Today is National Taco Day – and we at Everyday Southwest are celebrating by combining one of America’s favorite classic comfort foods – Sloppy Joes – with perhaps the most beloved Mexican dish of all time – The Taco. Did you know that in 2012 Americans ate 4.5 BILLION tacos? Holy Guacamole!
One of my favorite food memories is an old school taco – made Sonora style. I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, eating bean burros and tacos – not so much PB&Js like many American kids. (WARNING – UPCOMING RANT: They are called BURROS, people. A burrito is a small burro. Never, ever use the term “Grande Burrito,” because that translates as “small large burro.” RANT CONCLUDED.)
Back to finish my thought: Old School tacos, Sonora style, are made by placing seasoned raw ground beef in a corn tortilla and then frying the whole thing together. Odd, you may say. True that, but so yummy and comforting. Just like Sloppy Joe Tacos. Old School wins again!
– posted by Donna
- 1 Tb olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 jalapenos, diced
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chiles
- 1 Tb Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tb chile powder
- 1 Tb galric powder
- 1 Tb soy sauce
- 1 Tb ground cumin
- 1 Tb smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- Cook jalapenos and onion in a large skillet over medium high heat in oil until softened, about 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add in ground beef and cook until browned, breaking into small bits.
- Add remaining ingredients and reduce to a simmer. Cook until most of liquid has evaporated.
- Serve on corn tortillas and top with garnishes as desired. I used cilantro, diced radishes and queso fresco.
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