Ground Beef Tacos a la Cecile;-)


If you know me, you will know that I like challenges. Life would be too boring if you were not setting up challenges or boundaries to cross. As I was shopping for my ingredients for my Mexican Dinner, I decided that I could make my own tacos and tacos seasonings.

Tacos:  from my reading, I learned that tacos are actually fried tortillas. Did you know that? I learned something today;-)

So you can decide to make your own tortilla as explained in one of my blog’s entry,

Ingredients for 8 tortillas: 6 oz of flour ( I used whole wheat flour), 1 tsp of salt, 1/2 cup of water.

In a bowl, mix the flour and the salt, and slowly add the water and mix well. Out of the dough, make a ball that you will cut in 8 pieces.  Roll each little balls out, and with a rolling-pin, flatten the ball to make a disk of about 9 inches. Repeat the process for each ball of dough.

Turn up the heat on your stove to medium/ high and cook your tortilla in a frying pan for 1 minute on each side. Do not use grease or fat!!!! Set aside.

Of course you can decide to buy the tortillas instead which is much quicker.

To make the tacos you will need  1/2 cup of olive oil, and the tortillas ( 1-2 per person).

In a large frying pan, warm up 1/4 cup of olive oil. Place one tortilla at a time and fry it one side for 1 minutes until it becomes golden, with a fork, or with tongs, turn the tortilla and fry it for 1-2 minutes as well. With a fork, fold the tortilla in half and hold it so that the tortilla will assume the shape of a taco. With a tong, remove the tortilla from the frying pan and rest it on a plate that you would have previously layer with paper towel. ( The towel will absorb some of the oil). Set aside until you have fixed the rest of the taco fillings.

The Meat Filling: 1 lb of ground beef ( I used ground sirloin), 1 tsp of dehydrated garlic powder, 2 tsp of paprika, 1 tsp of hot chili pepper, 1/8 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of butter, 1 tsp of flour, 1/4 cup of water., sour cream, 1 cup of cheddar cheese, 1/2 white onion chopped thinly, a few sweet red pepper chopped.

In a frying pan, melt 1 tsp of butter and when it starts to sizzle, throw in the ground beef. Cook the ground beef until it turns to a brown color. Add all the seasonings mentioned above ( garlic, chili pepper, salt, paprika) and stir well. Add the flour and the water and mix well. Turn the heat to high and bring to boil. Lower the temperature and cook for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper if necessary.

To eat place the taco in your hands and fill it up as you wish. We filled it up this way:

ground beef, sour cream, chopped onions, chopped red pepper, cheddar cheese.

Yummy, isn’t it’-)

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

A New Popular Dish in France: Tortillas and Fajitas….


I enjoy coming back to France every summer. I love to come here to wander around the streets and look at old buildings, I love to sit at cafes and watch people walk by, and I love to eat French food such as fresh croissants, scrumptious pastries, and French cheeses!!!

Though I love the United States and I consider it now my home, to me,  there are no country in my eyes that equates France.  Yet, over the years I have found that France is rapidly changing, and becoming more and more like America. People are wearing more and more American fashion. More and more American music is being played on radio. More than 75 % of TV shows on French TV are American shows that have been dubbed.  Even traditional French Brasseries, that used to only offer mostly French cuisine, offer American Cuisine. I was so surprised to see Fajitas,  Tortillas and Chicken Nuggets, and hamburgers, and mixed salads on menus. Though I understand that city such as Paris try to cater to the needs and likes of tourists, I found it sad that France is loosing somewhat of its identity by trying to copy the American Culture. Even my sister offer Fajitas for lunch on Saturday because she said that it was “in” and it was easy to make, yet very healthy. The main difference between she and a normal American, is that, she did not just buy all the ingredients, she actually made everything from scratch, even the tortillas. Simply amazing!!!!

Well, those tortillas tasted nothing like the one you buy in a grocery store like I do. They are so easy to make, I thought I would share today this recipe with you.

Ingredients for 4: 2 red bell pepper roasted in oven and peeled and sliced, 2 tomatoes diced thinly, 2 cups of lettuce chopped thinly as well, 1 small can of corn, 1 lb of ground beef, taco seasoning, 2 cups of cheddar cheese or monterrey cheese, 1 small jar of salsa, 6 oz of flour, 1 tsp of salt, 1/2 cup of water.

You will want to first prepare your bell peppers. You may buy them already roasted and peeled but in the event that you can’t find any. It is quite easy to do. Cut the bell peppers in half, remove the seeds and the inside, and place the bell peppers on a baking sheet skin up. Bake in oven at 375 for 30 minutes until the skin is starting to bubble and burn. Remove the peppers from the oven, and place them in a plastic bag. Let them cool off. Meanwhile prepare your fajitas. In a bowl, mix the flour and the salt, and slowly add the water and mix well. Out of the dough, make a ball that you will cut in 8 pieces. Flour a section of your kitchen counter, and roll each little balls out to make 8 disks of about 9 inches.

 

Turn up the heat on your stove to medium/ high and cook your fajitas in a frying pan for 1 minute on each side. Do not use grease or fat!!!! Set aside. Remove the bell peppers from the plastic bag, peel the skin, and slice the bell peppers in thin strips. Set aside.

In an another frying pan, melt 1 tsp of butter and when it starts to sizzle, throw in the ground beef. Cook the ground beef until it turns to a brown color. Add 1 Tbsp of taco seasoning and 1 cup of water and bring to boil. Season with salt and pepper if necessary. Place in a bowl.

To serve, place all ingredients in individualized bowls, and let everyone fix their own fajitas.

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!!