*  Exported from  MasterCook II  *
 
                            Tex-Mex Style Tacos
 
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 Serving Size  : 12   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Mexican
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2      Lb            Ground Beef -- extra-lean
    1      Med           Onion -- chopped fine
      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 -- grated
    1      Lg            Tomato -- chopped
    3      C             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 saute 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 saute 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.
 
  Put about 1/2 inch 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 hot enough).
 
  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 2/3s full of the meat and top with
 cheese, tomato and lettuce. We like to add extra zap with a shot of
 Tabasco sauce.
 
  NOTES:
 
  *  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 bordering Texas.  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.  Yield: 1 dozen
 tacos.
 
  *  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.
 
  : Difficulty:  easy.
 : Time:  20 minutes.
 : Precision:  measure the spices.
 
  : Pamela McGarvey : UCLA Comprehensive Epilepsy Program :
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