4.08.2014

California Tacos

My parents lived in San Diego, California when they were younger.  They eventually moved back to Oklahoma after they were married but they brought California Tacos with them!  Yumm!
Recipe for Yummy California Tacos!  I haven't seen tacos made this way anywhere else
I have visited California often and traveled many other places but I have never seen tacos made like this anywhere. They were named California tacos simply because that is where the recipe originally came from.  I know you can cut the calories maybe by using the baked hard shells but they just do not taste the same.  You really do miss out if you don't have them the original way.  I have started using coconut oil to fry the shells in.  It doesn't change the taste and gives my family a nice dose of good fats.

California Tacos & Mild Salsa

1 lb Hamburger
1 Can Refried Beans
1 Pkg Lawry's Taco Seasoning (my favorite brand for this recipe)
Corn Tortillas
Cooking Oil
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
1 Can Diced Green Chilies

Optional:

1 Bunch Fresh Green Onions
Fresh Cilantro
Lettuce
Grated Cheese
Sour Cream

In Skillet, brown hamburger and drain.  After drained, stir in taco seasoning.  Next add refried beans.  Mix well.  I like to prepare a plate with several paper towels to absorb excess oil for shells at this point.  Add oil to another skillet and put on medium high heat.  When oil is hot but not smoking, I begin to fry corn tortillas. I like my shells soft so I put the shell in the oil on one side, let it cook about a minute or so and then flip to the other side for the same amount of time, I then lift out and place on the paper towel to drain.  My husband likes his shells cooked a bit more so I cook his on each side about 3 minutes and I fold the shell after the first side. Then I cook both sides of the folded shell about 2 or 3  minutes.  When done, I place each on the paper towels to drain.  

I let each family member fill their own tacos with the items they like and we enjoy!

Really Mild Salsa:

In bowl I dump the canned tomatoes, green chilies, chopped Green onion (all the parts except roots) and snip off some of the cilantro with scissors.  I let this sit while I am cooking the other things.  You can heat this up with Jalapenos if you like.


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