Growing up, we always loved Mom’s tacos. Part of reason we would request them so often is she used a secret ingredient to make them extra tasty. Well, maybe it isn’t so secret but it sure adds a lovely flavor to this very Americanized dish! The secret ingredient…..Parmesan!
8 corn tortilla shells
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 package taco mix (or your own spices)
1 1/2 pound ground beef
generous amounts of grated Parmesan such as Kraft®
garnishes: chopped tomato, lettuce, cilantro, cheese, sour cream, and left over chimichurri sauce (see post: 8/23/2010 for sauce)
Heat a tablespoon of oil in a saute pan over medium-low heat. Cook onion until soft. Add packet of taco seasoning and stir until fragrant. Add beef and cook until brown, drain fat. Pour in a cup of water and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Stir occasionally.
Meanwhile in a non-stick skillet add enough oil to submerge tortillas, about an inch, over medium heat. To determine your oil’s temperature, tear a small portion of an extra shell and place it in the heated oil. The torn tortilla should instantly simmer and begin cooking. When oil reaches temperature fry one tortilla at a time turning and folding into a taco shape. Drain each tortilla on a plate lined with paper towels and shake Parmesan all over the outside of the shells. Fill with beef and desired garnishes. ¡Sabrosos!