Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Taco Night!

Rafe and I have been moving into our apartment all weekend, and I'm pretty much exhausted from all the craziness! Luckily, our kitchen is all set up and I'll be ready to cook in time for dinner. The sooner we smell food coming from the kitchen, the sooner it will feel like home! (I'll share pictures as soon as we're all set-up!!)

It's no secret that Rafe and I loooove tacos, so this meal is one that we'll have to make in these first few weeks in our new place. It's a standard ground meat taco, however, instead of making use of the grocery store taco kit we instead utilized ingredients with fewer preservatives like sodium, and various un-pronouncable ingredients.

The seasoning packet was the first thing that needed a makeover, but Jen from Beantown Baker had a great recipe, which I merely tweaked with a little more cayenne because I like my heat!




I browned some ground turkey in the pan along with a diced jalapeno.  I added a hefty tablespoon of the seasoning to the meat and stirred to combine.


I hit up Whole Foods where I knew I could find some preservative-free taco shells.


I read the ingredients and confirmed that I knew and could pronounce all of them.


After I warmed the shells in the oven, we assembled our tacos. I took one for the team and made a 'tostada' with the inevitable broken shell.



Topped with cheese, lettuce, chopped tomatoes and guacomole, and paired with our favorite Pale-Ale - this was a fun and somewhat healthier taco than most.



Yep - these are going on the menu plan for this week!

We're still without hot water - so if you could think good thoughts that would make the gas company actually show up for their appointment we'd really appreciate it! (Don't worry- we've been showering at Rafe's mom's house!)

14 comments:

  1. Oh my, still no hot water?? eek. i haven't made tacos in too long... but i do have some homemade seasoning waiting to be used :)

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  2. Mmm love taco nights. There is something about assembling tacos that makes me feel like a kid. I hope you guys get hot water ASAP!

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  3. nothing beats taco night! Hope you get hot water soon and I can't wait to see the apt!!!

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  4. I haven't had taco night in so long! And, I just saw the Good Eats episode about tacos AND I love that stupid commercial where everyone is having a taco party outside of Bill's office.... "You invited Eric? I though Eric gave you the creeps?"

    in conclusion, I want tacos.

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  5. The captcha to post my previous comment was "pesto"

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  6. A Mexican woman (is that PC?) I work with said the secret to really moist taco meat is to add a little bit of water to the pan when you are browning it. :-)

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  7. I hope you get hot water soon! I can't wait to see pics of the new place!

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  8. Congrats on the new place! So exciting. I haven't had crispy shell tacos in forever though I had them all the time growing up. These look delicious.

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  9. Looks amazing! I love that seasoning recipe. Congrats on the new place! I hope you get hot water soon.

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  10. yuuuuum i miss tacos...I'm currently living in New Zealand and "mexican food" according to them is baked beans!

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  11. Yikes! Hope you get hot water soon. I haven't made tacos in a long time. I'm definitely overdue. Thanks for the dinner inspiration!

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  12. Yay! I have hot water!! Thanks for your positive thoughts everyone!!

    Justin - aside from the gas man actually arriving, and the hot water coming on, your comment was the best part of my day. I laughed out loud when I read it - that commercial is funny.

    Namasteeveryday - I don't know what I would do without mexican food! We eat it at least once a week! I hope you find some tacos soon!

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  13. mmmmm this is how I make them too! LOVE them!

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  14. yum, love taco night. and beer with it makes it even better.

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