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2011 March 20
by Dylan

 

First of all, I’m not sure how many of you got the reference to [the now-defunct] Reno 911!, but I’ll provide a clip at the end of this post so you can get what I’m talking about. Don’t worry, I didn’t put any pubic hairs in my tacos…this time (KIDDING!). Tacos are one of those foods that gives you the ability to really exercise your inner-creativity. They’re absurdly easy to make and there are hundreds of variations on what you can do. Usually, I’ll use beans because they’re really healthy, but last night I decided to go with ground turkey.

Growing up, we always had burritos and tacos either in flour tortillas or hard shells, but after doing a lot of research and experimentation, I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s only one real way to make them: corn tortillas. They have a flavor and texture that’s absolutely perfect, and they’re dirt cheap (great for us Jews!). What I made here essentially amounts to what I like to refer to as “tacos fresca”–nothing processed, and everything is extraordinarily fresh. Oh, and by the way–these can be made in about 10 minutes! You essentially end up with a fast, super-healthy dinner that can be made whenever. Also, I made so much turkey that there was a ton for leftovers, which makes it perfect to use in other dishes!

Now, when I made this, I used a little bit of cheese, my awesome homemade salsa, the ground turkey and a blend of white onion, cilantro and jalapeño. Usually, I write out my recipes, but since so much of this recipe is to your own taste, I’ll give a basic list of ingredients and then you can simply have a free-for-all with it. Check it out after the break!

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground turkey (93/7 works well for me)
  • Cumin
  • Chili Powder
  • Fresh garlic, minced
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Cilantro
  • White Onion
  • 1 Jalapeño pepper
  • Salsa

Instructions

Place the ground turkey in a pan and turn the burner up to medium high. There should be no reason to use oil–the grease from the turkey should keep the meat from sticking.

Mix in the cumin, chili powder, garlic and red pepper. Continue cooking the turkey, constantly stirring, until completely browned. Make sure you taste it so it’s to your liking! Place in a bowl and set it aside.

Now, in a small food processor, place about half the onion, half the pepper, and a good-sized handful of cilantro. You can use other onions for this, but I definitely prefer white–it has a sharper flavor and a lot more bite to it. Blend the mixture until it’s roughly chopped up. It should look something like this:

Once you’ve got this awesomely-fresh mixture, pull out a couple of corn tortillas and heat them up. I usually like to melt a little bit of cheese on mine so it becomes a layer in my taco. Next, spread on some salsa, add a little ground beef, and top it all off with the cilantro/onion/pepper blend. Eat. Enjoy. You rock.

OH! By the way, here’s the clip from Reno 911…get ready to laugh your ass off!

 

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  1. March 27, 2011

    Napples Napples Napples Napples

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