Taco Tuesday

If you’re like us, the last thing you have time to do after a long day at the office is to cook a complicated meal. But you still want something tasty, fun, and not out of a box. Say hola to Taco Tuesday! It takes about 15 minutes from beginning to end.

Here’s what you do.

1) Warm tortillas

Preheat oven to 250. Wrap tortillas (corn or flour) in foil and place on middle rack of oven to heat.

2) Brown the Meat 

Choose from ground beef, ground chicken, or ground pork. We chose ground chicken. Take a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, and brown meat over medium high.

3) Mix the Seasoning

While your meat is busy browing, it’s time to mix the seasoning. After all, a solid seasoning is crucial to a tasty taco. And don”t bother with one of those Old El Paso or Taco Bell premade packs. A homemade mix is easy and so much better. Plus, you can customize it to your own taste by adding a little more or less of the key ingredients.  For your first attempt; however, just mix the following:

1¼ tablespoons chili powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon paprika
1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 teaspoon cilantro (or 2 cubes frozen chopped cilantro)

4) Add the seasoning to the meat. 

Take 1½ tablespoons of the mix (there will be plenty of leftover mix for another batch) and sprinkle over the browned meat. Add 1/2-cup water and and 2 cubes frozen chopped cilantro (We like Dorot – they have it at Trader Joe’s). With a wooden spoon,  stir until cilantro is mixed in and water has evaporated – about 3 minutes. And that’s it.

5) Serve. 

Transfer taco to bowl. Grab tortillas and put in a basket. Place whatever toppings you prefer on the table. We went pretty basic:

Pico de Gallo – Goya (oh boya)
Sour Cream
Mexican 4 cheese
Nestle Media Crema (Secret Ingredient)

You can also add:

Lettuce
Avacado
Onion
Chiles

 

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