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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
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. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until liquid is reduced down.
This is where the fun begins! Keep the meat mixture hot in a crock-pot. Have all the topping ingredients next to the crockpot, so each person can make their own "walking taco". Instruct everyone to crush an individual size bag of taco chips for themselves, then open it up and start adding in all the toppings they want (or can get in the bag), starting with the meat first.
When they have their toppings in the bag, fold over the top and shake vigorously. Open the bag, grab a fork, and walk around with your meal in your hand!
|Time:||15-30 Minutes Preparation Time|
10 Minutes Cooking Time
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By trixie118 from Turbotville, PA
Cold tacos are simple, quick and nice in hot weather or a quick snack, brunch or lunch.
For hot weather, do not heat anything. Use what's on hand, cold or room temperature. Take a taco shell, layer greens in the bottom, put veggies in on top of greens. Put the meat on top of veggies, and the salsa on meat. Serve and eat.
Yummy, quick and easy. Add a serving of chips for extra zest.
By Cornelia from OR
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!
Brown meat; drain. Add other ingredients and mix well. Simmer 1/2 hour. Spoon into taco shells; top with cheese. Heat in oven about 10-15 minutes or until warmed through. Garnish with chopped lettuce and tomatoes.
By Robin from Washington, IA
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.
In 12-inch skillet heat oil over medium-high heat; add beef. Cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until brown on all sides. Add sauce, onion, and sweet pepper. Cook 6 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender and sauce is thickened.
Meanwhile, wrap tortillas in paper towels. Warm in microwave on 100 percent power for 30 seconds. Spoon steak and vegetable mixture on tortillas. Top with corn relish and sprinkle cilantro. Makes 4 servings.
Source: By Better Homes and Gardens
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By Kathleen from Dothan, Al
By Robin from Washington, IA
These meals are intended to be a relatively simple and healthy weeknight meal for a family of four. We assume that these dinners are being made in a kitchen stocked with regular kitchen staples. We will not include prices of oil, sugar, flour, spices, etc. unless you need a 1/4 cup or more. Regional food prices may vary and can be reduced by smart shopping techniques.
|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!
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). Put the tortilla in and it will begin to bubble up so hurry up and turn it over, dripping off the excess oil first, using tongs (or a fork if you're good).
Hurry up and put cheese on it, you can use shredded or slices, then hurry up and put some meat on it. Fold it in half and watch it close. As soon as that one side is browning turn it over and fry the other side. Have the cut up lettuce and tomatoes and whatever other stuff and the salsa on the table. Make a few and then start serving!
These are sooo delicious everyone RAVES over them! (smiles) Enjoy! This is like french toast, requires the standing over the stove thing but sooo worth it! (grins)
By Lily from South Bend, Indiana
Brown about 1 lb. of hamburger. Boil about 6 large potatoes.
After the meat is browned add 1/4 cup water and taco seasoning. Cook until most of the water is gone. Remove the potatoes and mash them. Mix the potatoes with the meat and set aside.
Next you will take corn tortillas and in a skillet with about 1 cup of shortening heated you will place the tortillas in one at a time to heat on both sides. Then you take the filling and fill the tortillas, fold in half and use wooden toothpicks to secure them. After they are all filled you will then fry them in the skillet again until the shells are firm.
Add your favorite toppings, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, salsa, sour cream, etc and enjoy!
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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.
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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
By Laura Justice07/08/2009
Now to complete the meal!
Tomatillos about 1/2 pound or so
Jalapeno peppers or Serrano ( more heat)
one clove garlic
one slice onion
very little water ( if needed)
Clean tomatillos ( light green more astringent) of paper coverings. Wash
Wash jalapeno or serrano peppers and remove stems. for less heat, remove some seeds.
Put wet tomatillos and peppers in microwave and cook til done.
Dump tomatillos and peppers in blender-- add salt, garlic and onion - blend to liquefy - adding very little water -
I keep mine in a jar in the frig-- will last forever. Try some with soup or beans this winter!
How many pounds of ground beef do I need to feed a 100 people tacos?
Elaine from Atlanta, GA
I have a cookbook that I looked this up in, it's not for tacos, but for hamburgers for 100 people, will take 35 lbs. of ground beef. I hope this helps you out.
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Years ago a friend of mine made homemade taco shells, and I lost the recipe. Does anyone have a recipe? It was so simple and the tacos were so soft. Thanks.
Antoinette J. from Cincinnati, OH