Start with 3 lbs. of ground beef. I have no suggestions for meat...I've done it all...grass-fed, 93/7, 80/20 (ick!), organic, ground turkey. It's all pretty much the same to us except for the 80/20! I like to break up the meat using 2 cups of water. I brown the meat in the water and drain it after.
After the meat is browned, I drain off all the excess liquid.
|I keep spaghetti sauce jars handy and use them as "grease" jars. I collect the grease, freeze it in the jar, and chuck it|
into the trash on Trash Day.
I then add 2 T. of flour to make the meat saucy with the spices. For those of you who are gluten-free or are trying to be, you can just skip this step.
Just mix up the flour and meat mixture and let it cook for a little bit so the flour gets a bit toasty on the meat.
Next you can add the spices. Here's what you've been waiting for!! I add...
2 T. chili powder
1 T. cumin
1/2 T. salt
1 T. minced garlic
If you are making the sauce using the rajas, you can just add about 1 cup of sauce to the meat and that should spice it up enough. If you are grinding your own spices like our mom used to, you would use...
1 T. whole cumin
3 cloves of garlic
Pulverize these using a mortar and pestle or a molcajete if you can get your hands on one. Add 1 T. water to the spices to make a nice little sauce before adding it to the meat. This is a molcajete...
| It is a small bowl and stone made from volcanic rock.|
A common item in every Mexican kitchen...except mine!
I have yet to add one of these to my collection of kitchen "gadgets." I'd like to get my mom's, but I have two sisters to fight in order to make that happen. Hee, hee!
Mix the spices right into the meat mixture and let it heat up for about 3 minutes.
Lastly, add a 1/2 cup of water to the meat and spices to make a nice, saucy taco meat mixture.
Now that you have the taco meat made, you can use it all week to make all of your non-turkey cravings...taco salads, tacos, nachos, enchiladas. I freeze what we don't use right away. But lately, I've just kept a container of taco meat in the fridge so the kids can make their own lunches or dinners. Especially on a week like this one, it's nice to have some easy things in the fridge that you can throw together for yourself quickly. I love to make taco salads using our home-canned salsa. I wish I had a pic of that, but oops...I ate it!