Growing up, tacos were not one of my favorite meals. There are so many varieties of tacos, though, so just because you don’t like one taco doesn’t mean you won’t like another.
Over the years I’ve developed this taco recipe, and now it’s the only way we have them. It’s always a big hit with my family. Earlier this week when I made these fajita tacos, my son came into the kitchen and said, “Are we having tacos?!?” I wish I could capture the sound of his voice in writing.
We’ve even had this taco recipe for Easter dinner when my in-laws and sister-in-law were visiting. Everybody loved them!
Three Fajita Tacos
1 lb ground beef
¼ cup + 1 tsp taco seasoning mix
¾ cup water
1 tbsp light olive oil
2 peppers (red, yellow, or orange)
1 large sweet onion
1 clove garlic (optional)
¾ vegetable oil
18 small corn tortillas
Shredded cheddar cheese
Shredded lettuce (optional)
In a medium skillet, fry ground beef. Remove grease. Stir in seasoning mix and water, and simmer for 10 minutes. (I use McCormick’s taco seasoning. If you prefer a different brand, follow the instructions on the packet.)
Slice peppers and onion. This week, I used one red and one yellow pepper.
Sliced Peppers & Onions
Put 1 tbsp light olive oil in a deep saute pan and heat slightly on medium high. Add onions, peppers, and one clove garlic chopped or pressed through a garlic press. Sprinkle with 1 tsp taco seasoning. Cook on medium high heat, stirring frequently, until onions are carmelized and peppers tender.
Heat vegetable oil in a small non-stick fry pan on high heat. When the oil is very hot, fry each tortilla in the oil for 3-5 seconds per side. Place each tortilla on a paper towel to remove excess oil. (I have to confess, my husband always makes the tortillas because I don’t like to deal with oil this hot. Whenever I try to make them they end up super oily because I’m afraid to turn the oil on high.)
When meat, peppers and onions, and tortillas are done, assemble tacos on each plate. I put stuff in my tortilla in this order: meat, peppers and onions, (lettuce if we have it), cheese, sour cream, and taco sauce. But you can put them together in whatever order you want. These can also be served with refried beans on the side, but we don’t usually bother because the fajita tacos are so yummy and filling on their own.