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Friday, February 25, 2011

TASTY TACOS!

One thing we have not had nearly enough of around our house since we moved is Mexican food. In Louisiana, we had Mexican or Mexican inspired food several times per week. We were constantly throwing something in a tortilla or having a salad with grilled meat, salsa, cilantro and avocado.  I think part of our breaking out of the box up here is that I had not been able to find decent tortillas and I haven't been brave enough to attempt making my own yet.  I finally located some at the store and knew that it was time to bring it all back to "normal" and have some tasty tacos. 

I started with a pound of ground white turkey breast...


And a whole bunch of seasonings....


I didn't want to use a pre-packaged mix and I hadn't taken the time to make my own blend so I just started shaking seasoning all over the turkey.  I used garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and Weber Tex-Mex Fiesta.  I know that is a dry rub but it worked great.  I seasoned it like crazy because to me, turkey needs all the help it can get.  Feel free to use your own blend or your favorite packaged mix.  When I used mixes, I always blew off the directions and seasoned the meat while browning and then followed the package instructions.  My theory was why let good meat brown up without seasoning?  Let it season the meat while it's cooking.  I think it creates much better flavor in the meat.  That's just my opinion for what that's worth.  Moving along....





And a little salsa never hurt anyone so I added some of this to the mix.  This salsa traveled all the way from Louisiana. 

Superior Grill is a restaurant in Shreveport with the best Mexican food in that area. Great food and great service! It's one of the things that I will miss most about Louisiana. If you are ever in the Shreveport area, you should definitely give it a try. 


While the meat was cooking, I took time to prepare the fresh ingredients.  My tacos are just not complete without lettuce and tomatoes.  I had fresh romaine and some wonderful grape tomatoes. 

We always add a little salt and some garlic red wine vinegar to the tomatoes and let them sit for a bit.  The vinegar gives it just the right amount of "tang" that we enjoy on our tacos.
Fresh cilantro is always a good addition to...well....just about anything, actually! 
Some Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese is a must!
And avocado....
We don't even bother with making guacamole anymore when we have tacos.  We love avocado so much that we just slice it up...add some salt and a little lemon or lime juice.  This time we added lemon.  I think I like it better than the lime actually....

All of the wonderfully fresh ingredients on the taco with a little chopped fresh onion and I'm all set.  I might have been really hungry for tacos; but, I have to say that these were some of the best that I have ever made.



I don't think I'm going to wait so long next time to have these.  Now that I've found some good tortillas, we will be having these more often, I'm sure.  In fact, I think I need to have them again this week.

If you love Mexican cuisine as we do at our house, you will definitely want to visit Mely at Mexico in My Kitchen.  It is a beautifully written blog with new recipes to try and lots of information on Mexican culture and the cuisine.  Mely is, also, hosting a great giveaway for a traditional Mexican kitchen utensil called a Molcajete.  It is perfect for making salsa and guacamole.  Please take a moment and visit this wonderful blog and say hello to her.  You will be glad that you did!

Designs by Gollum is, also, hosting a giveaway in honor of the second anniversary of Foodie Friday.  You can enter here to win a Kitchenaid mixer.  Who wouldn't want one of them, right?

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and see me.  I hope you are enjoying a wonderful week.


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27 comments:

  1. YUMMY. I love Mexican, Cuban and Spanish food. Happy to have found my husband loves it too! Found a 'Tortilla Pie' and it became quickly our fave.
    I am settling well into country and marriage and are just so madly in love!
    Have a glorious weekend.
    Paula

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  2. I'm having trouble typing this was soooooo delicious looking! I am definitely going to try this. We adore mexican!

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  3. Hmmmm...I always seem to leave your blog hungry! LOL I love Mexican food. Just wish I had all the ingredients on hand so I could make some for lunch.

    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs,
    Kat

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  4. Mmm. I love how you marinate your tomatoes first! Good idea.

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  5. Once again, you tempt the pallet! Sounds and looks delish! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. YUM! Plainville is the best for Turkey and chicken. I just scored some on sale this week and was thrilled. :O)

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  7. We're forever putting stuff in tortillas, too. I've never thought about letting the tomatoes marinate before, but I'm definitely going to try it!

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  8. you seasoned the crap out of it! Yess!!! These look ah-mazing girl! <3

    ole!

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

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  9. That looks divine.

    Thank you so much for wishing me congratulations on my pregnancy. I will try to get some baby bump pictures posted in the next week or so.

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  10. Candace, now I am having a craving for taco's! They look so good. We do the same, don't even bother to make the guac.

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  11. I'm so hungry after this post!!! YUMMMMM

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  12. When we first moved to Alabama in the late 1970's there were just a few taco places and being from Texas, this was hard for me. But now, I am able to find most anything. It did help that I made trips back to visit. i still go back to San Antonio and I stock up on spices and hot sauce that I can not get here. It looks like you are doing great though with what you have. Great post.

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    Thanks,
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  14. Looks delicious! I'm blog hopping and found your blog. I'm following. Would love for you to check out my blog and follow back! Have a great weekend!

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  16. It was such a treat watching you comstruct that taco! Looks delicious and worth the effort.

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  17. these sound delicious I am your new follower you can find me on my blog over at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  18. I am a well known sucker for Mexican and believe it or not we do have Mexican restaurants here in Athens and I honor them very often, plus I make tacos at home. This one inspires me to go straight in the kitchen and make some tacos.

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  19. Hello Sunshine!
    Hmmmm, I love mexican food...and yes, like you, I could eat it several times a week. I'm glad you found some tortillas that you like. If you ever need any seasonings, salsa, etc., let me know...I'll be happy to ship them to you. I can only imagine being unable to just pick them up anywhere.

    Sorry I've missed you this week...lots of snags it seems. Will be checking your other posts. Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!

    xoxo
    Pat

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  20. You go girl! Wow! That seems like a lot of work for tacos. I admire folks who can take some of this and some of that and make something tasty. Do you plan on ever trying to make your own tortillas?

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  21. I use ground turkey for our tacos too!

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  22. Beautiful dish :). Yea, I make Mexican food at least twice a week and I still can't get enough :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  23. Tacos are YUMMY!!

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  24. I love your photos! This looks delicious! And thank you for the Cabot love!

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  25. This sounds so good... we love Mexican, too! Love that you visit each blog of your visitors. I like to be personal like that, too. I found you at EKat's Friday Potluck and wanted to invite you to link your MOST POPULAR recipe so far in our, Star Recipes Collection. We also have a regular Monday linky party I'd love for you to contribute any recipe you'd like when you can (can never be too many great recipes, right?!): Make a Food-"e"-Friend Monday Love your little corner of cyberspace! :)

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