by Dolores (Lola) Drieslein (my grandmother)
1 ½ pounds of ground beef
4 cloves chopped garlic
¾ cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon oregano
1/8 teaspoon dry basil
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
1 cup oil
12 corn tortillas
2 cups freshly shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups shredded lettuce
2 tomatoes diced
Spicy Red Salsa with Chile Japonés
Preparation (taco meat):
Combine ground beef, garlic, onion, oregano, basil, salt and pepper in a pan over low heat. Allow to cook slowly, while partially covered. Try to avoid breaking up meat as it cooks, but move occasionally.
Once meat looks like it is nearly completely browned, break it into smaller chunks.
Remove from heat and allow to partially cool.
- Prepare pan with oil over high heat. Allow to get very hot.
- In the meantime, warm tortillas to avoid breakage when frying.
- Spoon approximately two tablespoons of meat mixture into tortilla and fold in half. Avoid overstuffing or meat may cause oil to splash if it falls into pan. Gently place tacos (one at a time) in pan and hold down top flap with tongs for a few seconds to ensure that the taco remains closed as it fries. Once bottom side of taco is golden and crispy, turn to fry the other side. Drain tacos on paper towel.
- When ready to serve, dress each taco with a layer of shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato, and salsa. This dish goes particularly well with Red Spanish Rice.