Picadillo filling for tacos a la the border cookbook

Yield: 6 Servings

Measure Ingredient
3 tablespoons Vegetable oil
1 large Onion, minced
6 Garlic cloves, minced
2 pounds Chuck roast, ground to order
1 tablespoon All-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Dried oregano, preferably Mexican
½ teaspoon Cayenne, or chile de arbol
1 medium Baking potato, parboiled, peeled, and diced fine
½ cup Beef stock
½ teaspoon Salt, or more to taste
Vegetable oil for pan4rying
18 Corn tortillas
Shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and grated mild cheddar or Monterey jack cheese, for garnish
Hot sauce and sour cream (optional)

In a heavy skillet, warm the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute for a couple of minutes until softened. Add the meat and fry until it is gray. Stir in the flour, oregano, and chile. Then add the potato, stock, and salt and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the mixture for another 5 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and most of the liquid has thickened but the picadillo remains moist.

Heat at least 1 inch of oil in another skillet until the oil ripples. With tongs, dunk a tortilla in the oil long enough for it to go limp, a matter of seconds. Don't let the tortilla turn crisp. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and drain them.

Fill a tortilla with about 3 tablespoons of picadillo, fold in half, and secure with a toothpick. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and picadillo.

Raise the temperature of the oil to 350 degrees. Fry the taco, in batches, until lightly browned and crisp. Drain well. Remove the toothpicks and garnish with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. Serve the tacos immediately accompanied with hot sauce and sour cream.

The Border Cookbook by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison Adapted for my computer's tastebuds by Brenda Adams <adamsfmle@sprintmail> Recipe by: Jamison; "The Border Cookbook" Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #377, by Brenda Adams <adamsfmle@...> on Fri, 17 Jan 1997.

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