Mom’s Tasty Tacos

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!

serves 4

8 corn tortilla shells

vegetable oil

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!

onions and spices

secret ingredient - parmesan!


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