Thursday, April 7, 2011

Home-Fried Tacos

There are a lot of debates about the border between the United States and Mexico. Should the border be shut down? Should the United States be so restrictive against immigrants comming in from Mexico. Why would we want it to be hard for people to make a better life for themselves? These quarrels have even seeped into the gaming world, as controversy arose around the release of the game "Call of Juarez: The Cartel."

With all of these political debates, the only demand I have is this. Don't take my Mexican food from me! And no, Taco Bell does not count as Mexican food. Having grown up in Southern California, I have a pretty darn good idea about what qualifies as Mexican Food. One of my comfort foods, my mother learned to make from the Mexican ladies in our little town in SoCal. Tacos. Home-Fried Tacos. Not these cheap pre-made taco shells that crack and break and make everything fall apart all over the front of your white wife-beater.

Tacos are flavorful, but even more so when wrapped in a freshly fried shell. One of the other best things about tacos are their versatility. You can top them with whatever sounds good!

Home-Fried Tacos
6 Servings | Total Time: 35 Minutes | Journeyman

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 pkg Taco Seasoning
  • 2 cups Oil, Canola or Vegetable
  • 12 Corn Tortillas, uncooked
  • 1 Tomato, diced
  • 2 cups Cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Lettuce, shredded
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
Craft: In a large skillet, cook ground beef until browned. Add taco seasoning and mix well. In a separate, small, skillet. Heat oil on medium high heat for 3 minutes. Place a corn tortilla in oil and cook approximately 30 seconds per side, or until cooked, but not browned. Remove tortilla from oil and place on plate to drain off oil. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Prepare tortillas as desired with meat and toppings.

Strategies: You can use pre-made taco shells if you like, but they are very brittle and fall apart easily. Cooking them yourself leaves them pliable so they aren't as messy while eating. You can use any toppings you would like for your tacos as well.

Categories: Casual, Critical Hits
  • Ground Beef $1.89
  • Taco Seasoning $1.12
  • Corn Tortillas $2.05
Total Cost: $5.06
Cost Per Serving: $0.84
*This meal contains staple items such as spices that you may or may not have in your pantry so your cost may vary.


  1. Yum! We make something simliar - tostadas. They're really good! I'd love for you toshare this at What's Cooking Thursdays - a food linky I host.

    Thanks for linking up to Friendly Wednesday! I'm following you now. :) Have a great day! Hope to see you there next week as well. :)