Dee's Awesome Tacos

Dee Stillwell


In the 70's, Ortega published a recipe for taco filling with their ads. I made them for years according to their recipe(sort of). I lost the recipe and have tweaked it over the years to this result. I have done searches and can't find the recipe. I even wrote to Ortega and nothing. These are even better than the original recipe in my opinion. I hope u try them and love then as much as we do.


★★★★★ 2 votes

12 tacos
20 Min
40 Min


  • 2 lb
    ground beef or 1 lb each grnd beef & grnd turkey
  • 1 - 15 oz can(s)
    rotel diced tomatoes with chilis
  • 1 - 15 oz can(s)
    tomato sauce & 1 sauce can of water
  • 2 can(s)
    diced green chilis
  • 1 tsp
    seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    mexican oregano or regular oregano
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1 dozen
    7 inch white corn tortillas or any you like
  • ·
    canola oil for frying shells
  • ·
    parmesan cheese

  • ·
    diced tomatoes, shreaded lettuce, pico de gallo, shreaded cheddar cheese, sour cream, avacado, fresh squeezed lime juice, more parmesan cheese

How to Make Dee's Awesome Tacos


  1. Brown meat in large skillet. Drain off fat. Add tomatoes, sauce, water, and seasionings. Bring to boil and reduce heat to simmer. Cook covered for 20 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook until the liquid is absorbed and meat is tender, about another 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings to your taste.
  2. Fry tortillas in canola oil until desired crispness. Blot on paper towels and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Fill with taco filling and garnish as desired. We like ours as my picture shows...with shreaded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shreaded cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, sliced avacado and sour cream, more parmesan cheese, and a squeeze of fresh lime. YUMMMM
  3. An alternative to frying the tortillas: place several tortillas between damp paper towels in the microwave for 20 seconds or until soft and pliable. Stack 2 together and build your taco(sometimes one cracks and leaks). If I have leftover taco filling, I make taco salad or taco omlettes.

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About Dee's Awesome Tacos

Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican

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