This future sucks.
I’m so disappointed… Movies depicting the “Future 2011” totally deceived me.
Where the hell is my jet pack?? How come my kids don’t go to school in a whole ‘nother planet?
Growing up I’d thought I’d be on easy street.
Why is everything so… Manual? Why am I still typing?
Oh, my carpal tunnel!
I want to interact with articificial intelligence – And the closest I’ve come is when I call Fedex or UPS to track my packages.
There’s still so much work involved in this so called future. Take the kitchen for instance. Full meals still don’t come in pill form. Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook, but sometimes when a chick gets home at 7:30 pm she wants dinner ready in seconds. I don’t even have a lightsaber to cut my meat. Seriously… Star Wars was released in 1977! You’ve had 33 years to invent the freaking thing!
This future sucks…
Fortunately, I have a fool-proof meal for when I feel gypped by these “so called” futuristic times.
Tacos are quick, filling, delicious and best of all… “You’re #1!!”, foam finger worthy! Practically every family I know has a taco recipe in their arsenal. No, I can’t beam myself home in 5 seconds, but I can bang out a meal in 30 minutes.
I can’t bring you the future – cause at the rate we’re going the grandkiddies will see that flying car we’ve been waiting for since the 80’s, but I can show you how to make a quick meal. No need to thank me… Just…Um… Figure out how I can get my hair ‘did’ without spending an hour in the drier.
You’ll need a skillet and some ground beef, or turkey.
Some adobo. Adobo: A seasoned blend of powdered onion, garlic, black pepper, turmeric and salt; that we latinos tend to sprinkle on eve-ry-thang. From poultry, to fish, to beans they all get their sprinkle of adobo. Buy it…Use it. Roll like a Latino.
Light italian dressing, honey roasted garlic barbecue sauce and ortega taco sauce – The M.O.B. trio that makes these tacos so delicious.
And sofrito; the latino secret sauce. Make yourself some sofrito right now…
This recipe is pretty simple: You season your turkey meat with adobo, sofrito, italian dressing and barbecue sauce. Sear the ground meat to seal in flavor. Add 2 cups of water and simmer the meat on medium/low heat for about 20 minutes.
While the meat is cooking, chop some lettuce.
Shred some cheese and open a container of sour cream. Hum a tune…
Don’t forget taco shells! I’m a hard shell taco girl. Soft tacos are cool too. You can use those.
When the liquid from the ground meat is almost evaporated, add the taco sauce and 5 oz of water. Let the liquid reduce. This should take another 10 minutes.
And you’re done!
Now you can go back to wondering why your limbs don’t stretch like Inspector Gadget’s; Something that would sure come in handy when the kitchen lightbulb blows out.
Damn fake future!
Recipe: Turkey Or Beef Tacos
Source: An M.O.B. Production
Makes about 10 tacos
For the taco meat:
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 lbs ground beef or turkey
- 3 Tablespoons of sofrito
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons light Italian dressing
- 1 Tablespoon honey roasted garlic barbeque Sauce (I use Kraft)
- Adobo to taste
- 2 cups of water
- 1 8oz jar of taco sauce ( I use mild Ortega)
- 5 oz of water
For the tacos:
- 1/2 cup of sour cream
- 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup finely chopped iceberg lettuce
- Hard or soft taco shells ( I use Ortega hard taco shells)
- Ground beef or turkey, cooked as shown below…
- In a medium bowl, combine the ground meat, sofrito, italian dressing, barbecue sauce and adobo. Mix until combine. Heat a large skillet, or a saute pan under medium high heat. Add the olive oil. Once the olive oil is hot (about 30 seconds), add meat to the skillet and brown the meat, about 3 minutes. Add 2 cups of water and bring the heat to medium/low. Cover, and simmer the meat until the liquid has almost evaporated, about 20 minutes.
- While meat is simmering, chop the lettuce* finely, place in a bowl. Shred the cheddar cheese, place in a bowl. Spoon 1/2 cup of sour cream in a bowl and place all in the refrigerator.
- Uncover the ground meat. The liquid should have almost evaporated. Open the bottle of taco sauce and pour over the ground meat, along with 5 oz of water.
- Allow the sauce to reduce, about 10 minutes. Once your sauce has reduced, turn off the heat and allow to cool slightly, 5 minutes.
- Pour ground meat into a medium size bowl and build a taco as only you know how!
* I like to add about a half a teaspoon to the chopped lettuce… Just for extra flavor.
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