Thursday, April 13, 2006

Freezer Food Friday-Tacos

I know, I know, it's only Thursday. But we are going out to explore the ruins of Palenque for a couple of days, so I thought I'd do Freezer Food Friday today.

My family loves tacos! American tacos. We also love all the different kinds of Mexican tacos we have tried here, but I haven't tried to freeze any of them yet. I am talking about the ground beef with a Taco Mix Packet variety. And then you have your shell of choice (we like soft flour tortillas), shredded cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce, sour cream and maybe a little MILD salsa. My kids eat them up.

And here's the thing, you can freeze the prepared meat. I know, you're thinking, "But tacos don't take that long to prepare anyway, why would I freeze the meat?" It makes tacos even faster. Seriously, you can have the whole thing on the table in like 6 1/2 minutes and not have a pan to wash. Cut up a cantaloupe or watermelon and voilá. Dinner is served.

So, the next time you make tacos, instead of preparing 1 lb. of ground beef, do 5 or 6 lbs. and freeze it. You can also make it go further and add some anti-oxidants by throwing in a couple of cans of diced tomatoes.

Here are my other ideas regarding tacos:

  1. cut up fresh spinach instead of lettuce
  2. fresh cilanto-yum yum
  3. in addition to the meat, add refried beans as well

I'd love to hear what your family does with tacos!

And now, here is a picture of my favorite kind of Mexican taco I have tried here:

I can't remember what they are called (maybe No Cool Story can help me out here, except for that I know the food in Mexico is totally regional and she is from Veracruz which is nowhere near Small Town). You start with a fresh corn tortilla, fry it in a little oil; top it with some fresh tomato sauce (just tomatoes boiled in water and then blended up in the blender), top that with some shredded roast beef meat, then diced onions and then some kind of stinky white cheese that crumbles easily (Help me out here No Cool Story!). They are delicious in spite of the stinky cheese. I can eat about 6 in a row if I'm not careful.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend! I'll report on Palenque soon.


itybtyfrog said...

Tacos have always been my favorite. My brother and I use to make dinner twice a week when we were little (I was 9)while we were building our house. I always made tacos and he always made spaghetti. I also freeze taco meat. I do the same thing with ground beef. I brown a HUGE package of it and put 1 cup into zippy bags and freeze. Then I can just throw it into anything. I also do this with chicken. I cook it in the crockpot first and then shred it. It is so easy!! My family always put pickles on our tacos when we were little...gag!!! I can't stand it now. My girls love them with olives. Oh, we went to Guatemala for a visit. My husband served an LDS mission there, so we went to see the Miyan ruins and things he never got to see while he was there. It was a fun trip. How does it compare to Mexico?

susie2z said...

What a lovely slice of life! I had no idea you did this. So great!

Give hugs to the little nietos and big-man Guapo.

May you enjoy your droopy shower!

No Cool Story said...

"stinky white cheese that crumbles"-that's what I call it!! I think it's queso panela, it's stinky but somehow it all works together.
Those tacos look great, are the tortillas from a real tortilleria? I’m so jealous :D
I guess the best tip I could offer, it's the same one you have: fry the tortilla (the more fat, the merrier). The salsa is pretty simple as you mentioned: just boiled, blended tomatoes.

And Gabriela, thanks for the kudos, unfortunately you summoned the wrong Mexican, cooking is not my forte…eating is though. I'll definitely try freezing the meat, that’s a good tip.

Have a great time in Palenque!

Nutella said...

Hope you have a great time in the ruins!

Lei said...


Oh, and I tagged you... pay me a visit for details!

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

Tacos are not tacos at our house unless we have some sliced avocado to go in them. We fry our tortillas too, and we like the red and green bottled sauces.

I didn't think any of this was a big deal until our friends came over for dinner (tacos) - they said, "These are the best tacos we've ever had!"

I thought, "Where have you been eating?"

JD said...

oooooohhhhhh tacos YEAH!!!! Happy Easter!!

Nettie said...

Actually, I loved the pickles in the tacos, although I rarely put them in now. I think the whole reason we had them that way was because Mom had that taco serving lazy susan thing. It had an extra space and she didn't know what else to put into it. We now mix refried beans in with the meat and do both soft flour tacos and corn ones dipped briefly in hot oil. Mmmmmm!