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How To Make Homemade Tacos, Taqueria Style - My Way
Tacos and Skillet Grilled Tamales
Hey it's me again, Bubba Jasper bringing you another one of our family favorite recipes. This time out kiddies it's homemade tacos, taqueria style - my way. What I mean by my way is that I have added some ingredients to the meat that are not normally there. And is it ever delicious!
Let's slow down a minute. I bet you haven't thought about the history of the things you prepare or eat have you? I like to think about how long something has been around and maybe how many people have enjoyed it. Maybe who ate the first one of something or had the idea of how to prepare something. Sounds strange to some people but for me it adds to the overall enjoyment of preparing, cooking, sharing, and eating all kinds of dishes.
Before you make these tacos please understand that you are about to prepare a very historical item! I do not know how long tacos have been around or who invented them but I do know they came to us from Mexico. They are so very simple in what they are-cooked meat placed in a tortilla and I bet they played a large part in the survival of many Mexican people over the years! Therein lies the historical significance.
If you live in or near a reasonably large city you can get ingredients from all over the world! Not to mention the Internet! We can get most any type of food or ingredient delivered right to our door! This allows us to be able to discover and try new cuisines. That's part of what makes our country so great!
They are simple as I said but they are so very delicious and I love them! They are probably in my Top 5 on my list of favorite foods I like to cook and eat!
Some More Tacos I Made Recently
Let's get started:
- 2 to 3 lbs. taco meat (available at your local Mexican meat market). If not available in your area use flank steak or fajita meat cut in 1/4" cubes
- Cajun seasoning (one of my secret ingredients-I love this stuff) to taste, about 1 tbls.
- 1 yellow onion, cut in half and sliced in strips
- 1 green bell pepper, cut in half and sliced in strips
- 2 fresh whole jalapeno peppers
- 2 tbls cooking oil
- 1 cup water
Place the cooking oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the meat and season with the cajun seasoning. Cook until well browned. Stir in the water and cover the skillet with lid. Turn heat down to medium-low and allow meat to cook until very tender, about 1 hour. May have to add water as needed to keep it from drying out. Remove lid after 1 hour and continue cooking and stirring meat until water is cooked out and meat begins to brown a little more. Remove meat from skillet and add in the onion and bell pepper. Cook and stir for about 4 minutes and throw in the jalapenos and all of the meat. Place lid back on skillet and turn heat to low. Allow to sit covered for about 30 more minutes. Turn off heat and your taco meat is ready.
- fresh corn and flour tortillas
- fresh homemade hot sauce
- chopped white onions
- chopped cilantro
- chopped tomatoes
- chopped lettuce
- sliced limes
How to prepare the tacos:
Take some of the meat from skillet and place in another hot skillet. Cook and stir until well browned and a little crisp on edges (about 5 minutes or so).
Heat some tortillas on a dry skillet or comal over medium-high heat. Turn as needed until heated to your liking. Place some of the meat, cooked onions and peppers on a tortilla. Add any combination of the condiments listed to each taco. Top with some of the hot sauce and a squeeze of lime. Can serve the whole jalapenos alongside tacos.
Place to your lips and get your fingers out of the way, your mouth will know what to do!
Let everyone build their own tacos. I like to have cilantro, onion, hot sauce and lime on mine but as I said you can put whatever you want on them. We serve our tacos with some Mexican rice and refried beans on the side. Once again, I like an ice cold Mexican beer to wash this meal down! Heck I may have several of them Mexican beers!
I am sure you, your family and friends will enjoy these tacos as we do! As always, none of my recipes are written in stone so tweek them to your liking and remember to have fun!
Food is good! Long live the farmer! Long live the chef! Long live the stove!