A Recipe From Dad

I grew up surrounded by food. Both of my parents are really good cooks who enjoy cooking. Neither one of them is a gourmet (but then, neither am I) but they taught me the importance of food. Growing up I learned that food was a source of community and one of the best ways to bring people together. And somehow nothing brings people together like eating a meal with your hands. There’s just something about getting messy together that makes you feel like you really get someone.

I remember as a kid I’d get really excited when Dad said he was going to cook that night. His favorite medium: beef. My father is fond of making beef bourguignon, steaks, stir fry. But most importantly, my dad makes really awesome tacos.

They’re likely not the healthiest item you’ll find here at Bacon & Other Bad Habits, but they taste good, are super simple, and kids and picky eaters will like ’em.

Daddy’s Tacos
–1 lb. lean ground beef (or buffalo for less grease/fat)
–garlic powder
–onion powder
–garlic, minced
–1 small onion, chopped
–1 tsp. or so fresh ginger, minced
–1/2 jar of medium salsa
–1/2 jar of mild salsa
–8 taco shells
–taco toppings (lettuce, tomato, cheese)

In a large skillet, over medium heat, brown the beef. As the beef cooks, season it with cumin, onion and garlic powders, and cilantro. Add in the onion, garlic, and fresh ginger and use the grease from the cooking beef to cook the onion mixture to translucency.

Once the beef is fully cooked, drain off the excess grease and place the pan back on the stove. Add the salsas and stir well to combine. Heat for a few minutes until the salsa is warmed and some of the liquid cooks down. Serve!

**Dad’s trick: Put the cheese in the bottom of the taco shell and then the hot meat on top. When you bite into the tacos the cheese will be gooey and melted.

Dammit Jim, I’m a cook, not a doctor…
Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 8 tacos
Calories: 538 per taco (includes 1 oz of shredded cheese)

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  1. joyceeg
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    These are the best tacos EVER! I try to convince Michael ("Dad") to cook them on a regular basis. I like to "goo" mine up with chopped tomatoes and sour cream, but they are delicious without any toppings as well.
    Joyce Charney

  2. Racheletto
    Posted July 23, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Were you using a new/different camera here? The picts look vintage. Or is that part of the appeal of the story, like from your childhood!? That'd be fun!

  3. Leah
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    Ha! I wish I had done this on purpose. No, sadly it's just the light in the BF's kitchen is terrible. One poor little window as far away from the stove as possible. That's the only trick to good pictures–good lighting!

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