My Dad’s Famous Tacos

This is the coveted recipe from my Dad’s side of the family – and it was the thing I always requested when I was home for vacations from college (much to my Mother’s chagrin.) These are the best tacos you will ever have, and probably the least healthy tacos you will ever have. But, as John Travolta says in Pulp Fiction, “it’s gooooood.” The key to these tacos is you must put all the ingredients in the taco in the order given – no substitutions. NO SUBSTITUTIONS!

TIFF’S DAD’S TACOS (serves 4)

1 lb. ground beef
1 can hot chili beans
2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 head of iceburg lettuce, chopped
3 large tomaotes, diced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 pkg. 8 inch corn tortillas
vegetable oil
lots of paper towels

Brown ground beef in hot skillet, add salt to taste. Drain and keep warm. Warm can of hot chili beans in small saucepan, set aside and keep warm.

Pour vegetable oil in large skillet until about 1 inch deep. Heat oil over medium high heat until good and hot, using two knives or heatproof tongs, place one or two corn tortillas in hot oil for a few seconds until they bubble up, turn over and do the same to the other side. (Do not over fry – they are not supposed to be hard, just in the oil for a few seconds on each side) Place on paper towels to drain, two at a time, place new paper towel over top and continue stacking in this manner until all tortillas are fried.

Place lettuce, tomato, cheese, beans (do not drain beans), onion and beef in separate bowls on the table. Below is the proper order for the taco – NO CHANGES!

1. Place tortila on your plate
2. Add a few spoonfuls of salted ground beef
3. Add some cheese
4. Add some beans w/ a little sauce from the beans
5. Lettuce
6. Tomato
7. Onion
8. Few shakes of salt

Roll and eat – they are very messy and you will lose some of the filliing along the way, but the best part is eating the leftover on your plate with a fork. No hot sauce, sour cream, taco mix or other condiments are allowed. Try it, I guarantee you will love them. Tell them you got the recipe from my dad. 🙂

I will post a picture of them next time I make them.

4 thoughts on “My Dad’s Famous Tacos

  1. I give yer dad a ton of credit for making something that takes more work that turning on the gas grill and proceeding to flip steaks/burgers/etc. They sound super-good, but there’s no way I would ever actually heat up a pan of cooking oil. That’s like…work.

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