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Taco's Tonight!

Updated on August 7, 2013
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Taco's are great for any occasion or situation. They can be served as a main dish or a side dish. Kids always enjoy taco's because they get to create it any way they like. Everyone seems to have their own favorite topping for their taco's that they look forward to, so be sure to offer a rich variety of accompaniments. Traditional toppings include:

  • Grated Cheese*
  • Lettuce*
  • Tomatoe
  • Sour Cream
  • Olives
  • Salsa

I get everyone involved with chopping, slicing and dicing the various accompaniments. That's what is going to take the most time, prepping the toppings.

*Nutritional stats based on a taco with these items plus beef.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 2 tacos per person

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Hamburger, crumbled
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning
  • 1 package Taco Shells
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup Lettuce, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, finely chopped
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Start the hamburger first.While the hamburger is browning start the oil for the shells.  Stacking keeps them open.Put them in a tray with a paper towel at the bottom to catch drippings.
Start the hamburger first.
Start the hamburger first.
While the hamburger is browning start the oil for the shells.  Stacking keeps them open.
While the hamburger is browning start the oil for the shells. Stacking keeps them open.
Put them in a tray with a paper towel at the bottom to catch drippings.
Put them in a tray with a paper towel at the bottom to catch drippings.
  1. Do all your prep work first and put it in the refrigerator until dinner is served. Prep time is about twenty minutes if that. Brown your hamburger and add taco seasoning following the directions on the packet. It usually says add water and simmer. (see photo) So, when the meat is browning and simmering put a pan with oil on the stove over medium heat.
  2. (Fire safety section: Use caution with the oil, it will burn if it contacts your skin. If, for some unknown phenomenon occurs and you have a grease fire, do not put water on it, no, no, no. Use a fire extinguisher or bury the flames in flour. Enough said, back to the taco's :))
  3. Take a taco shell and lay it in the pan of hot oil. It should bubble gently. If you have spitting grease and popping, it's too hot, turn it down. Fold the shell in half. Lay another shell in the pan and fold it in half so it over laps the first one just a bit. This shell line makes the shell stay open during the cooking process. Continue lying shells in this manner until you have several. (refer to photo) When the first shell in the pan is browned, slide it out of the shell line and remove it (allowing the hot oil to drip back into the pan), then spoon about two tablespoons of the hamburger into it. Set on paper towels to collect excess oil. (see photo) When all of your taco's are done, set out the accompaniments and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 tacos
Calories 442
Calories from Fat225
% Daily Value *
Fat 25 g38%
Saturated fat 7 g35%
Carbohydrates 32 g11%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 21 g42%
Cholesterol 62 mg21%
Sodium 924 mg39%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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