Friday, June 14, 2013

Dude Food: Mom Tacos for Father's Day

I got this in my e mail the other day.


My husband recently lost his mother and I want to make him a special meal for Father's day (we have two little ones).

He said he wanted 'American tacos'. I am second generation from Mexico and so I asked him, like taco bell. No...not like taco bell.

He said they kind of have a sauce, but not like a big sauce.

I am lost.

I called his father who called them Mom tacos, the kind that all moms make.

Help me!!!!


I totally know what he is talking about. My mom made them too.

Crisp hard shell tacos with ground beef, pork, or turkey.

I add beans to mine to make them healthier, but if he does not want that smash the beans, cover with cheese and bake til bubbly.

1 lb of ground meat
3 fresh, ripe tomatoes
Large onion
Chopped garlic
1 ripe avocado
Cabbage or lettuce for shredding
Can of pinto beans or re-fried beans
Greek Yogurt or sour cream for topping
Yellow cheddar cheese for grating (not in my recipe, but offer it as a toss on.
Chili powder
Red pepper
Black pepper
Hot sauce

Brown your meat and onion together in a hot skillet. I used turkey for mine.

when the meat is done add a chopped tomato and a good tablespoon of garlic

Then the seasoning. Begin with a tablespoon of the Chili powder and a teaspoon of everything else. You can taste and adjust later. Once it is seasoned add in 1/2 cup water, the tomatoes and the water make the 'sauce' but keep cooking you want most of it to evaporate so they are not dry, but not wet.

At this point I add the beans. I like them in the taco mix (yes I know it looks unappealing like this.) Then taste and adjust your seasoning. I would invite him to taste at this point. He may not know the 'recipe' but he will know if it needs more hot pepper.

Prepare little containers of your add ons.

For mine, chopped tomato, avocado, shredded cabbage and greek yogurt. Most men will appreciate the addition of cheddar cheese.

Warm your shells (I suggest Trader Joe's organic as they are made with non GMO corn) and put your filling in a warm bowl letting everyone stuff and dress as they prefer.

This is a Mom taco.

It is great dude food for Father's Day.

1 comment:

  1. I made these last night for my kids, complete with beans in the mix (to get the ex's approval) and they loved them.

    The two boys had so much fun putting them together and changing toppings. I know these are healthier than the ones my Mom used to make but man they taste as good.