Make Your Own Taco Night (with Homemade Corn Tortillas)

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When you have a three year-old staying with you, chances are you’re probably not going out to dinner. We did go out one night and that’s a whole story in and of itself. Most nights, though, I cooked and that turned out to be a lot of fun, coming up with food to make for a small crowd (other friends dropped by in the hours leading up to dinner). One night, someone suggested going out for tacos and I responded, “I can make tacos right here!” Then I ran to the store and bought a bunch of stuff to prove that my homemade tacos would be just as good as whatever we’d get at a restaurant.

My first step was to make a salsa. When I have to buy grocery store tomatoes out-of-season, I almost always buy cherry tomatoes because they’re consistently tart and good. So I cut a box of those in half, added chopped red onion, a minced jalapeno, salt, fresh lime juice, a splash of olive oil and chopped cilantro, tasting to adjust.

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Step two was the meat. I decided to go for raw Mexican chorizo. If you can find that, your job is really easy: take the chorizo out of the casing, brown it in a pan coated in vegetable oil, breaking it up as you do. When it’s almost entirely cooked through and the fat has leached out, make a hot spot and cook half a chopped onion in there with a pinch of salt.

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Stir that all together and then add a can or two of drained pinto beans depending on how many people you’re feeding. Stir and taste for salt. Turn the heat off until you’re ready to serve.

Once I had that ready to go, I grated some cheddar cheese and opened a container of sour cream. Here’s the fixins bar.

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But what really made this make-your-own taco night special was making the tortillas from scratch. I did a whole post the other day called “It’s So Easy To Make Your Own Corn Tortillas” and it’s true, it is so easy. So easy, in fact, even a kid can do it.

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Well she can sit in a chair eating a homemade quesadilla while watching you do it. Here’s my work station.

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Once I started flattening the tortillas, I heated a cast iron skillet on high and turned the heat on low for the meat. Once a tortilla was cooked and ready to go…

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…I called the first guest into the kitchen. Meet Gabe.

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Meet his taco.

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Doesn’t that look good?

The best part is there was plenty of everything to go around; so I kept cooking tortillas, calling people in, watching them make tacos and chatting all the while. It was a lot of fun.

So if you have a tortilla press and some friends to invite over, have a Make Your Own Taco Night. A good time is guaranteed for all.

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