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Gringo Tacos (for the enjoyment of Epigramman and others)

Updated on January 10, 2013
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.

At the request of one of the best Hubbers I know, Epigramman, here is my recipe for gringo tacos. If you're not following Epigramman, you should be.

Gringo Tacos: an Introduction

My family is very white. My mom's side is English and my dad's side, Scottish and Dutch. It's hard to get much whiter then our family. But, we grew up eating tacos, although, not with the more traditional carne asada, pork and little tiny corn tortillas. I did not discover those joys until later in life. We ate what I now call "Gringo tacos." Essentially, they are hamburgers in a bun. It's a very tasty and simple recipe. I hope you enjoy it.

*please note, you can substitute ground beef for beans If you're not a carnivorous person.



four organic roma tomatoes

1/2 large organic white onion

slice of organic lemon

tsp kosher or sea salt

tbsp honey

tbsp organic cilantro (whole leave)

1/4 jalapeno (more or less to taste)

1/4 garlic clove


Garlic powder

lawry's seasoning salt

(these are both in equal amounts, enough to cver the meat and/or beans)


1 lb free range ground beef and/or two cans of refried beans

1/2 large white organic onion

shredded organic head lettuce

diced organic hot house tomato

chopped olives

Tillamook sour cream


grated Tillamook cheddar or Mexican mix cheese

flour tortillas

Making Salsa

This is quick and easy if you have a food processor, but, if you don't, you cans till do it. Just remember, knives are sharp! Use a cutting board, preferably a plastic one if you want to minimize clean up. The following instructions apply if you're using the food processor. if you're not, just dice everything as much as you desire and stir well.

1. Slice each tomato into quarters. Place in food processor and dice to desired consistency(. For thicker salsa, drain tomato juice after dicing) . Remove tomatoes and place them in a bowl.

2. Slice onion half in half and put in processor along with cilantro leaves, jalapeno (you can also use a serrano), garlic clove, salt and honey. Mix well in processor to desired consistency.

3. Remove and add to the tomatoes, squeeze lemon juice and mix well.

Making Seasoning

There is no specific recipe for this, but i just use equal amounts of Garlic powder and Lawry's seasoning salt, mixed together. Use whatever amount you'd like, depending on how seasoned you want your beans and meat. If you're super lazy, you can buy Lawry's taco seasoning nad just use 1/2 -1 package

Making Tacos

1. chop onion and throw in frying pan with ground beef and/or beans.

2. While this is heating, take another frying pan and heat oil.

3. While this is cooking, shred lettuce, dice tomatoes, chop olives.

4. Drain meat, and seasoning and mix well.

5. Toss a couple tortillas in hot oil, shape and cook to desired consistency, remove and dab.

6. I layer my tacos as such: ketchup, beef, cheese, salsa, ketchup, lettuce, olives, sour cream.

7. I then eat and enjoy.

8. He who cooks gets the night off from dishes. it's science

Thanks for Reading.

Thanks for Reading.

PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is an author with Sweatshoppe Publications, which will soon re-release his poetry collection, Digging to China. Additionally, the managing editor at eFiction horror and The New Bridge online newspaper.. Husband to Andrea, father to two dogs. fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth. He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review, eFiction Humor, and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!


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    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Cyndi, let me know what he thinks :-)

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Lathing, we are blonde haired blue eyed German.Dutch/English with a little Scottish thrown in. This is a very white... and very tasty... recipe!

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks for the votes and the shares, Janine. These are a staple around here... at least once a month :-)

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Clever recipe. Since my son likes to fix tacos, I'll pass this version to him. I'll try it when he fixes it. Thanks!

    • LaThing profile image


      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This is a wonderful recipe.... As white as it can get!! :) Your family sounds like my husband's family - but English/German - blue eyes/ blonde, instead of green eyes/red hair....... But all my kids have my dark eyes, lol

      This is an awesome recipe will be trying it.... thanks!

    • Janine Huldie profile image

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Love, love tacos and have pinned your take on them to try very soon. These do sound yummy and now making me crave Tacos!! Have also voted and shared too.

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      ped, you should certainly try that. It makes a huge difference!

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      6 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      This is a great recipe. I have never made my own salsa or cooked the tortillas! I will try these ideas next time I have tacos. Thanks for sharing!

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      sunshine, I will not have you hold me responsible for any weigh gain :-) Try these. let me know how you like them.

      Tara, let me know how you like them! Thanks for stopping by!

    • tarajeyaram profile image


      6 years ago from Wonderland

      Awesome. I am going to try to make some. Thanks for sharing this. Mexican food are awesome.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Now I need to eat tacos. This is why I can't read recipe hubs they make me gain weight by reading them! Hahaha! Thanks for sharing your recipe Justin!:)

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Let me know how you like it, Vicky!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Then I will try it!

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      you wouldn't want ketchup on tacos with traditional carne asada, steak or chicken, but, on ground beef, it's divine

    • Victoria Lynn profile image

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Sounds great! and I love ketchup, tacos??? Really? If you say it's good that way, I'll have to try it since I am a ketchup lover. This looks great. Bookmarking!

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      7 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      it's a good recipe to like :-) of course I'm sharing. what's the point of cooking if you're not going to share? Enjoy!

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      7 years ago

      Of course! I share what I like... I know a lot of people who'd love that recipe...and since you're sharing... hahaha

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      7 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      goego, yes, gringo!

      jinny- it is and I love ketchup. Thanks for the mention on facebook!

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      7 years ago

      Wow this sounds seriously good! Haha couldn't help but notice you add ketchup twice! Very practical and fun idea to share with family or friends...

    • goego profile image


      7 years ago from Loserland

      aaahhh gringo

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      7 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      It's a good rule, Dew and it is quite yummy and filling :-)

    • Dewette profile image


      7 years ago from NV

      Sounds yummy! And BTW, the rule is the same in my cook=no cleanup :)

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      7 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      habee, that's a standard rule that should be appreciated everywhere. Cooking is hard work, no matter how easy the recipe!

      Sue it is. You are very welcome. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      7 years ago

      Sound yummy and easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

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      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Love your rule about cooking and not having to clean! Great recipe and voted up!

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      7 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Eidwwen, thanks and you're welcome

      Just History- it's a mandatory part of all my recipes. It's the way things should be. Check out my other recipes. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Just History 

      7 years ago from England

      I love the bit about he who cooks get the night off from the dishes- wish it applied in our house, i would laways be off

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Mmmmsoubs delicious so thank you for shraing and here's to many many more.

      Take care


    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      7 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      missolive. Thanks for the bio. Can I one up you on the family history? we came over from the Netherlands on the mayflower. we were pilgrims. Dad's said, at least.

      Thanks for reading. hope you enjoy this recipe!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      7 years ago from Texas

      I was headed over to your poetry hubs, but I had to stop and read about gringo tacos. These do sound great! I'll have to give this recipe a try.

      My Dad was a GRINGO and a self proclaimed Tejano (Texan) He was actually from the Buckeye State - Ohio. My mom is from Mexico and that makes me a true blue Mexican American. I have lineage to the American Revolution and God only knows what my ancestors where up to South of the Border - lol. Well, didn't mean to offer such a long bio - just found this to be an interesting connection. Thanks for the recipe!

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      7 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      @ Uban- you should. it's fairly healthy and very delicious.

      @ always exploring- No problem. Let me know if you try it.

      @ Epi- That's a great album. Good choice. Thanks for sharing and let me know how this recipe works out for you! have you done a hub on honey garlic chili?

      @ Gypsy- How'd it turn out? I don't mind reading while hungry, it's shopping while hungry that will get me in trouble!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for the recipe sounds so good it's something someone who's hungry like me shouldn't read before eating. Will have to try it soon. Off to the kitchen.

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      7 years ago

      ...well it's a honor and a thrill Sir Karaoke Guy and this will be posted to my Facebook page with a direct link back here so we can both encourage a nation of taco eaters - love your wit and charm in the introduction - and this is a hall of fame recipe hub if there ever was one - I make some pretty good HONEY GARLIC chili - with liquid honey and raw chopped garlic and tomato sauce, chili seasoning, chick peas, corn, red kidney beans, romano beans and be liberal with the hot sauce while cooking it.

      lake erie time 11:40pm

      currently listening to one of Rick Rubin's classics with his production of a latter day Johnny Cash album - When the Man comes around ......

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Sounds good to me. I love tacos..Thank's for sharing.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      Without doubt, i applaud your wonderful effort. Maybe, i will steal-the-show by cooking this in one of our family dinners. Be blessed

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      7 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Movie Master- it is easy, and makes great left overs.

      Will- my ex wife is Latina. I got lots of good Mexican food. She never appreciated the gringo tacos. Glad your wife does!

      thank u both for the reads and the comments!

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      My wife is Latina, and my elderly mother-in-law, who lives with us, is (or was) a superb Mexican cook. In fact, Barry Goldwater used to send his airplane to Flagstaff each Christmas to pick up a few dozen of her tamales.

      She got a real kick out of your taco recipe, and even said that it sounds good!

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Your Gringo Tacos sound so scrummy, nice and easy to make, this is a recipe for me!

      Many thanks for sharing.


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