Beef Tacos and Burritos
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2# boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins
1 Tbsp. chili powder
Black ground coarse pepper
Dash of cayenne pepper
1 large onion
Green pepper, optional
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
Flour tortillas, package of 10 (smaller size in diameter)
In a large frying pan, add just enough oil to coat it. Turn to medium high and add the chicken tenderloins and the sliced onion. Cook until the chicken loses all its pinkness and sauté the onions until they are limp. When they are cooked through, add the black pepper and garlic salt to taste along with the chili powder and cayenne. Stir lightly to mix the flavors and turn heat down to simmer and cover. Let cook for about another 10 to 15 minutes. (You don't want to overcook the chicken.)
Cut the chicken up into bite sized pieces in the pan. In the meanwhile (if you have a griddle or very large frying pan), start it up and get it ready to prepare.
*Also a note...You noticed I had written green pepper as an option. For those who like green pepper, you may want to slice one up and put it into a smaller pan to sauté and add this to your chicken and onion mixture...*
Take a flour tortilla and spray with butter spray on one side entirely. Place butter side down onto the griddle or pan to begin cooking. On half of the tortilla put enough chicken-onion mixture and cover with shredded cheddar. Flip the other half of the tortilla over to cover the chicken and cheese...(it should look now like a half moon). Press down with a spatula and allow the tortilla to brown a little. Then turn the tortilla over so the other side can brown. Continue to do back and forth until it is nice and crispy. You can do as many as your griddle or pan hold at a time.
Place on a plate while cooking the others, or serve them to your family and friends as they are cooked. They can be eaten by hand whole or you may use a pizza cutter to cut into half or quarters. You may also add jalapenos...or dip in salsa or with sour cream. Anyway you like them...But the most important thing is to totally enjoy these wonderful tasty treats from 'South of the border'.
CHICKEN TACOS AND BURRITOS
Just a note about the tacos and burritos: Use about 2 to 3 pounds of lean ground beef and brown it while breaking it up into smaller, smoother consistency. Add a little water to it and allow the liquid to evaporate. Use any brand of taco seasoning and use 1 packet per pound. Add this and a little water with it as well while it cooks down. Turn to low and let simmer with the lid on to get all the full flavor in it and also for the ground beef to become tender... There's nothing worse than undercooked ground beef that tastes like 'rubber'...
While this is cooking, chop up tomatoes into small chunks, shred your lettuce and also chop the onions. Put these into separate bowls and cover.
Have the crunchy corn taco shells available and the corn tortillas and flour tortillas for everyone to choose from. Keep the tortillas in their plastic package and place in microwave for about 30 seconds before serving so they are nice and warm and pliable.
Sour cream is a nice addition to tacos or burritos as is salsa, hot sauce, and sliced jalapenos.
If you cup up a little extra lettuce, this gives an option for those watching their calories (or carbohydrates as I am) to make themselves a little taco salad.
TACO SALAD DIP
(You won't need any refs to decide whether this is good or not!!!)
2 - 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. sour cream
2 T. chili powder
4 T. mayonnaise
Lettuce (vegetables are all chopped), bunch of green onions (chopped)
12 oz. shredded cheddar
Mix cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, chili powder, a couple shakes of garlic salt, and the white bottoms of the green onion chopped together and mix well. Spread evenly on the bottom of the tray. Layer with chopped lettuce, tomato, and the green onion tops. The black olives are optional, but pretty. Finish with the shredded cheddar. Serve and scoop up with the tortilla chips and add salsa if you like.