The Gluten Bigot: For the Love of Tacos!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

For the Love of Tacos!

If you have been following me for a while, you may have noticed I have a major food crush on tacos. These are one of my most favorite foods and one item I never seem to tire  of. I decided to get outside of my taco seasoning comfort zone and made my own, which turned out really well. Assembling the sauce/seasoning from scratch has the benefit of controlling how much seasoning and of what you are putting in. 

To make you'll need: 
  • 1 lbs of ground turkey (or beef)
  • half an onion
  • 4 sweet peppers
  • 1/4-1/2 cup tomato sauce (I made my own)
  • Seasoning: Salt, pepper, chipotle pepper, cumin, tumeric, hot peppers, parsley, etc.
  • Gluten free soft corn tortillas
  • Carrot
  • Cheese
  • Salsa of your choice

Start by chopping up and cooking the onion and peppers over a medium-high heat. Then add the ground meat and tomato sauce and mix/chop. While it is cooking, add the seasoning according to your preferences (I encourage free styling here to make tacos to your taste).

Once the meat is browned, I usually drop the heat to medium or medium low to let it simmer a bit. At this point I start preparing a few other items that go with the tacos. 
Typically at this point I grate some cheese using the large slots on my grater, then carrot using the small slots. My preferred serving is 'build your own' so I put these into small bowls and put onto the dinner table. I also put some salsa out (this time I just opened the jar, not very fancy).

Finally, warm up the tortillas. Over medium-low heat, warm each tortilla about one minute on each side. Put the meat into a bowl, tortillas onto a plate and serve right away!

This is a fantastic easy dinner. And side note, I tried the salsa from the Brooklyn Salsa Company and it was fantastic. I had the mild one, the color was a bit off putting but the taste was fantastic. If you buy jarred salsa instead of making your own (as I do) I definitely recommend. 

When you make tacos at home do you prefer the hard shell or soft shell? What do you like to put in yours?

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