TEX-MEX STYLE TACOS
San Antonio, Texas style tacos
My dad is from east Texas and my mom from southern Oklahoma, but they
developed their definition of Tex-Mex from several years in San Antonio.
Since they now live in D.C., they feel extremely deprived!none of the
chain restaurants come anywhere near the taste they developed in San Antonio.
Tex-Mex cooking is based on peasant-style dishes from the areas of Mexico
The primary ingredients of Tex-Mex cooking
are corn tortillas (the thinner the better),
ground beef, pinto beans, and hot chile powder,
sharp Cheddar cheese, and onions.
Ingredients(1 dozen tacos)
- 2 lb extra lean ground beef
- 1 medium onion,
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 Tbsp chile powder
(or more to taste)
- vegetable oil
- 12 corn tortillas
(the thinner the better)
- 1/2 lb sharp Cheddar cheese,
- 1 large tomato,
- 3 cups shredded lettuce
Brown the ground beef and chopped onion in a large skillet.
There should be enough fat in the beef to eliminate any need for extra oil
and also to sautae the onions at the same time.
While you are browning the beef
(it should be completely cooked with no pink or red color left), be sure to
break it up so that it is granular in texture, as opposed to chunky, when
completely browned. Onions should be limp and translucent but not brown.
Drain off as much fat as possible. Add salt and
chile powder and continue to sautae until the chile is completely
incorporated into the meat mixture. Cover skillet and leave
on extremely low heat!just enough to keep the meat hot.
of vegetable oil in a small skillet, and heat it.
Test the oil for proper temperature
by putting in a small piece of tortilla. When the oil reaches the temperature
where it immediately begins to bubble frantically over the tortilla as soon
as it is put in the oil and the tortilla piece becomes crisp quite quickly,
you are ready to cook the taco shells. This is important because there is
nothing worse than a soggy taco shell (which results from the oil not being
Using tongs, put the tortillas in the oil, one at a time,
and cook for 30-60 seconds until the underside just starts to become crisp.
With the tongs, turn the tortilla over and, using a spatula, bend in half
to form the shell. Cook each side of the bent tortilla until crisp,
about 30-45 seconds per side. Remove the shell from the oil and drain on
a newspaper-covered cookie sheet. The cooked shells can be kept warm in the
oven at very low heat.
To assemble, fill each shell about 2/3's full of the meat and top with
cheese, tomato and lettuce. We like to add extra zap with a shot of
Don't try to use instant onion in this recipe.
In San Antonio, people consider that the best chile
powder is Gebhardt's or Eagle Brand.
measure the spices.
UCLA Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
Recipe last modified: 22 Dec 83
From: pam@cepu (Pam McGarvey)
Subject: RECIPE: Tex-Mex tacos
Date: 9 Jan 87 04:44:57 GMT
Organization: UCLA Comprehensive Epilepsy Project, Los Angeles, Calif., USA
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