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    CC Guest

    Default ? Recipe for taco meat

    Would someone share a good taco meat recipe
    all the commercial taco mixes are nothing but salt.
    and in my area of the east coast we don't have much
    here that is good southwest cooking or any good Mexican
    restaurants, Mostly here it's dog food with cheese. Taste wise anyway
    thanks

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    Chemiker Guest

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    On Sat, 14 Feb 2009 03:33:11 GMT, "CC"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Would someone share a good taco meat recipe
    >all the commercial taco mixes are nothing but salt.
    >and in my area of the east coast we don't have much
    >here that is good southwest cooking or any good Mexican
    >restaurants, Mostly here it's dog food with cheese. Taste wise anyway
    >thanks


    Start with lean beef, I use chuck, ground.
    Sautee in lard. Chopped onion. Transparent.
    Add: ground dried chili, mild. Ground cumin
    seed. A *bit* of salt, to taste. Maybe a little
    oregano, if you like. Some black pepper.
    That's it. The rest is personal preference.

    Alex, who puts a bit of garlic in his.

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    aem Guest

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    On Feb 13, 7:33*pm, "CC" <lampaddadothereligh...@att.net> wrote:
    > Would someone share a good taco meat recipe .....


    How about a simple version of carne asada? This recipe calls for
    sirloin, but it would certainly also work with skirt steak.

    Marinate meat for at least four hours, preferably longer.

    Carne Asada

    2 pounds flank steak
    Marinade:
    1/2 cup tequila
    1/4 cup lime juice
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    1/4 cup orange juice
    4 cloves garlic crushed
    1 medium onion chopped or grated/microplaned
    1 teaspoon black pepper
    optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

    Prepare coals for a hot grill. Grill meat over high heat to desired
    doneness--medium is probably normal for this, but a little less is
    better imho. Slice thinly against the grain. Include thinly sliced
    radishes and chopped cilantro with the various taco filling
    supplements. -aem



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    Mr. Bill Guest

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    On Sat, 14 Feb 2009 03:33:11 GMT, "CC"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Would someone share a good taco meat recipe


    Found this one years ago.... If you are sensitive to the salt,
    reduce amount but I have never found this too salty. I mix this up
    and just keep it in a jar until use. I add about 1-2 tablespoons to
    the water and proceed.

    @@@@@ Now You're Cooking! Export Format

    Lawry's Taco Spices And Seasoning

    Mexican

    8 tablespoon flour
    2 2/3 tablespoons chili powder
    2 2/3 tablespoons paprika
    2 tablespoons salt
    2 tablespoons minced onion
    1 1/3 tablespoons cumin
    2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    2 teaspoon garlic powder
    2 teaspoon sugar
    1 teaspoon pepper

    Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Add spices and seasonings and
    3/4
    cup water to 1 pound browned ground meat. Bring to boil, cook 7-10
    min.,
    stirring occasionally. Makes filling for 12 tacos (about 3 Tbs) each.

    Yield: 8 servings


    ** Exported from Now You're Cooking! v5.84 **



    The Fine Art of Cooking involves personal choice.
    Many preferences, ingredients, and procedures may not
    be consistent with what you know to be true.
    As with any recipe, you may find your personal
    intervention will be necessary. Bon Appétit!


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    CC Guest

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    "Mr. Bill" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Sat, 14 Feb 2009 03:33:11 GMT, "CC"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>Would someone share a good taco meat recipe

    >
    > Found this one years ago.... If you are sensitive to the salt,
    > reduce amount but I have never found this too salty. I mix this
    > up
    > and just keep it in a jar until use. I add about 1-2 tablespoons
    > to
    > the water and proceed.
    >
    > @@@@@ Now You're Cooking! Export Format
    >
    > Lawry's Taco Spices And Seasoning
    >
    > Mexican
    >
    > 8 tablespoon flour
    > 2 2/3 tablespoons chili powder
    > 2 2/3 tablespoons paprika
    > 2 tablespoons salt
    > 2 tablespoons minced onion
    > 1 1/3 tablespoons cumin
    > 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    > 2 teaspoon garlic powder
    > 2 teaspoon sugar
    > 1 teaspoon pepper
    >
    > Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Add spices and seasonings
    > and
    > 3/4
    > cup water to 1 pound browned ground meat. Bring to boil, cook 7-10
    > min.,
    > stirring occasionally. Makes filling for 12 tacos (about 3 Tbs)
    > each.
    >
    > Yield: 8 servings
    >
    >


    Thanks for the information everyone
    I will try one of them next time,
    The last I made were so salty, I threw most of them out
    Chuck


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    Sqwertz Guest

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    CC <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Would someone share a good taco meat recipe
    > all the commercial taco mixes are nothing but salt.
    > and in my area of the east coast we don't have much
    > here that is good southwest cooking or any good Mexican
    > restaurants, Mostly here it's dog food with cheese. Taste wise anyway
    > thanks


    Soak thinly sliced beef in orange and limes juice for a couple
    minutes, salt, pepper, then grill over very high heat.

    -sw

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    Goomba Guest

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    CC wrote:
    > Would someone share a good taco meat recipe
    > all the commercial taco mixes are nothing but salt.
    > and in my area of the east coast we don't have much
    > here that is good southwest cooking or any good Mexican
    > restaurants, Mostly here it's dog food with cheese. Taste wise anyway
    > thanks


    this is the recipe my family likes very much- I brown my ground beef,
    breaking it up as I go and drain any excess fat. Then I toss these
    spices in along with a good glug of water which I only add to help the
    spices distribute well. Then I cook the water off.


    * Exported from MasterCook *

    Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

    Recipe By :
    Serving Size : 1 Preparation Time :0:00
    Categories : Mexican Odds And Ends

    Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
    -------- ------------ --------------------------------
    1 tablespoon red chili powder
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon cumin powder
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon oregano
    2 teaspoons onion powder
    1 teaspoon sugar

    Combine all ingredients until well blended. Store in airtight container
    3 tablespoons of this to equal 1 1.25 oz. package of seasoning mix

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    Goomba Guest

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    Sqwertz wrote:

    > Soak thinly sliced beef in orange and limes juice for a couple
    > minutes, salt, pepper, then grill over very high heat.
    >
    > -sw


    These are good in soft tortillas-

    * Exported from MasterCook *

    Pork Fajitas

    Recipe By :
    Serving Size : 4 Preparation Time :0:00
    Categories : Main Dishes Mexican
    Pork & Ham

    Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
    -------- ------------ --------------------------------
    1 pound lean boneless pork -- sliced 1/8" thick
    2 cloves garlic -- minced
    1 teaspoon oragano
    1/2 teaspoon cumin
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons orange juice
    2 tablespoons vinegar
    1 tablespoon oil
    1 medium onion -- sliced
    1 green pepper -- sliced

    slice pork across grain into 1/8th inch strips. Marinate in garlic,
    oragano, cumin, salt, orange juice, vinegar and tobasco for 10 min.
    Heat heavy skillet REAL hot. Add oil and pork. Stir fry till no longer
    pink (3-5 min) with peppers and onions.

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    cybercat Guest

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    "CC"
    >
    > Thanks for the information everyone
    > I will try one of them next time,
    > The last I made were so salty, I threw most of them out


    I like yellow corn and just a little salsa for the peppers and heat in my
    taco meat, and a little tomato. I do the same things most of the others do,
    same spices, but always use fresh crushed garlic, and when the beef has
    simmered for at least an hour in the spices, I add just a little tomato (a
    squirt of ketchup will do) for tang and sweetness, then a hearty sprinkle of
    frozen corn and a couple of tablespoons of salsa.



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    CC Guest

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    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    newse1xffpmd2iv$.[email protected]..
    > CC <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Would someone share a good taco meat recipe
    >> all the commercial taco mixes are nothing but salt.
    >> and in my area of the east coast we don't have much
    >> here that is good southwest cooking or any good Mexican
    >> restaurants, Mostly here it's dog food with cheese. Taste wise
    >> anyway
    >> thanks

    >
    > Soak thinly sliced beef in orange and limes juice for a couple
    > minutes, salt, pepper, then grill over very high heat.
    >
    > -sw


    thanks sw,
    so is sliced beef or pork a better choice than
    ground beef? do you chop it up some after cooking
    like a Philly cheese steak, or just leave it in long strips
    like stir fry. Does the taco shells come apart when trying to bite
    off the strips of meat or do they come out tender enough
    to not have a problem
    CC


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    CC Guest

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    "Goomba" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Sqwertz wrote:
    >
    >> Soak thinly sliced beef in orange and limes juice for a couple
    >> minutes, salt, pepper, then grill over very high heat.
    >>
    >> -sw

    >
    > These are good in soft tortillas-
    >
    > * Exported from MasterCook *
    >
    > Pork Fajitas
    >
    > Recipe By :
    > Serving Size : 4 Preparation Time :0:00
    > Categories : Main Dishes Mexican
    > Pork & Ham
    >
    > Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
    > -------- ------------ --------------------------------
    > 1 pound lean boneless pork -- sliced 1/8" thick
    > 2 cloves garlic -- minced
    > 1 teaspoon oragano
    > 1/2 teaspoon cumin
    > 1 teaspoon salt
    > 2 tablespoons orange juice
    > 2 tablespoons vinegar
    > 1 tablespoon oil
    > 1 medium onion -- sliced
    > 1 green pepper -- sliced
    >
    > slice pork across grain into 1/8th inch strips. Marinate in garlic,
    > oragano, cumin, salt, orange juice, vinegar and tobasco for 10 min.
    > Heat heavy skillet REAL hot. Add oil and pork. Stir fry till no
    > longer pink (3-5 min) with peppers and onions.


    This sound really good too,
    I've seen some recipes calling for adding flour also
    But see that no one here is using It, What does the flour do for
    the mix, thicken it or make it stick together some?
    Or are they trying to imitate Taco Bell instead of being more
    authentic
    CC


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    Nan Guest

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    On Feb 14, 10:54*am, "CC" <lampaddadothereligh...@att.net> wrote:
    > "Sqwertz" <swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote in message
    >
    > newse1xffpmd2iv$.[email protected]..
    >
    > > CC <lampaddadothereligh...@att.net> wrote:

    >
    > >> Would someone share a good taco meat recipe
    > >> all the commercial taco mixes are nothing but salt.
    > >> and in my area of the east coast we don't have much
    > >> here that is good southwest cooking or any good Mexican
    > >> restaurants, Mostly here it's dog food with cheese. Taste wise
    > >> anyway
    > >> thanks

    >
    > > Soak thinly sliced beef in orange and limes juice for a couple
    > > minutes, salt, pepper, then grill over very high heat.

    >
    > > -sw

    >
    > thanks sw,
    > so is sliced beef or pork a better choice than
    > ground beef? do you chop it up some after cooking
    > like a Philly cheese steak, or just leave it in long strips
    > like stir fry. Does the taco shells come apart when trying to bite
    > off the strips of meat or do they come out tender enough
    > to not have a problem
    > CC


    Instead of flour I add a little, couple tablespns of Masa, and some
    Jalepeno, maybe 1 tsp to the meat mixture.
    Nan in De with no good south of the border restaurants either!!

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    cybercat Guest

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    "Nan" <[email protected]> wrote
    >Instead of flour I add a little, couple tablespns of Masa


    Yes, I have never heard of using flour in chili.



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    David Harmon Guest

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    On Fri, 13 Feb 2009 21:58:12 -0600 in rec.food.cooking, Chemiker
    <[email protected]> wrote,
    >Start with lean beef, I use chuck, ground.
    >Sautee in lard.


    IMO if you have to add lard to your ground beef, it was _too_ lean to
    begin with.


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    zxcvbob Guest

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    David Harmon wrote:
    > On Fri, 13 Feb 2009 21:58:12 -0600 in rec.food.cooking, Chemiker
    > <[email protected]> wrote,
    >> Start with lean beef, I use chuck, ground.
    >> Sautee in lard.

    >
    > IMO if you have to add lard to your ground beef, it was _too_ lean to
    > begin with.
    >



    I think the idea was to use extra lean meat to allow lard to be used
    because it tastes better.

    Bob

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    Dan Abel Guest

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    In article
    <XXqll.373252$[email protected]>,
    "CC" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Would someone share a good taco meat recipe


    Are you talking about the Good Old American taco, like you get at Taco
    Bell? I happen to like those, but don't try ordering them at a good
    Mexican restaurant, because they don't know much about making them. If
    they do have hamburger in the kitchen, it usually isn't very good.

    Take whatever leftover meat you have and stuff it in a tortilla. Add
    anything else you want. Eat.

    > all the commercial taco mixes are nothing but salt.


    I know people use them, but I don't see the point of a "taco mix". If
    you are going to fry up some hamburger to put in a taco, just put in
    whatever you want. For me, I add chili powder and diced onions. After
    the meat is cooked and the onions are translucent, I like to add a
    little water, cover and cook until the water is gone but the meat is
    moist. That's what *I* like. If you like more of some spice, feel free
    to add it. If you add a thickener like flour, then it will bind with
    the water and fat. I never do that but if you like it, then go for it.

    > and in my area of the east coast we don't have much
    > here that is good southwest cooking or any good Mexican
    > restaurants, Mostly here it's dog food with cheese. Taste wise anyway
    > thanks


    --
    Dan Abel
    Petaluma, California USA
    [email protected]

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    Dan Abel Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    Mr. Bill <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Sat, 14 Feb 2009 03:33:11 GMT, "CC"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >Would someone share a good taco meat recipe


    > Lawry's Taco Spices And Seasoning
    >
    > Mexican


    Not to be too critical, but let's analyze what's in here.

    > 8 tablespoon flour



    > 2 2/3 tablespoons chili powder


    Chili powder is a mixture of spices, mostly ground chile peppers.

    > 2 2/3 tablespoons paprika


    Paprika is a kind of mild ground chile pepper.

    > 2 tablespoons salt


    Many brands of chili powder have salt in them.

    > 2 tablespoons minced onion


    Many brands of chili powder have onion powder in them.

    > 1 1/3 tablespoons cumin


    Chili powder always has cumin in it.

    > 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


    Cayenne is a kind of hot ground chile pepper. Chili powders marked
    "hot" often contain cayenne.

    > 2 teaspoon garlic powder


    This is often an ingredient in chili powder.

    > 2 teaspoon sugar


    Never seen this in chili powder. I would just as soon skip it, but
    that's me.

    > 1 teaspoon pepper


    Never seen this one, either, but I usually add it to dishes myself.


    So, in summary, the above is chili powder with the ingredients for chili
    powder added. I'm sure it's fine, but why not just use more chili
    powder instead?

    --
    Dan Abel
    Petaluma, California USA
    [email protected]

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    Goomba Guest

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    CC wrote:

    > This sound really good too,
    > I've seen some recipes calling for adding flour also
    > But see that no one here is using It, What does the flour do for
    > the mix, thicken it or make it stick together some?
    > Or are they trying to imitate Taco Bell instead of being more authentic
    > CC


    I see no point in adding flour to the spices. I dont want them to "stick
    together", I want them to disburse in and around the meat to flavor it
    evenly.

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    Janet Bostwick Guest

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    Dan Abel wrote:
    > In article
    > <XXqll.373252$[email protected]>,
    > "CC" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Would someone share a good taco meat recipe

    >
    > Are you talking about the Good Old American taco, like you get at Taco
    > Bell? I happen to like those, but don't try ordering them at a good
    > Mexican restaurant, because they don't know much about making them.
    > If they do have hamburger in the kitchen, it usually isn't very good.
    >
    > Take whatever leftover meat you have and stuff it in a tortilla. Add
    > anything else you want. Eat.
    >
    >> all the commercial taco mixes are nothing but salt.

    >
    > I know people use them, but I don't see the point of a "taco mix". If
    > you are going to fry up some hamburger to put in a taco, just put in
    > whatever you want. For me, I add chili powder and diced onions.
    > After the meat is cooked and the onions are translucent, I like to
    > add a little water, cover and cook until the water is gone but the
    > meat is moist. That's what *I* like. If you like more of some
    > spice, feel free to add it. If you add a thickener like flour, then
    > it will bind with the water and fat. I never do that but if you like
    > it, then go for it.
    >
    >> and in my area of the east coast we don't have much
    >> here that is good southwest cooking or any good Mexican
    >> restaurants, Mostly here it's dog food with cheese. Taste wise anyway
    >> thanks

    >
    > --
    > Dan Abel
    > Petaluma, California USA
    > [email protected]


    I love to watch those cooking shows where the east coast cook wants to teach
    us how to make SW/Mexican food. A little basalmic vinegar, some Italian
    wine, anchovies, some high end steak, -- you get the idea. Rachel Ray is
    particularly bad at this. Let's face it. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas are
    all home cooking, sandwiches if you like. Traditionally they are the best
    way to feed the family on food produced locally. As with most frugal
    cooking, meat isn't the big main item. Beans, rice are big in SW cooking.
    And the use of peppers to flavor it all.
    Janet



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    CC Guest

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    "Janet Bostwick" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] m...
    > Dan Abel wrote:
    >> In article
    >> <XXqll.373252$[email protected]>,
    >> "CC" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Would someone share a good taco meat recipe

    >>
    >> Are you talking about the Good Old American taco, like you get at
    >> Taco
    >> Bell? I happen to like those, but don't try ordering them at a
    >> good
    >> Mexican restaurant, because they don't know much about making them.
    >> If they do have hamburger in the kitchen, it usually isn't very
    >> good.
    >>
    >> Take whatever leftover meat you have and stuff it in a tortilla.
    >> Add
    >> anything else you want. Eat.
    >>
    >>> all the commercial taco mixes are nothing but salt.

    >>
    >> I know people use them, but I don't see the point of a "taco mix".
    >> If
    >> you are going to fry up some hamburger to put in a taco, just put
    >> in
    >> whatever you want. For me, I add chili powder and diced onions.
    >> After the meat is cooked and the onions are translucent, I like to
    >> add a little water, cover and cook until the water is gone but the
    >> meat is moist. That's what *I* like. If you like more of some
    >> spice, feel free to add it. If you add a thickener like flour,
    >> then
    >> it will bind with the water and fat. I never do that but if you
    >> like
    >> it, then go for it.
    >>
    >>> and in my area of the east coast we don't have much
    >>> here that is good southwest cooking or any good Mexican
    >>> restaurants, Mostly here it's dog food with cheese. Taste wise
    >>> anyway
    >>> thanks

    >>
    >> --
    >> Dan Abel
    >> Petaluma, California USA
    >> [email protected]

    >
    > I love to watch those cooking shows where the east coast cook wants
    > to teach us how to make SW/Mexican food. A little basalmic vinegar,
    > some Italian wine, anchovies, some high end steak, -- you get the
    > idea. Rachel Ray is particularly bad at this. Let's face it.
    > Tacos, burritos, enchiladas are all home cooking, sandwiches if you
    > like. Traditionally they are the best way to feed the family on food
    > produced locally. As with most frugal cooking, meat isn't the big
    > main item. Beans, rice are big in SW cooking. And the use of
    > peppers to flavor it all.
    > Janet

    That is more what I wanted, something authentic to the SW instead of a
    fast food
    take on it. While spending a little time in Lamar and Trinidad
    Colorado I got to sample
    real SW cooking in various small restaurants there, Nothing on the
    east coast I have found
    compares at all with it. Same when I was working in Austin for a while
    also
    Nothing on the east coast compares
    CC


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