All in One Taco

When I think of tacos, I think of layers. You have a layer of protein, then vegetables like onions, peppers, lettuce, then maybe some salsa or other sauce, and then just a bit of cheese to hold it all together. Each bite gives you a little bit of each layer, a perfect combination of flavors.

But what if the taco wasn’t layered? What if you took the majority of those great layers and mixed it right into the protein base? Would it still be as delicious? The answer is yes, yes it would be.

RECIPE: All in One Taco
Makes 2-3 Servings

Cast Iron Pan
Cutting Board
Shell Rack
Can Opener
Oven not heated

Ground Beef
Diced Tomatoes
Green Pepper
Chili Powder
Ranch Dressing (Cause trying to use it up)
Cheddar Cheese
Hot Peppers

DSCF11011) Place the tortillas in the shell rack and put in a cold oven. Set the temperature to 350 degrees. When the oven hits temperature, turn it back off. This will keep the tortillas warm as you cook the rest of the food, and let them get to the perfect level of structurally stiff without becoming break-apart crunchy. Be sure to start cooking everything else as soon as you turn the oven on.
2) In a cast iron pan, begin cooking the ground beef. DSCF1104
3) Chop up one green pepper, onion onion, and 3-4 cloves of garlic.
4) Add the onion and garlic to the meat, continuing to stir occasionally as it cooks.
5) Once the meat is cooked, add the green peppers and let them soften a tiny bit.
6) Add the diced tomatoes and the canned hot peppers to the beef, and then season with cumin, paprika, cayenne, and chili powder.
7) Slice the cheddar cheese into very thin slices.
DSCF11078) Remove the tortilla shells from the oven.
9) Add the meat and vegetables to the shells, evenly distributing the filling. Top it with a bit of the cheddar cheese and then a quick squirt of ranch.
10) Serve right away either with a nice cold beer or a big old glass of ice water, because some meals are just better with a cold drink.

Also the taco shell rack is supposed to be for grilling, but it has become one of my favorite tools. You can use it in the oven to make soft shells keep shape, you can use it to fill tacos without them falling over, and it looks pretty cool as a serving tool also! We do use it on the grill as well, but I love when things have multiple purposes.

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