Friday, March 25, 2011

Old Fashioned Tacos

My freshman and sophomore years of college, I worked at a Mexican food restaurant in this little town outside of Austin called Salado.  The restaurant was called the Salado Mansion, and was actually in a historic mansion.


The Mansion was built in 1856 for Judge Tyler and his family.  One of the dishes we served was a recipe original to the Tyler family, Old Fashioned Tacos.

I loved every minute I worked there- the people, the food, the history...the cute little shops all around where I spent my paychecks...

So, after I transferred schools my junior year, I make the trek back every Christmas for some shopping and Old Fashioned Tacos at the Mansion.


A couple years ago, while I was planning my annual trip, I learned the Mansion had closed.  I was so sad.  I don't know what's in there now, or if it has been sold.  But I knew I would miss my tacos, so much.

So after a little experimentation, I came up with a recipe that is pretty darned close to the original thing.

Old Fashioned Tacos

What you'll need:
1 lb Ground Beef
1 Baking Potato
1/3 Onion, chopped
1 Package Corn Tortillas
1 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Taco Seasoning

For garnish:
Grated Cheese

Put a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and heat it.  Add the onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

Add the beef and brown it.  

While the beef is cooking, pop the potato in the microwave.  I cooked mine 12 minutes and it was perfect.  Of course, you could actually bake it in the oven, if you like.

Once the beef is browned, drain it.  Then grab this stuff and add about 6 teaspoons and 3/4 cup of water.  

Stir, then heat until the mixture becomes thick. 

Grab that hot potato out of the microwave, cut it into bite size pieces, and add it to the beef.

Get a small pan and heat a little oil in the bottom.  You'll know it's warm enough if you drop a pinch of flour in the oil and it sizzles.

Take a corn tortilla and add some of the beef mixture.  

You don't want a lot, or the tortilla can't hold it.

Fold the tortilla and dip the bottom in the oil first, and hold like that for about 5 seconds.  

This is to make sure the middle doesn't tear while frying.  

Lay the tortilla on it's side and press lightly at the middle, to keep it folded.

You just want the tortilla to crisp up some and get a little brown.  Flip to the other side when done.

Drain the oil out of the taco before putting on a plate lined with paper towels.

Serve with cheese, tomatoes, and avocado.

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MrsV said...

Oh my goodness, this looks amazingly yummy! I'm a sucker for good mexican food, your recipe is on my to-do list!

Happy Friday!

Jamie Votaw

Blair @ Reasonably Swanky said...

Yum!! Thank u for sharing!!!!

Bud and Leo said...

Yummm now I need some tacos + margaritas!

Kaitlin Godfrey said...

Glad to know you are a fellow Brit lover...:)

And oh my goodness I'm starving now!

Megan said...

YUM!! These look so good! I could definitely go for some Mexican food right now!!

Rachel said...

I am SO kitchenly challenged but this looks like something I can attempt. Thanks for the recipe and for the photos, because lord knows I need to see pictures if I'm going to get it right!! :)

Amber said...

Oh yum, that sounds amazing!!!

Meg O. said...

Yum! I'm so impressed that you fry your own tortillas!

meghan said...

Oh my gosh these look amazing!! I want them now...

Becca Christensen said...

I think you need to buy that mansion and do something fun with it! : ]

And those tacos sound yummy. Thanks for the recipe!


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