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Tortillas and Tacos

Making tacos or tortillas sounds like a quick and easy meal, right?  Just grab some tortillas at the store, cut up some veggies, put out already grated cheese, fry your meat and add a package of seasoning, right?  Uh, no, not right.  First, make your tortillas, grate your cheese, make your own seasoning.....  It's funny how your idea of "easy" changes, though, because even with the make-your-own steps, this is one of my go-to easy meals.  We make it often on Friday nights.

A lot of people make tortillas with a dough that is about like pie crust and roll out their tortillas and then fry them.  But I have a runnier dough that I pour on the griddle like crepes or pancakes. 


They are super yummy, too!

Stir together:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 small egg
1 1/2 cups cold water

Heat your griddle blazing hot.  Pour a scant 1/4 cup of batter on the griddle and quickly smooth it out with the back of a soup spoon.  (I decided it was impossible to pour, spread and take a picture all at the same time!)

When the tortillas curl up, turn them over and brown on the other side.  You may have to keep adjusting your heat, but the hotter the griddle, the better. 


The recipe says to cook over a low heat, but I find the hotter it is the better it works for me. 

After they're cooked I put them on a plate, covered with a lid, while I finish the others.  This helps keep them not only warm, but soft as well.

And here's the recipe for taco seasoning:

Taco Seasoning
3 Tablespoons chili powder
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon onion powder (I don't have any so, no onion powder in mine)
3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (you could decrease or increase this depending on how spicy you want it to be)
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon dried cilantro
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
4 1/2 teaspoons cumin
3 teaspoons salt
3 teaspoons pepper

Use 1-3 tablespoons of seasoning with your meat, depending on how much meat you have.  Add water and cook until the liquid is gone.

Serve with whatever toppings you like!  You can also stir black beans, kidney beans, or whatever kind of beans you have into the meat to make it go farther.  Some people make refried beans, which I've never done, so I can't give you any pointers on that!

The power went out while I was cooking, so we served up in the dark.  But it came on just in time for us to have a "TV dinner" and watch a movie.


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