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Taco Tuesday: Tacos with soft grilled corn Tortillas and Potato nachos

It seems like when people say soft or grilled tacos they assume flour tortillas, but you can make amazing soft tacos with corn tortillas, especially If you grill them. These coupled with an as yet unnamed potato creation of mine, make a fine dinner.

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Taco Tuesday: Tacos with soft grilled corn Tortillas and Potato nachos

by zirbirt

When most of us think of corn tortillas we automatically think of crunchy tacos. Corn tortillas do not have to be fried and crunchy, and they are not always stiff and boring. Actually corn tortillas can be very a very tender and delicious vessel for a soft taco... but first...

I used to frequent an irish pub and my wife and I often enjoyed a wonderful appetizer called Irish Nachos. Irish nachos are potatoes with cheese and other stuff on them (I never bothered to figure it out or look it up). They are really good, so naturally I used this as a basic concept for my taco night potato side dish.

I don't have a name for this, so if you wish to come up with one in the comments, feel free! I know there is something witty out there, basically these are Mexican Irish nachos.. which really seems like its begging for a witty name.

To begin, I take 4 medium potatoes (I used gold, but any you like are fine) and cube them.

I put these in a baking ban with about 1 Tbs olive oil and tossed till they were fully coated.

Then I sprinkled in some Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.

Finally I pop these in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes (after about 10 mins I pull them out and toss them a bit, then put them back in.)

Now its time to start our filling. I have actually posted this method in more detail here: Grilled Tacos but the gist is as follows:

Brown 1lb of ground beef. Then drain it and set it in a separate container (I use a metal strainer)

In your pan over medium heat, toss in 1 diced onion and cook till translucent. Then throw in a can of diced tomatoes.

Add in some Mexican seasoning to taste (usually a couple tablespoons)

Mexican Seasoning (all dry/ground versions)
- 2 Tbs Chli Powder
- 2 Tbs Paprika
- 2 Tbs Cornmeal
- 2 tsp Cumin
- 2 tsp Oregano
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Cilantro
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper

Then drop in your meat and bring it to a boil. Once it boils reduce heat to low and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.

Once it is done simmering, take your metal strainer and place it over a bowl and drop the meat mixture into it. This will serve 2 purposes.. removing the excess liquid from the meat, and giving us that excess liquid to use as a sauce.

Once that thoroughly drains, return the meat to the pan and let it sit turned off.

Now, we have a bowl of tomato, taco and meat flavor... basically a taco sauce.

To that I am going to add 1 heaping tablespoon of Sour Cream, and sprinkle in a little hot sauce.

Then I just stir that up.

Ok, so now I start warming my skillet or griddle for making the tacos... and while it is warming, I pull the potatoes out of the oven.

I toss them a bit, then bunch em into a loose pile in the middle of the pan.

Then I gently pour about half of the above sauce onto them

Plus a generous helping of cheese

and back into the oven.. to melt the cheese.. then its ready for plating.

On my hot griddle or skillet (if you are griddle-less), I place my tortillas As comfortable as they fit without touching, usually 2 at a time, but for ease of explanation I will discuss it in singular terms now.

I let it sit for a few minutes, then flip it over (using tongs).

I then place a generous helping of my meat mixture onto it.

and fold.. pressing it down gently to make sure everything stays in place.

I let that cook for a couple of minutes, then flip it and let the other side cook a couple of minutes.

Then they go on a plate and I add some cheese.. you can also add sour cream, or lettuce or whatever at this point.

I then take some of the potatoes, and add them to the plate, and top with my remaining sauce.

That's all there is to it. Thanks for reading.. hope you enjoyed today's post!

zirbirt
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