Monday, May 23, 2011

Best Ever Tacos

Our family LOVES, LOVES, LOVES these tacos.  We eat them AT LEAST once per week.  Get ready to have a very inexpensive meal, and a very happy, satisfied family!

Preheat: --
Categories: Mexican, tacos, ground beef

6" Corn tortillas (The adults eat 2-4, and the little kids eat 2-3; also I can buy a large pack of these, enough for three weeks, from Sam's Club for minimal prices and they make fantastic baked chips)

1 pound Ground beef
1 packet Taco seasoning
Water (see packet for quantity)

3/4 Cup Grated cheese (we strongly prefer extra-sharp)
1 to 1 1/2 Cup Finely sliced fresh Spinach leaves
3/4 cup Chopped tomatoes

Optional Toppings:
1/2 Cup Chopped olives (I buy the cheaper large olives in a can and chop them myself)
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1/2 Cup Fresh salsa
Tobasco Sauce
Lime wedges

1.  Brown ground beef, add taco seasoning and water, then keep warm.  I use my covered baker for this.

2.  Set out cheese, ground beef, spinach, tomatoes, olives, sour cream, salsa, tobasco sauce, lime wedges... or whatever combination you like.  Usually we put out cheese, beef, spinach, tomatoes, olives, and sour cream.  But it's yummy whatever you have.

3.  Pull out large frying pan and wipe down a super-thin amount of oil.  We use olive oil, and really it's to condition the pan.

4.  Set heat to medium-high and place four tortillas on pan.  When tortillas have heated through, they will have shrunk a little.  I like my shells a little crunchier, but still flexible.  You're not going to get a hard taco shell without using frying oil, but you can do slightly crunchy. 

5.  Serve tortillas while hot, scooping in fresh ingredients, customized for each person

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