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Jarhead
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26 12 4:27 am    Post subject: Taco Salad Rocks Reply with quote

I love these things. Too pricy at TB for me. So, I'll just make my own. Smile
Made up some of my favorite Taco Seasoning, they can keep that $1 package.
Got some new toys in to try out. I got 2 sets. Just in case Troy wants to borrow one for R&D.



I ended up making 5 individual batches. Here's one in the process.



Shells out of the oven. Gotta think healthy here.



Shredded and chopped up the veggies and cheese. And commenced to build it.



I had planned on a better money shot, but I was hungry.



This Taco Seasoning may be used to flavor other Mexican-style dishes, such as burritos, tostadas, empanadas, or fajitas.
I'm posting this just for those of you who are too cheap to buy those over priced packets of taco flavoring mix.

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons chili powder
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 Tablespoon ground cumin seed
1 Tablespoon sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
1/8 teaspoon ground red cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons black pepper

In a small mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients.
Pour into clean glass jar with screw-on cap.
Shake vigorously to distribute the herbs and spices.
Use about 2 tablespoons of this Taco Seasoning for each pound of meat. I used beer for liquid. 1/2 for the meat and 1/2 for the cook.
Label your jar of leftover Taco Seasoning and save it with your spices.

I layered the shell as follows:
Refried Beans
Taco Meat
A little shredded cheese
Rooster sauce
Shredded lettuce
Chopped onions
Diced tomatoes
More cheese
More Rooster sauce.

Beats the he!! out of that TB place.
Enjoy and thanks for lookin'
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26 12 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

John, looking good brother. Very Happy
Are those the same tins I keep seeing on TV, but can't figure if they work or not? Shocked
Well done!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26 12 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks George.
I think so, but I got these off of eBay for $10 per set and about $5 shipping for both.
I oiled both sides of the tortilla with EVOO, baked 10 minutes at 350F and cooled in the pan for about 10 minutes. These got a bit brown, but they were still good. I think I'll drop to 9 on the cook next time.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26 12 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen those on TV and was thinking of ordering some, but never pulled the trigger. After your post/recipe......I think I'll get on ebay and Get R Done. Thanks Sir.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26 12 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Swamp Mama.
This ain't the one that I bought from, but it's $1.00 cheaper for 2 sets.

Tortilla Pans
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26 12 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Gunny. I have them saved in my watch list and will order me some.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26 12 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great Jarhead!

I love my tortilla shell baking cup thingies, haha.

My wife sold Avon for many years, and about 5 years ago Avon was selling these things for little to nothing. I ended up buying about 16 of them for less than $20 total.

I guess Avon did very well on these, because as you all know, the commercials for these things are everywhere now, and the price has gone up significantly since I purchased mine.

Another great way to eat them is to spray them down with spray butter, and coat in cinnamon sugar, then bake them. We eat them like this with icecream in them.


I've been wanting to try to make them like the Doritos taco shell from Taco Bell, but haven't tried yet.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27 12 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Masoncat1.
And thanks for the idea on the dessert.
Post your outcome on the Doritos Taco. We don't have a TB close.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27 12 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good. I was wondering if those bowl makers were any good.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27 12 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Manana, thanks.
I love em so far. How did I ever get by without them? Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27 12 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For those of you who want to make similar tortilla bowls, but do not want to buy the bakers like Jarhead, and myself (and I'm sure many others) have, here is a little trick for you...

Bake for 8 mins at 400, then let sit for about 5 mins.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27 12 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great idea masoncat1. Make some of those up and use for salsa on the side. Idea
What size are those?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27 12 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I 2nd that great idea .................
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28 12 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

John, thanks for the link, they should arrive by the 31st. Rolling Eyes
My list keeps getting longer, although I'm pecking away at it. Embarassed

masoncat1, great idea. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17 12 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jarhead, I tried your taco seasoning recipe. I must say it was a hit from our family. Nicely done my man!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17 12 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad everyone enjoyed it. Thanks.
Just made meat for tonight. Waiting on GF to get home and make up her mind which style tacos she wants. Laughing ...Maybe all 4 if she's hungry Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18 12 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn John, not sure how I missed this thread to start with but glad I found it. Thought about looking for those pans next time in Branson at that as seen on tv store. Looks like they work well. Kids love taco salads, yours look great! Im confused though, the GF is coming home and she wants a taco Shocked I figured you'd be the one chasing the tacos Wink Must be a Cali thing Laughing

When you due home. I'm off work a while because of surgery. A trip to the bartender...I mean Post is way overdue, or the leaf even Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18 12 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Troy, tacos don't wear bikinis, so I don't chase em. Laughing
Now, you get time off and I'm out here for a while. I think I gotta have a roto-rooter thing done. Debbie wanted me here and not back there by my lonesome.

A trick that I found on the internet, instead of buying those fancy pans, save a couple or four soup cans or whatever size you want your base to be.

Drape the shell over the bottom of an empty can and make some folds in it.

It looked as good as my finished ones and $20 cheaper. Just think of how much beer I wasted on these pans. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19 12 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jarhead John wrote:
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Hey Troy, tacos don't wear bikinis, so I don't chase em. Laughing


We must be thinking of two different tacos brother Shocked


Roto Rooter?? I always knew you needed your pipes cleaned Laughing Keep me up to date on how that goes and when your planning on a return trip home. Trent asked about you the other day...probably had something to do with a pizza Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15 12 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another great way to make these shells is to rub a little water (or beer) on the tortilla, and sprinkle Lime Twang on them before you cook them. Go easy on the Twang unless you really love the stuff... like I do.

If you don't know, Twang is lemon, or lime flavored salt made for beer, but I eat the stuff on almost any Mexican dish.
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