Mexican Essentials: Some Assembly Required

Andy Anderson !


I made these about a week ago, and posted a photo. Several of you asked that I post it as a recipe, so you could keep it in your files.

When I served it, I made a taco bar with chicken, pork, beef, refried beans, some cheese, and served on toasted flour tortillas. They were a big hit.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
20 Min



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    avocado oil, as needed
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    flour tortillas
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    refried beans, recipe link to follow
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    taco steak meat, pulled chicken, or pork
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    queso fresco cheese, shredded
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    salt, kosher variety, to taste
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    white pepper, freshly ground, to taste

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    sliced avocados
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    shredded lettuce
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    a good salsa
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    lots of beer

How to Make Mexican Essentials: Some Assembly Required


  2. Here is a great recipe for refried beans:
    South-of-the-Border Essentials: Refried Beans
  3. These work well with beef, pork, or chicken…
    Here is an awesome recipe for steak taco meat:
    Mexican Essentials: Awesome Steak Taco Meat
  4. There are a lot of cheeses that you could use for this… even a combination of different varieties. I felt that the queso fresco, really pulled the other ingredients together, and helped to make this recipe a success.
  5. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  6. Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 350f (175c).
  7. Brush both sides of the tortillas with the avocado oil.
  8. Toast in the oven until browning is spots, and beginning to crisp, about 3 – 5 minutes.
  9. Chef’s Note: Turn the tortillas over after 2 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven, and spread some refried beans over the top.
  11. Add a generous amount of chicken, pork, or beef.
  12. Cover with the cheese... Be generous.
  13. Pop back into the oven, for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melty, and beginning to brown in spots.
  15. Serve them while nice and warm. Enjoy.
  16. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Mexican Essentials: Some Assembly Required

Course/Dish: Tacos & Burritos
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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