Meet my mom, Laurie:
It always seemed it was a dark evening in winter or fall when my mother would make tacos. If not fall then at 11 pm in the summer when us three kids were asking her again what was for the second dinner. The tacos were never anything fancy but there was something about them that has stuck with me. I learned recently, after 24 years of eating tacos with my mom, that she learned to make them that way from her mom, Carmen Nevada Walker. Carmen left home a little earlier than most in life. She ended up befriending a Mexican family who taught her how to make tacos this way. Somehow I have taken for granted the earthy beauty of my ancestry. They really still give me everything I am, even the things I eat. I had no idea I was eating tacos that have no-doubt been handed down for generations.
Now you get them too!
You’re going to need:
- Corn Tortillas
- Ground Beef (depending on how many you’re cooking for, but a pound is usually good)
- Tomatoes (1-2)
- Sweet Onion
- Cheese, shredded
- Salt and Pepper and Garlic to taste
Chop the onion and tomatoes according to taste. I always chop mine pretty small.
Shred the cheese if you don’t have pre-shredded cheese. At home my cheese normally comes from the block and for some reason my pre-shredded cheese just wasn’t the same this time around. Go figure.
Brown the meat
Here I would like you to stay away from all taco seasoning. Just don’t. Salt is perfect.
After the meat is browned fry the tortillas in the leftover meat fat. If this makes you cringe fry the tacos in vegetable oil. If that still makes you cringe, you can always skip the oil and toast them in a pan, but don’t come crying to me when your taco isn’t as good as the Mexican family that taught my grandmother intended it to be.
Once you have everything browned, chopped, and fried put some meat on the tortilla, add some cheese, put a healthy amount of tomatoes and onions and maybe some salsa if you’re feeling adventurous and there you have it folks!
Another thing, if you want authenticity you better have this dish with grape kool-aid. That was a crowd favorite for my mother growing up. It was always pork chops, macaroni and cheese, applesauce, and grape kool-aid. Add tacos and grape kool-aid to the list as well.