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Old 08-03-2014, 05:21 PM   #1
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Was craving some Mexican. This is by no means authentic, but it turned out really good, so I figured I better post the recipe before I forget how I made it. All measurements are approximate.

1 lb ground beef (I used chuck)
1/4 cup or more McCormick's Taco seasoning
1 c water
1 T ground cayenne pepper (optional)
1/2 c chopped green pepper
1 pkt Sauzon (optional)
2 T tomato paste (I used the stuff in a tube)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained (can used any beans)
1 T epazote (optional)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn kernals

Brown burger, add chopped peppers, drain. Add taco seasoning (I was going to make my own, then I rediscovered the McCormick's in the fridge!) and water. Dump in beans, smush a bit, then add additional cayenne if you want more heat. Add whatever is left, cook on medium low until it's the texture you want. Might need a bit more water.

We've been eating it out of the pan, but the plan was to serve with Tostitos, sliced green onions, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, shredded cheddar and salsa. Black olives would be good too. We're out of lettuce, but it would make a nice taco salad.
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:47 AM   #2
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What is "Sauzon "?
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:59 AM   #3
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I misspelled it, it's Sazon. A Mexican seasoning, mine has MSG, annatto, cumin and coriander. It adds a little something, but you can leave it out.Click image for larger version

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Old 08-04-2014, 02:45 PM   #4
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My wifey will not eat beef of any kind so our taco meat consists of 3 different types:

1) Ground Turkey which we simply add generous amounts of S&P, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and chopped onion.
2) Fish, either Tilapia or Mahi Mahi. That is simple as well with just 3 ingredients: lime juice, garlic salt, and chili powder, sautéed in olive oil.
3) Pork, thin-sliced with just about the same spices/ingredients as we put into our ground turkey.

The condiments are the usual taco fare: shredded sharp cheddar, chopped romaine or kale, chopped tomatoes, avocado slices and generous amounts of Cholula or Tabasco Jalapeno hot sauce over the top.
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My wifey will not eat beef of any kind ...

I do not like it either.
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:46 PM   #6
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What about Carne Asada?

In a blend or food processor combine until smooth:

Juice of- 1 lime, 1 lemon, 1 orange (or 1/2 C. OJ)
2 Tbsp. Chili powder
1 1/2 Tbsp. dried Oregano
2 Tbsp. ground Cumin
1 1/2 tsp. crushed Coriander seeds
5 Garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/4 C. Soy sauce
2 Jalapenos, sliced
1 Medium onion, diced

Pour into a large zip-top bag, along with 4 lbs. of Flank Steak (or Chicken or Pork, or combo of all).
Marinade for 36-72 hours
Grill/broil to desired doneness

This meat makes for a terrific Taco Salad using Salsa as a dressing

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Old 08-04-2014, 07:50 PM   #7
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I used some taco meat in the enchilladas I made tonight. Yum!

I also use it as a base for chili or with a side of mac & cheese. With the mac & cheese, I don't mix them together because then the flavors end up blurred. It's much nicer with some of each in the bowl to mix as you go.
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We had taco salads for lunch again today, bought lettuce. I really like this meat mixture. I have very little left!
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Dawg, that sounds really good. I could go for that in tacos, burritos, taco salads....or nibble at it plain like you did. Thanks for sharing!
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We had taco salads for lunch again today, bought lettuce. I really like this meat mixture. I have very little left!
I like mine too. I usually make it twice a month. Can't get enough!

I use a taco spice packet, but instead of water, I just add a can of petite diced tomatoes, and sometimes another can of Rotel too.

I include a whole diced onion to extend the mixture, simmering it in water with the crumbled ground meat on top. This helps to get rid of the extra fat when I drain the meat and onion mixture.
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