Sunday, September 27, 2009

Turkey Tacos

Turkey tacos are one of my families favorite dinners. They are easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. A dinner the whole family will enjoy. You can make them simple with just meat and cheese for the picky eater or go all out and load them up with all of the fresh/delicious garden veges.

Ok, the key to these amazing tacos is frying up your own corn tortillas. I know...I know....I know what your thinking. Its going to take way too much time. To be honest with you, the store bought crispy taco shells just don't have nearly the same taste and texture as frying them up yourself. If your in a time crunch, then yes, use the store bought prepared crispy taco shells. But, I got to tell you....the extra effort you put in preparing your own shells is so definitely worth it. Also, if there are any leftovers, you'll love them the next day for lunch!

Helpful Tip: If you know your day is going to be a busy one, then I would recommend you fry your tortillas up the night before and store them on the counter in a zip lock bag for dinner the next evening. The same goes for the veges.

Serving Size: 3-4 adults

Ingredients: 12 Corn tortillas, Oil (blended, canola, vegetable) for frying, aprox. 1 pound of ground lean turkey (may substitute with other lean ground meat of your choice i.e. beef or chicken), 1 package of taco seasoning mix ( I love the Taco Bell brand!), finely chopped fresh iceberg (or your choice) lettuce, chopped fresh tomatoes, finely shredded cheddar cheese (use the pre-shredded in bag to save time), sliced fresh avacado, and fresh cilantro, & mexican hot sauce (again, love the Taco Bell brand).

Preparation: Heat the oil on high. You know the oil is at the right temperature when you dip a raw tortilla in the oil and it sizzles. Very Important!!!!: Make sure your tortillas are not frozen when frying them or you and your kitchen will end up getting splattered with very hot oil. It's happened to me and needless to say, it was a very painful and frightening experience! The tortillas must be room temperature. grab 2 pairs of metal tongs and drop a tortilla in the hot oil. Let it fry on one side for about 30 seconds, flip it to the other side for same amount of time and then grab the tortilla and bend it in half (shape it like a taco) and continue to fry for a minute longer until their light golden brown. With practice you'll get the hang of it. Eventually, you will be able to fry two tacos at a time which cuts your frying time in half. It usually takes me about 10 minutes to fry 12 shells (2 at a time). Place the hot shells to cool on a pan lined with paper towels.

The meat is easy!! takes about 15 minutes to cook. place a about 1/4 cup of water in pan, add the raw turkey and cook through. Add taco seasoning packet and about a 1/2 cup of water and cook down untill sauce is thick and bubbly, not soupy.

Then, layer your tacos with meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, avacado, cilantro, and top off with taco sauce and serve.

Buon Appetito!!

P.S. Please feel free to contact me by email anytime: I would love to hear how you and your family enjoyed the tacos. : )

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