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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 Ann from Richland, WA
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
My children didn't like meat when they were young, so I made their tacos with Campbells Bean with Bacon soup, (just add enough water to make the beans into a spreadable paste.) Add chopped lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese.
As they got older and liked meat I added the Bean and Bacon soup right from the can to a pound of hamburger that has been browned with 1/2 cup chopped onion, cooked left over veggies, like carrots, corn, potato or even rice.
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. Add hot sauce or salsa of your choice. The tortillas are soft for this recipe. Sometimes we still like to have a food "memory" and make the tacos like we did in the 50's.
By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA
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.
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.
Tacos are a dinner option that is easy to make inexpensively. This is a guide about $10 soft tacos dinner recipe.
This is a guide about shrimp tacos. These tacos are reminiscent of street food you might find in a beach town in Mexico.
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.
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?
I found this recipe on www.recipezaar.com. I hope this helps!
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup refried bean
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/4 cup mild taco sauce (Ortega or Pico Pica brand or any smooth taco sauce, no chunks of tomato and stuff)
12 soft corn tortillas (try to use thin ones and warm them up before using so they don't crack when you fold them)
3 cups cooking oil, crisco oil will give the tacos a taste closest to the original
6 slices American cheese
1 head finely chopped lettuce
1Slowly brown the ground beef over low heat, using a wooden spoon to chop and smoosh the meat, keep it very fine and smooth.
2When the beef is brown, drain the fat.
3Add the refried beans and use the wooden spoon to smash the whole beans into the mixture, creating a smooth texture.
4Add the salt, chili powder, and 2 tablespoons of the taco sauce to the mixture; remove from the heat.
5In another skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil until hot (test with a small piece of tortilla, it should bubble when dropped into the oil).
6Spread 1/12 of the beef mixture on the center of each corn tortilla.
7Fold the tortillas over and press so that the beef filling acts as an adhesive and holds the sides together.
8Drop each taco into the pan of hot oil and fry on both sides until crispy.
9When cooked, remove the tacos from the oil and place them on a rack or some paper towels until they are a little cooler.
10Pry open each taco slightly; add 1/2 slice of American cheese (cut diagonally) and some lettuce; top with about 1 1/2 teaspoons of the remaining taco sauce.
PS I am originally from Arthur, IL - I am now a Yankee Transplant in Mississippi! :)
Sounds like your talking about chimichangas, they are prepared that way, too, filled with chicken or beef.
I too am from the Champaign, Illinois area.
I got a recipe from this site for baked chimichangas. I've made them several times over. Yummy! It was originally from Connie from Oden, Arkansas. Very easy to put together with just a few ingredients.
The deep fried tacos are made with a flour tortilla . Put your meat mixture in a soft tortilla then secure closed with a toothpick. Make sure your oil is really hot before frying or they will come out grose and soggy.
After tortilla is nice and crispy remove toothpick and add your cheese lettus and tomatoes and sauce.
When I lived in Florida for a year I was shocked at the unavailabilty of a lot of different mexican food items.
Maybe this is what you are looking for. Its kinda long but it came from "Champions" "Favorite Foods of Indy Car Racing" (bought of course at the Speedway) and are called Super Sullivan Tacos. I will try to simplify.
1 3-lb can Crisco
12 corn tortillas
2 lbs ground beef
Salt, pepper, garlic powder, Accent
Prepared toppings (lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, etc..)
Heat Crisco in a 12" cast iron pan to "frying temp". When melted, add 1/2 tsp each salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir to mix well. Press a piece of beef about twice the size of a golf ball on half of each tortilla and press to 3/16" or 1/4" thick. Sprinkle each with salt, pepper, Accent and garlic powder to taste.
Fold each in a U shape and cook (hold in oil for 10 seconds to make shape then lay on side till crisp. (Can do more than one at a time.) Flip and cook other side till done (timing depends...) Drain standing up in a loaf pan lined with paper towels. Be careful when loading with toppings as to not break shells.
The best part? After cooking, cool and pour Crisco back into the container, refrigerate, and reuse next Taco dinner. The author says their Crisco was 4 years old and they give parts away as Taco Starter. Just add a little Crisco each time and the flavor gets better and better.
Side note - I tried it and it was really good, over the years I forgot about this recipe, and thank you for reminding me. I think tomorrow night may have to be a Taco Night!
This came from "Champions - Favorite Foods of Indy Car Racing" (bought at the Speedway, of course) and is called Super Sullivan Taco. The original is a little long, so I will try to make it simple.
1 3 lb can Crisco
12 fresh corn tortillas
2 lbs ground beef
Salt, pepper, garlic powder, Accent
Favorite taco toppings (cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, etc)
Heat Crisco in a 12" cast iron skillet. When warm, add 1/2 tsp each salt, pepper, and Accent. Stir till mixed.
Take a piece of ground beef about twice the size of a golf ball and spread 3/16" to 1/4" thick on half of each tortilla. Sprinkle each with salt, pepper, Accent, and garlic powder to taste.
When Crisco is frying hot, fold each tortilla in half and hold upright in oil about 10 seconds to form. Lay on side and cook till crisp (can do more than one at a time). Flip over with tongs and cook other side till done. Time varies.
When cooked, stand in a loaf pan lined with paper towels to drain. Be careful when filling with toppings so you don't break shells.
The important secret? Cool Crisco, return to container, refrigerate and reuse every time you make tacos - just tastes better and better!
The Author says their Crisco was 4 years old, and they give parts away as Taco Starter.
I made this a long time ago and it was awesome! Over time and a couple of moves, I forgot about this. Thank you for reminding me - I think tomorrow is Taco Night!
I am originally from South Dakota. Here is how we make the Indian Tacos served in the Badlands:
INDIAN FRY BREAD
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour
3 t baking powder
1 t salt
1 cup water (or enough to make a soft dough)
Mix all ingredients. Using a large spoon, drop dough onto a floured surface and pat down to about 1" thick. Fry in 1"-2" of oil at 350 degrees until golden brown.
2 16 oz cans of refried beans
1 lb ground buffalo meat*
1 or 2 packs of taco seasoning
Brown meat, drain, and stir in beans and seasoning. Spread meat mixture on top of fry bread.
Let people take their choice among the following toppings: Shredded Lettuce, Chopped Tomatoes, Grated Cheese, Guacamole, Salsa, and Sour Cream.
*Of course, you can substitute ground beef (or other ground meat) for the buffalo meat.
Hello from Southern Illinois in Maryville!
I don't have a deep fried taco recipe, but I do have a pan-fried taco that is the bomb! Everyone I've ever made these for just loves them!
Get some flour tortilla shells found usually by the cheese in the refrigerated section at the grocery store. Buy a can of refried beans (I like the ones with the green chillies added), 1 pound of hamburger and some canola oil or oil or your choice.
Brown the ground hamburger, drain the grease. Add the can of refried beans to the cooked hamburger mixture, heat it up and mix it all together. Take a spoonful of this mixture and put it in a taco shell and carefully fold it over without creasing the taco. Get a pan and turn it to medium heat. and fill with oil (I usually cover the bottom of the pan), and when the oil is hot, place the taco in the hot oil carefully watching it and brown it on each side. Once in a while you'll get a a big bubble on your taco shell. Just take your tongs and pop the bubble back down. As I take the browned taco out of the oil, I slant it from side to side over the pan and let some of the oil drain off. Place on paper towel covering a dinner plate to allow additional oil to drain off.
I serve with all my favorite toppings including parmesan cheese. These are absolutely a hit in my family and everyone loves them. I can actually multi-task and cook two tacos at once. Brown one side on one, one on the other and then flip very quickly.
You won't be disappointed! Try them and let me know!
All this yummy is making me wish it was dinner time right now! Thank you, all for such excellent recipes!
Thank you everyone for the wonderful feedback. Not sure which recipe to try first. They all sound yummy. This is the greatest site. Keep your ideas coming.
These are actually what is known as taquitos. The recipes souns right, although the truly authentic ones are made with corn tortillas. You can also buy them by the box in the frozen foods section of your grocery store. They're actually fairly inexpensive and you can get them in chicken or beef flavors with or without cheese. Good luck.
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.
I am looking for taco recipes.
By Brenda from Tyler, TX
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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