Saturday, April 16, 2011

Not Your Average Tacos

Sometimes it's the garnishes that can make the ordinary extraordinary.  The creamy avocado and the fresh ripened tomatoes add so much flavor to these otherwise average tacos.  And let's not forget to give credit to my favorite part, the lime-infused sour cream.  Wow.  What a difference that makes.  So, just because it's taco night doesn't mean that it has to be the same taco night as usual.  Play around with the fixings.  You may be surprised at what your favorite combination may be.

1 lb. of 80/20 ground beef
1 pkg. of taco seasoning
3/4 cup of water
1 avocado (peeled/ chopped)
1 Roma tomato (chopped)
shredded mild cheddar cheese
1 cup of sour cream
juice from 1 lime
12 hard taco shells

-Preheat oven to 350*.  In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, brown the beef and then drain off the grease (I save old pickle/ jam jars for my grease).  Add in the seasoning packet and water; bring to a boil then reduce heat to low.  Meanwhile, bake the shells off on a cookie sheet for 5 minutes.  In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream and fresh squeezed lime juice.  Assemble tacos with a little meat, some cheese, some avocado, some tomatoes and a dollop of sour cream.  Serve it along with some fresh chopped cantaloupe sprinkled with some sea salt and cilantro.  Serves 4.  Enjoy!

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