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Stretching Taco Meat

Mike came over after work today for dinner and to watch our Friday night programs (Monk & SG: Atlantis, will watch Psych online later). We also had tacos for dinner.

The last time I bought ground beef in bulk, I divided 5 pounds into 6 and froze them. So, when I took one package of meat out for dinner, I realized it would not be enough for Mike and I for tacos (at least there would not be much leftovers - and it's not dinner if there's no leftovers). I thought it would be cool to mix a can of black beans into the taco meat before I added the water and seasoning packet*, however, I didn't have any black beans in the pantry (yes, I can hear your collective gasps!). I did have pinto beans, though. After I finished browning the 0.83 pounds of meat, I drained it and added in a rinsed can of pinto beans. I put it back on the heat for a while and then I added the seasoning and recommended water (2/3 cup). I made sure to simmer it until the liquid was all absorbed. Mike was weary, but he will try anything once. I think I'd like to do black beans next time and see if it is better or what.

Also, Mike learned to grate cheese today. He's a natural. :-)


*I tried making taco seasoning, but there was something strangely missing and I decided it was cheaper to pick up the packets (old el paso, taco bell, or oretega) when they are on sale and/or I have a coupon.

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mountainheather
Jul. 26th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
I don't like the spice packets so much. I just use 'mexican' cheese and add cumin. Of course, I also don't use beef which probably makes a difference. ::shrug::
tenthz
Jul. 26th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
The spice packets are specifically for one pound of meat (beef or chicken), but I always have more so the spice is spread around a bit. Also, I think it has a thickener in it (probably corn starch) which keeps the chunks together and kind of gelatinous. Yum, gelatinous meat! :-D
lordxyyndragon
Jul. 26th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
the two essential ingredients in taco mix are chili powder and ground cumin
tenthz
Jul. 26th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I tried a bunch of different recipes that all had different ratios and some other elements as well, but they were all just slightly off. I can usually get the packets for ~$0.59 so it's not so bad.
thwack
Jul. 27th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
From the subject, I thought this would be a post about taco-flavored taffy. :)
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