Friday, August 15, 2008

Mmmm... tacos!

Tomorrow is my class reunion (10 years!) and I will probably be busy the majority of the weekend. SO... I thought I would share with you a really easy and tasty recipe, perfect for having friends over. A lot of the "mom 'n' pop" diners around here sell homemade fried soft tacos, and they are always a hit. Not sure if it is a regional thing. Does anyone else enjoy these type of tacos? They look hard to make, but they are super-duper easy! Recipe courtesy of my SIL, who gave it to me during my bridal shower recipe drive :-)

Homemade Soft Tacos
4 cups flour
2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp shortening
1 1/2 cups warm water

Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl. Cut in shortening with a knife or pastry blender into in small pieces. Knead in warm water. Once a dough has formed, cover and let sit for 10 minutes.
Prepare your favorite seasoned taco meat. (For a whole recipe, you will need about 2 lbs of meat. For our family of 2 adults/2 kids, I usually halve the recipe and use 1 lb of taco meat, and there is plenty for all!).
Roll pieces of the dough into circles approx. 5-6 inches in diameter (or whatever size you want, really). Heap some of the taco meat down the center of the dough circle. Moisten the edges of the dough, fold in half over the meat, and seal. The tines of a fork or your fingers work well for this.
Gently transfer to a pan hot vegetable oil, and fry on each side until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.... then enjoy! Gently pry the taco open where you sealed it shut, and stuff in cheese, veggies, sauce, etc!
I went out to Wal-Mart today for a quick second, and accidentally found that they had put these adorable mini-frames on clearance! I have always loved the oval ones, but never bought any. So, at $1 I bought all 7 of them. I think they would make a cute little cluster of family photos, or they would be nice to frame an embroidered or felted do-dad. Even though super tiny, they have the little "leg" to sit on a table, or the flappy thing to hang them on the wall.

These little fancy silver, scrolly frames were also $1... I picked up a couple for a nerdy purpose.
More about that later ☺

Have a GREAT weekend, everyone!
Ps to Nikki...I hope you mean you got the bear print you wanted!


Kevin said...

Yum, I'll definitely be trying those tacos in the near future! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Aim said...

Oh, ho....I had totally forgotten about those yummy deep fried suckas I got when in school in Oklahoma...thanks so much for that recipe!