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Authentic Mexican Tacos

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ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   8

recipe id: 110098
cook method: stovetop

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1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed, optional
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 cups diced tomatoes
1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup lettuce, shredded

Taco Shells

1 1/2 cup cold water
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
vegetable oil (for frying)


For Taco Shells: Heat skillet over medium heat until hot (add a little oil if necessary.)

Beat water, flour, cornmeal, salt, and egg with beater until smooth. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into the skillet; rotate skillet until batter forms a thin tortilla (6 inches.) Cook until dry around the edge, about 2 minutes. Turn and cook other side for about 2 minutes.

In a medium saucepan add oil (about 1 inch.) Heat until about 375 degrees F. Put tortilla into oil. Fold tortilla in half with tongs and hold so there is about a 1-inch gap. Fry turning occasionally until crisp and golden brown. Drain on paper towel.

For Filling: Brown together ground beef, onion and garlic in a heavy frying pan over medium heat, stirring until meat loses its pinkness. Add salt and chili powder, blend everything well.

Spoon about 1/4 cup hamburger mixture into each shell. Top with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese.

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320 calories, 18 grams fat, 22 grams carbohydrates, 17 grams protein per serving.
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