Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Well, I had good intentions. Taco Tuesdays morphed into Taco's....next week.
But, I am proud to say that lately, we have dined on tacos.... on Tuesday. Ashley made dinner again this week and continued the tradition!
Tacos are corn or wheat tortillas wrapped around a filling. It is eaten by hand, without forks or spoons -- if you are lucky enough to not make a mess! Taco's are the original "wrap.
Tortillas have been found as far back as 3000 BC. But, they took off in popularity in the 1960's when tortillas could be made quickly by machines, creating hot tortillas every 2 seconds.
Tacos are filled with meat, fish and veggies or any combination. Fish tacos are typically made with sauteed breaded fish and chopped cabbage. Pork tacos are ever popular in the southwest. And seasoned ground beef is the popular taco at our house.
Fajitas are a Tex-Mex form of taco. Fajitas are typically flour tortillas served with grilled or sauteed chicken or beef, with peppers and onions. Many restaurants present fajitas with the chicken brought to the table in a hot cast iron skillet.
(Tex-Mex refers to the style of cooking that blends American ingredients with Mexican style of cooking.)
And how do we eat our taco dinners?
Our Tuesday night tacos consist of a platter of vegetables (chopped lettuce, sliced onions, sliced tomatoes) with sliced cheddar cheese, sliced jalapenos and seasoned beef. We like both crunchy corn shells and soft flour shells. I combine the two, wrapping the soft shell around the corn shell and then filling the hard shell.
Jon crushes the hard shell into a mayonnaise spread flour shell and then filling it up.
Ashley likes her tacos with soft shells, cheese, meat and mayonnaise. Allie eats her with all the fixings.