It’s amazing how many dishes, pots, and pans it takes to make a simple taco dinner!

The meat, the rice, the beans… guacamole, sour cream, salsa, cheese, lettuce, olives, tomatoes, onions… and the taco shells!  I’m beginning to remember why I don’t make these very often!

But they are good!

I got silly with the deep fryer and deep-fried the corn tortillas.  And just to be a little sillier, I fried a couple of flour tortillas, as well.  They puffed up like balloons!  Victor made a taco salad sort of affair with one of them.  I made a really big taco and used a dozen napkins to help clean up the mess I was making eating it.

I don’t have a real taco shell basket, so I used a cannoli  form and tongs to help them hold their shape in the oil.  It worked pretty well.

No real secrets for the beef…  It was hamburger cooked with some chopped onion, and then a bunch of different herbs and spices; Mexican oregano, chipotle powder, chili powder, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper, and a can of tomato sauce.  Oh – and half a can of diced green chiles.  The other half went into the beans.

The kitchen was properly destroyed, Victor put it all back together, and we have tapioca pudding for dessert later on.

Life is definitely good!