side to help cut the heat for the jalapeno lovers ;-)
By Deeli from Richland, WA
This is the way we do it too, and nobody ever turns down an invitation to join the party. We do Tacos and Burritos at the same time. They can choose either or both which is pretty much the way it goes.
Homemade iced-tea with LIME is the drink that goes best with them in my opinion, but good cold beer isn't half bad either (for the grown-ups only, of course).
Thanks for sharing yours.
Sounds yummy. My kind of din-din for sure.
Thank you for sharing your recipe.
|1 pound ground beef|
(or use a beef/turkey mixture)
|1 bunch green onions (scallions)||$.99|
|1 head garlic||$.50|
|1 6 oz can tomato paste||$.89|
|1 tomato, diced||.99|
|1 package flour tortillas||$1.69|
|Total Cost = $9.53|
Chop green onions, reserving most of green part for later and mince or press 4-5 garlic cloves. Take a large skillet and brown ground beef, adding in onion and garlic after a couple of minutes. When it is throughly cooked, drain any grease and return to heat.
Add tomato paste and a can of water, including juices to the pan. Add 1 Tbsp. of cumin, chili powder and oregano and mix everything together.
Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally. Taste and add salt, pepper or other spices as needed. You can also add some extra water to make it the proper consistency.
While this is cooking, dice tomato and set aside. Shred cheese, if necessary. Heat tortillas according to package directions. I like to use my microwave, place 4-6 tortillas between two slightly moist paper towels and heat for 30 seconds at a time until warm and flexible. Set out all the fixings and have each person make their own. Then fold in the sides, roll them up and eat 'em!
Cute little burrito eater!
I'm hungry just looking at the pic's
Traveling some years ago in South Dakota we stopped at a small town tavern. Their special was a deep fried type of taco. Anyone have a recipe to make a deep fried taco?
Wynd from Champaign, Il
I'm from SD and I'm pretty sure you're referring to an Indian Taco. Liz has what looks like a great recipe. An Indian Taco is just taco meat and toppings on a piece of fry bread. I know that around here you can buy the Indian Fry Bread mix (and I bet you could find some online). I suppose if push comes to shove you could always get some frozen bread dough, thaw it, pat into a circle and then deep fry. The bread will get kind of puffy and crispy (it is definitely different than a tortilla). These are so wonderful. Perhaps other parts of the country have something similar, but around here we call them Indian Tacos.
DEEP FRY TACOS
Makes 7 tacos. 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder Salt 2 tsp. oil 3/4 c. warm water
Mix all together. Divide into 7 balls. Roll balls into circles with rolling pin on floured board. Fill with filling (fried hamburger, cheese, refried beans, etc.). Fold over and pinch edges shut to look like half moon. Drop into hot grease. Fry until golden brown 1 to 2 minutes each side. As you eat add lettuce, tomatoes and taco sauce.
Easy to put together. Great fundraiser for outdoor event. Fry ground meat in a large skillet. When meat is browned, add taco seasoning mix and water or broth.
Cold tacos are simple, quick and nice in hot weather or a quick snack, brunch or lunch.
How many pounds of ground beef do I need to feed a 100 people tacos?
Elaine from Atlanta, GA
I think 20lbs of ground beef would feed 100 people but that would only give 1 taco per person.
At home I cook up 1lb of meat and it feeds three people, so I would guess somewhere between 30 and 35lbs for 100 people. It would depend on what you were serving with the tacos - if you have a lot of other dishes as well then you probably wouldn't need quite so much taco filling.
Combine first 3 ingredients with 1/2 teaspoon salt in bowl, mixing well. Knead on floured board until smooth. Divide into portions and roll out individual fry breads. Fry in hot deep oil until brown. Saute' onions in 1/4 cup oil in skillet.
After browning off your meat and making the sauce, use your food processor to almost puree the sauce. Taco Bell copycat?
By jeanne from Cortez, CO
This is a great tasting recipe that makes quite a few tacos!
I am looking for taco recipes.
By Brenda from Tyler, TX
Brenda, here are a bunch of different taco recipes in this guide. The ones at the top received the most "Thumbs Up" but many of them predate this system. If you look to the right of the page, you will also see guides for specific types of tacos, such as vegetarian.
Please let us know what you try. Tacos are a favorite in my household.
Thinly slice the steaks (as for stir-fry). Sprinkle steaks with salt; set aside. For sauce, in small bowl whisk together coffee, ketchup, and chili powder.
Cover the bottom of 6-inch non-stick frying pan with 1/2 cup of the Mexican-blend cheese. Fry until it is lightly browned on one side. Pour off excess fat. Turn it over with a large spatula and cook until lightly browned on other side.
Cook your ground beef, add onion, salt, pepper, garlic and anything else you like. Set it aside in a bowl near the pan. Clean the pan or use a clean frying pan. Put about a Tbsp. of oil in the pan and let it get hot enough to sizzle if you flick a drop of water at it (stand back, lol).
Brown about 1 pound of Hamburger. Boil about 6 large potatoes.