I know most of us are very familiar with the Crispy American Tacos, especially if you were a child of the 70s or 80s.  I know we had our fair share of them growing up, and not until I went to Mexico in my twenties did I experience a real taco.  My friend Evelyn makes these Crispy American Tacos for her kids and they go crazy over them.  I still remember the time, I was reintroduced while making dinner for MEM, and wow wasn’t that a pleasant surprise.  I really loved (and missed) this crispy taco.  There is just something wonderful about crispy taco shells stuffed with savory meat and melty cheese.

 

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When we recently visited our said friends in Barcelona, it never crossed my mind to bring them crispy taco shells.  Then Max posted a photo on Instagram of him receiving crispy shells, and he mentioned that he hadn’t had them since moving to Spain.  I was immediately taken back to the old house, MEM, and making tacos for them.  I missed the fun we would all have cooking this recipe together in the kitchen.  What did I do?  I ran out, grabbed the ingredients and here we are.  Max, these crispy tacos, are for you, and if you were here I’d invite you over for dinner.

When we recently visited our said friends in Barcelona, it never crossed my mind to bring them crispy taco shells.  Then Max posted a photo on Instagram of him receiving crispy shells, and he mentioned that he hadn’t had them since moving to Spain.  I was immediately taken back to the old house, MEM, and making tacos for them.  I missed the fun we would all have cooking this recipe together in the kitchen.  What did I do?  I ran out, grabbed the ingredients and here we are.  Max, these crispy tacos are for you, and if you were here I’d invite you over for dinner.

I kept this recipe simple, by using ground beef, that I seasoned with taco seasoning that is soon to launch from Just Cook Food.  We are huge fans of their seasoning line and use them very often.  The curry is a big favorite around here!  Back to the taco seasoning, it was pretty awesome to say the least.  It reminded me of a mild mole with the warm of cinnamon and a hint of cocoa along with the traditional spices used in taco seasoning.   Not fiery hot, just flavorful.  Max, I think you will be a big fan of it.  Along with well seasoned ground beef, I added some diced tomatoes to add some extra moisture while cooking.  The ground beef I used did not have a high fat content, so there was no need to drain the meat before seasoning.  If your ground beef is fatty, be sure to drain off some of the fat before seasoning.

This is a great weeknight meal, as Crispy American Tacos are super easy to make, even the kids can help.  Just whip up the ground beef, warm the crispy shells and then garnish with loads of grated cheddar cheese, lettuce and a little tomato.  Or as Max likes his Crispy American Tacos, with three dots of ketchup on the meat before adding the cheese.

 

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Recipe: Crispy American Tacos

** served 4 – 6 depending on how hungry your group is

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes with juices (from a can)
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • kosher salt to taste
  • crispy taco shells
  • shredded lettuce
  • diced tomatoes
  • grated cheddar cheese

How To:

  1. Crumble the ground beef into a large frying pan.  Over medium low heat cook for 5 minutes, stirring every so often.
  2. Add the diced tomatoes and the taco seasoning.  Continue cooking over medium low heat until cooked, about 5 – 8 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat, season with salt, and set aside.
  4. Preheat the crispy taco shells, according to the package directions.
  5. While the meat is cooking and the shells are heating, grate the cheese, shred the lettuce and dice the tomatoes, and place into small serving bowls.
  6. To serve, place some meat into the taco shell, cover with cheese, lettuce and tomato.
  7. Serve.
  8. Eat.

 

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