It's always a little exhausting making big decisions isn't it? You are left feeling relieved, but also a bit drained. You keep your hands busy with simple tasks like making bows for your little girl, so that you can focus on the stewing going on in your brain, say the prayers for strength and courage that need to be said. You go for walks with your family and pick up your husband's skateboard for the first time in 10 years and impress your kids with your riding skills. You curl your hair and put on some makeup. Yes, simple tasks, but tasks nonetheless.
So by Sunday night you want a nice home cooked meal with friends, but want it to be a meal that you know like the back of your hand, no recipe card needed. A meal that reminds you of a woman you loved and cherished, a meal that reminds you of friends and family, and a meal that is both mouth-watering and heart-warming. For me that meal will always be my Grandma's tacos. And as is the case with all of my Grandma's recipes, they're not all sexy and complicated. There is no braising, basting or flambeeing, although there is a little sauteeing. ;)
I didn't take a lot of pictures of this recipe because these tacos are so simple to make and call for very few ingredients. If you look back at this recipe, will see a pattern here with the meat and potatoes. I can only assume my grandmother's generation must have used potatoes so much as a cost-saving tool. It's a perfect meat filler, is hearty and satisfying, and is about 1/10th the cost of some ground meat.
My only other regret about the lack of pictures is that I didn't get a single one of our friend's enjoying this type of taco for the first time. Truth be told by the time I sat down the guys had all but devoured their own tacos and were ready to go back up for seconds. That always makes me so happy, watching people go back for seconds and thirds. So how abut the recipe?
Grandma Tita's Tacos with Homemade Taco Shells:
2 lbs ground beef
5-6 large russet potatoes
Salt & Pepper for seasoning
1 dozen corn tortillas
Shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and shredded cheese for tacos garnish
Sautee the potatoes and onion in a bit of vegetable oil for about 5 minutes, seasoning with salt and pepper. Add the ground beef and cook all the way through, about 10 - 15 minutes, occasionally turning meat and potatoes.
Grandma Tita's Spanish Rice are also the perfect side dish. Look at how pretty those taco shells look!
I'm linking up to Serenity Now Girl's Family Friendly Recipe Link Up & Heather's Life Made Lovely Monday.