Sunday, January 1, 2012

Tacos from Scratch the Bungalow Kitchen Way

This recipe comes from The  Bungalow Kitchen -  as you know by now, I am constantly sourcing low sodium recipes to make my dad... this one can be made low sodium, if you are counting your sodium intake, without skimping on flavor. Many thanks to The Bungalow Kitchen for posting this recipe.

Here's the recipe for a 1 lb of ground beef :

2 t corn or veg oil
1 small onion, small dice (about 1/2 c)
3 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed
2 T chili powder
1 t ground cumin
1 t ground coriander
1/2 t dried oregano
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1lb 90% lean ground beef
1/2 c canned tomato sauce  (Use NO SALT Tomato Sauce if watching your sodium)
1/2 c canned low-sodium chicken broth
A skant 1 t brown sugar
2 t vinegar, preferable cider vinegar
ground black pepper

Have your spices (not brown sugar) measured out and set aside.  You can combine them in a little bowl. Also have ground beef package open and ready to add.  You don't want your spices to scorch so you need to be ready to add it without delay.

Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat until hot and shimmering, but not smoking.  Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 4 minutes.  Add garlic, spices and 1/2 t salt, cook stirring constantly until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add ground beef and cook, breaking meat up with a wooden spoon and scraping pan bottom to prevent scorching, until beef is no longer pink about 5 minutes.  Add tomato sauce, chicken broth,  brown sugar and vinegar, bring to a simmer.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently and breaking up meat so that no chunks remain, until liquid has reduced and thickened (mixture should not be completely dry) about 10 minutes.  Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.

Now as far as the corn tortilla shell goes... I buy them... hate to heat up grease... usually prefer to use my taco meat in Taco Salad - and I use Doritos (one of my all time favorite foods!)