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Homemade Tacos

There was a long standing tradition of making homemade tacos in my house. My Mom brought the technique with her when we moved to the East Coast from California when I was 6 months old. And although I do sometimes use the cardboard boxed tacos for a quick dinner for a 9 year old, I also am capable of pulling the real deal out of my sleeve.

Tacos are a special occasion when guests come to visit kinda endeavor. Because it’s a lot of impressive work that results in some of the most tender delectable yummy food ever. And a couple of weeks ago, our girl Caitlin came to visit and I decided that I was in the taco making mood. No better excuse for the effort than company.

My girls hanging in the kitchen

Masa Harina for Homemeade tacos on Shalavee.com

The process begins with making the dough and forming balls. I use wax paper to smash the tortilla dough on the tortilla press.

Then I take a rolling pin to it to make it a little thinner. Cooking once on the griddle, the dough hardens into a tortilla ready for frying.

tortilla PRESS FOR Homemeade tacos on Shalavee.com

Rolling the corn tortillas a little thinner for Homemeade tacos on Shalavee.com

Not pictured here, the wax paper that is hanging off the griddle catching fire while you transfer them. Once the tortilla gets transferred to the hot oil, it puffs up as you bend it into the ‘U’ shape ready for filling with taco meat, cheese, shredded romaine,avocadoes, sour cream, and siracha sauce. The house fills with smoke from the hot oil. So there’s a smoke alarms turning off and windows opening thing that makes this a real culinary adventure.

deep frying the Homemeade tacos on Shalavee.com

Homemade tacos on Shalavee.com

I made some homemade salsa fresca from our tomatoes, cilantro, onions, and dashes of sushi vinegar and cider vinegar as I had no lime.

Homemade salsa fresca with the homemade tacos on Shalavee.com

As with fresh pasta, freshly made tacos are such a different beast than anything you’ve ever had. And worth every firey bit of wax paper and smoke burning your eyes with the smoke alarm scaring the cats moment.

Homemade tacos from Shalavee.com

I must admit that this finished shot is from a previous batch of tacos. Because in the frenzy of making and eating them this time, there were no more pictures to be taken. The filling this time was a pork. It’s the most easy and satisfying. A pork picnic/shoulder roast cooked at a low temperature for a long time then falls off the bone and is easily shredded. I added chicken stock, cumin, sauteed onions and peppers, and maybe some chili , onion, and garlic powders. But ground beef or poached shredded¬†chicken or even rockfish are all good choices especially with salsa fresca. And a secret sauce tip? Use sour cream mixed with the adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers. Creamy and smoky and spicy and you are a genius.

I don’t expect anyone to run out and try this. It’s not for the faint of heart. But if you ever get a chance to try the real thing anywhere, do yourself a favor and eat a freshly made masa harina flour taco. Divine.¬†

 

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8 Responses to “Homemade Tacos”

  1. David says:

    Love it! Turning one’s home into a deep fryer is always an adventure. I’m ready to put aside funnel cake and try this.

    • Shalagh says:

      Makes me thing I should probably request a Fry Daddy for Christmas because sometimes you need to deep fry stuff. Thanks for stopping in to join the fun.
      Love,
      Shalagh

  2. KB says:

    LOL! I’m coming over.

  3. Dawn Pearcey says:

    Oh – I’m salivating. These look fantastic, and I’ve never seen the tortilla press before – I’d love to try making these! (Thanks for your wax paper burning, oil smoking, cat scaring ‘reality’ notes)

  4. Amy Reese says:

    My mouth is watering, Shalagh. I’ve never made tacos from scratch. They look absolutely delicious. I’m very impressed. I’m not surprised there were no pictures.

    • Shalagh says:

      Thanks Amy, as I said it’s not for the amateur. Even as I’ve done it for years, I’m rusty with it every time. I keep thinking there must be easier ways to do this part or that part. We don’t realize sometimes the talents or traditions that we have that other people would be interested in knowing about. And as always, I still say food cooked by other people is always better.
      Love Ya’,
      Shalagh

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