It always pays to have a plan. My goal? Make sure the kids eat vegetables intentionally or not, and bribe my son's friend who is staying with us through food. So I set my plan in motion weeks ago asking for a list of his faves. I got back a string of ingredients and a nod toward junk food. Ingredient suggestions in hand I planned the menu for the week. I don't always make a menu, but when I do, food production feels less like a chore. (Admittedly grocery shopping Sunday night wasn't all that…except for the company 🙂
Tonight – crowd pleasing soft tacos! I can't tell you exactly what was said, enough to say there were no leftovers.
Mea culpa. I bought a taco seasoning pouch. Confession. I was too paranoid to use it. Two ingredients I didn't recognize and we were already fighting a potential allergy in the house.
As an alternative, I offer this super simple any night of the week supper.
1 1/4 lbs lean ground beef, or turkey
1/2 large onion chopped
1 teaspoon Veg oil
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon cornmeal
10 oz. can tomatoes with chiles, mild
Soften chopped onion in oil in large skillet. Salt & pepper. Add ground beef, cooking the pink out of it and breaking up chunks. Season with chili powder, cumin, cayenne. Stir 1-2 minutes. Add cornmeal and mix. Add tomatoes & chiles. Cook 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
The fixins: shredded cheese, salsa, lettuce, pickled jalapeños, whole whet tortillas (cover stack with damp paper towel and zap 30-45 seconds in microwave)
Make it your own with your best toppings – guacamole? Sour cream?
Enjoy – B
3 thoughts on “Bold Flavors, Soft Tacos”
Hmmm why cornmeal ?
Hmmm … cornmeal … I’ve never put that in tacos before … must try!
In a month or so we will begin picking and shipping our avocados and I’d love to send some to you for your Latino meals. I was amazed to find how good they are when allowed to ripen without any refrigeration to “hold” them from ripening all at once. Most stores do this and of course if they are coming long distances (like Chili) it’s absolutely required. The flavors are “flattened” by cooling to soon, just as it does with tomatoes. If you message me your address at email@example.com and let me know what would be a good date for delivery, I’ll get a box in the mail to you.
I loved hearing your show on Serius radio. Did it go away with the changes last week?