Crispy American Tacos

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.

 

Crispy American Tacos  |  Chez Us

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. I basically grew up on these as well, and my sons would love these. Especially with the seasoning. Can’t wait to try them, especially on a warm summer night. Thanks!

  2. No lie, I am a HUGE fan of a crispy taco. It’s like my go to happy place. I don’t think I had real tacos until much later either…but I do sneak me a kit or two home when I need a quick go to. I am totally going to have to try these from scratch!

  3. I can never get enough crispy taco shells. My boys still ask for them weekly, and my husband is particularly partial. And only shredded ice berg lettuce will do for him. Something’s are never meant to be replaced… Love your version Denise!!

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