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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
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.
Fry hamburger until brown. Add spaghetti sauce and let simmer for 10 minutes on low. Chop up all your veggies and grate your cheese. Put toppings into seperate serving containers. Fill taco shells with hamburger and sauce. Let everyone add their own toppings.
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
This is a guide about shrimp tacos. These tacos are reminiscent of street food you might find in a beach town in Mexico.
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.
I warm the corn tortillas with a small amount of butter on each side. Fill them with the meat, bean mixture add the cheese and now I add black olives and chopped tomatoes, lettuce, onion, or whatever you like...
Cold tacos are simple, quick and nice in hot weather or a quick snack, brunch or lunch.
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?
This is a great tasting recipe that makes quite a few tacos!
In a hurry to make taco meat for supper? I bought Old El Paso Taco Seasoning in a shaker (instead of a bag) and used what I thought would be good. I added Old El Paso mild salsa and a little bit of garlic salt. It was wonderful!
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.
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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
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.
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.
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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