Kurt's taco/burrito meat

Yield: 1 Batch

Measure Ingredient
1 each Chorizo link; sliced 1/4\" (Mexican sausage) *
½ medium Red onion; diced
¼ cup Bell pepper; diced
1 each Celery stalk; diced
2 eaches Garlic cloves; fine chopped
1½ pounds Extra lean ground beef =OR=
1½ pounds Ground turkey
2 tablespoons To 3 masa harina
1½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Canned green chiles; diced
1 teaspoon Mexican oregano; crushed
½ teaspoon Dried rosemary; crushed
½ teaspoon Dried thyme; crushed
3 tablespoons Chili powder; or to taste
1 tablespoon Paprika; or to taste
2 teaspoons Cumin; or to taste
\N x Salt & pepper to taste
\N x Tabasco or other hot sauce to taste

Place sliced chorizo in cold heavy skillet; turn on flame to lowest setting. The idea is to render the fat from the chorizo before cooking it.

Meanwhile, prepare the onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic.

After the chorizo has sizzled and released it's fat (about 10 minutes) use a spatula to break it into small bits. Turn up the heat and add the onion, celery, and green pepper; saute for 8 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another 2 minutes.

Drain fat from the mixture by placing on a paper towel on top of a brown paper bag or newspaper.

In the same skillet, brown the ground beef or turkey.

Crumble the meat. (A potato masher works great.) When browned, drain off most of the fat. (Tilt the skillet and use a baister to suck it out.) Stir the masa in to absorb the remaining juices.

Add the chorizo mix, green chiles, W. sauce and remaining spices. Let it cook on the lowest heat for another 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to prevent stickage.

NOTES: * If you cannot find chorizo, a workable substitute is:

½ lb Ground pork

1½ ts White vinegar

1 ts Paprika

1 tb Chili powder

½ ts Oregano

1 ea Garlic clove; minced

½ ts salt

1 ds cayenne

Mix ingredients and let the flavors blend in fridge for a day.

~ All measurements are approximate; I cook by feel. ~ The vegies saute'd with the chorizo =really= makes a difference. ~ Ground turkey -vs- beef: either works great, as long as it's lean. ~ Use flour instead of masa harina if not available. ~ The end result should =not= be greasy/drippy! ~ Substitute fresh Anaheim or California chiles for the canned chiles. If doing so (recommended), saute' along with other veggies

in the chorizo.

Original concoction by Kurt Faria, Angleton, Texas, circa 1990.

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