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- ~~ the ingredients
- 1 1/4 lb
- fresh ground turkey
- tablespoon minced garlic
- cup of water
- 1/8 tsp
- liquid smoke--natural mesquite flavor
- 1/2 tsp
- beef bouillon granules
- 1 Tbsp
- a-1 sauce
- 1 Tbsp
- worcestershire sauce
- taco seasoning mix to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- ~~ the taco shells
- white or yellow corn tortillas
- olive oil for frying
- paper towels
- ~~ the toppings
- cup of grated monterey jack cheese
- cup of grated pepper jack cheese
- romaine lettuce shredded
- white onion diced
- large tomatoes diced
- taco sauce if desired
1I do my prep work first and then it goes together really fast. I use 2 divided dishes for the vegetables and cheeses and then assemble the tacos after the tortillas are fried.
2Grate the 1 cup of monterey jack cheese and the 1/2 cup of pepper jack cheese. Mix the two together until well combined.
3Wash the romaine lettuce. I cut it fine with a sharp knife, like it is shredded. Dice the onion and tomatoes; put the vegies and the cheese mixture in the divided dishes and set in the refrigerator.
4You will need a large pan for the taco meat and a medium pan to fry the tortillas.
5Place the 1 1/4 pound of ground turkey in the pan over medium heat. Put the 1/2 teaspoon of beef bouillon granules in the cup of water and set aside.
6Then add to the meat 1/8 tsp of mesquite flavored liquid smoke (more is not better!) Add a-1 sauce, minced garlic,worcestershire sauce, taco seasoning mix, salt and pepper to taste.
7When the meat is lightly browned, add the one cup of water and beef bouillon to the pan and stir. Turn the heat to simmer.
8Taste the meat to see if it needs more taco seasoning or salt and pepper. The meat is ready to serve as soon as the water is reduced. Keep it hot while you fry the tortillas. You can add a couple of spoons of water to keep it moist. Don't let it dry out.
9Fry the tortillas in hot oil, folding to make a shell until golden brown and then drain on paper towels. I cook the shells according to my family's preference. Some like them soft, others like them crispy. The boxed shells just don't taste the same.
10When the shells are fried, assemble the tacos with the meat first, onion, tomato, lettuce and cheese, and taco sauce if desired. We like ours piled high with the vegies.
11Good with avocado, sour cream, refried beans or whatever else you might like.