tacos without store-bought seasoning

Tacos. Tacos are so good. I love a good taco. I have to stop myself from eating five. No joke. I cap myself at two...maybe three ;) My mom came home from lunch and asked me to make tacos like I made them with these thinly sliced steaks, but with ground sirloin instead. After cleaning, unpacking, and throwing so much crap away, I finally got to cooking. Cooking is so relaxing to me. I get in the zone and just go to town. I get seriously pissed if someone messes up my flow, but I was home alone to work without interruption. So, here we go:
Ingredients:

  • ground sirloin (ground chuck or ground beef also work)
  • tomato sauce
  • red onion (or whatever your preference)
  • green pepper (once again, your preference)
  • Adobo
  • Sofrito

    The sofrito that I use is something that my mom makes in huge batches. If you scroll down the wiki page to the Puerto Rican version of the sofrito, it's pretty spot on for how my mom makes it, however, she just blends it all up in the food processor with olive oil and freezes it until she needs it. Ugh, so amazing, so flavorful.

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    The Prep:

    You can brown your meat in a skillet, but I use a caldero for pretty much everything, hehe. Once the meat is browned and the excess grease is drained, add the onions and the peppers. Allow them to simmer with the meat so that it can absorb the flavors. Next, add the sofrito and allow those flavors to simmer and combine. With the tomato sauce, stir in some Adobo. The amount of Adobo is really up to you. I had to keep adding some until it was right for me. Just remember that Adobo has salt in it so you don't want to overpower everything with too much salt. So add a little at a time, to taste. Allow it all to simmer together for about five minutes and VOILA! Chow down time!


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    I keep my tacos simple: sour cream, cheese, and avocado if we've got it. I found out way too late that we did have some. My mom ate hers with just avocado and tomatoes. The meat comes out so flavorful that you don't really need to add a whole lot. Well, there it is. Tacos without the little store bought packets.


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  • 6 comments

    1. we had tacos for dinner last night, and I'm excited right now to go home and eat the leftovers! yay tacos- especially with avocados!

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      1. Pizza is my number one favorite food ever, but tacos are a super close second. Nom.

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    2. This sounds absolutely delicious. Maybe Ben will get lucky and I'll learn to do some minor cooking before we get married next year. :P

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      1. I am BIG on using cookbooks with lots of photos. Mark Bittman is really wonderful, as well as America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. Tricks of the trade-type books that have boosted my confidence in cooking. You know, for the minor cooking :D

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    3. Tacos are the best thing. Steak tacos are seriously amazing, but I don't cook with meat very often. Hunter, Lee, and I make black bean tacos and use cumin, salt&pepper, minced Serrano peppers, and chili powder to season. We made a lot of tacos this summer 'cause it was so blasted hot. Now I am craving tacos again. Haha.

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      1. It took me a while to be comfortable touching meat. It seriously used to make me gag. I conquered that fear, though! Mmm, tacos.

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