Every year it goes a little something like this:
Mom: Don’t you want a roast or a ham for Christmas this year?!
Me: No. I want tacos.
Dad: Oh god.
Mom: Are you sure? Doesn’t a ham sound nice?!
Me: No. I want tacos.
Mom: How many would you eat?
Me: One or two. (Because I’m in total denial and trying to “eat healthy.”)
Mom: I’m not making tacos if that’s all you’re going to eat.
Me: Fine. I’ll have three.
Mom: Fine. I’ll make tacos.
Dad: She only makes them for you.
See, my mom makes the most amazing tacos every year for Christmas. Our family bucks tradition, setting the Christmas ham aside, and makes Mexican food. Some years it’s tacos, tamales and refried beans. Other years it’s just tacos and beans. But there are always tacos. And they’re my most favorite meal of the whole year. Yep. Of the whole year.
I took step-by-step pictures to show you (and remind me) how she does it. I have a fear of deep-frying things. Hot oil + me + tiny kitchen = panic. I’m hoping my new dutch oven will help set some fears aside because it’s such a deep vessel. (I’m ridiculous, I realize.) So here we go:
I might add some chili powder? Fresh garlic? Whatever you like really.
She’s a beast with the meat. Rar!
The rest of the steps are after the jump!
Pat, pat, pat! But only on half so it looks like this:
I asked my mom where she learned this method and she told me she learned it from her Grandma. My Great Grandma. Apparently Irene was a very colorful woman! Explains a lot about Mom and I…
If you don’t have a splatter guard, you’ll definitely want one for a project like this. The oil is hot. And bubbly. And it pops. Painfully. On your arm sometimes. Be careful!
Mom is a pro at this. She’s fearless in the face of hot oil. I admire that.
Your house will probably smell like oil after this is all done. It’s unavoidable. So get some Fabreeze and be ready.
Mmmm! Homemade tacos! Screw you Taco bell.
You’re almost done. Hang in there. This whole process takes my mother about 30 minutes. Not bad really.
This last step is highly individual. I wouldn’t tell anyone how to dress their tacos. It’s a personal choice! But I’ll show you how we do it.
That’s about it folks! From here you serve with sides of your choice: Mexican rice, refried beans, or anything else that strikes your fancy!
PS – Remember to let the oil cool fully before you dispose of it. And do NOT pour it down the drain. That’s bad. Use an old jar or coffee can stuffed with a paper towel or two to dispose of the oil in the trash.