Originally Posted by Greg Who Cooks
One reason I often skip the cheese on my tacos is because I'm a real cheese lover and I often snack on cheese before dinner (with a glass of wine) so by dinner time I've already had enough cheese.
I think most of us agree that all the meat (shredded or chunk) alternatives are better than ground meat.
For an authentic taco, you are absolutely correct. However, my MIL made this strange taco for her family, that I was introduced to when I married my DW. Before you turn up your nose at it, as it is severly americanized, Play the flavors around in your head. You might even give it a try. IMHO, they are delicious. Here's how you make them.
Fresh corn tortillas
1 lb. ground beef, browned and seasoned (we simply salt ours)
2 fresh tomatoes, diced
1 onion, diced
2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
Velveeta Cheese product
2 fresh avocados
1 tsp. minced cilantro
1 tsp. lime juice
Your favorite hot sauce
1 bottle ketchup
1/4 cup cooking oil
Set up your taco station by placing the tomatoes, onion, lettuce, and ground beef into separate bowls and placing on the table
Cut a 1/4 inch of Velveeta cheese, and then cut the slice into 4 equal strips. Remove the avocado flesh into a bowl and mash with 1 tbs diced onion, 1 tbs. dice tomato, a splash of hot sauce, the cilantro, and lime juice, to make guacamole.
Heat the oil in a ten inch pan over medium heat until fragrant. Place a tbs. or so of the ground beef onto the middle of a tortilla, along with a strip of cheese. Place in the hot oil for about five seconds, and then fold in half with tongs or a spatula. Fry for another five seconds, and turn to the other side just long enough to slide your spatula underneath. Remove from hot oil and place on paper towels to drain. Place the tacos into a large pan, vertically, until you have enough tacos made for everyone. Let everyone add the other ingredients as they choose.
I use Sriracha and Tabasco sauce on my tacos, when I make them this way, along with ketchup. I know that these are not normal tacos, but again, I have to say, they are sure tasty.
Oh, and my DW likes sour cream on hers as well. Just ask Sprout, and P.A.G. how they taste. They'll agree with my assessment. I still love my carne asada tacos, but these will do when I get the craving.
Seeeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North