How to make real american Tacos (Tacos americanos)

Here is an easy recipe for the basic meat hard shell american taco... As I have mentioned before, this is not at all how actual Mexicans have their tacos, not that there is anything wrong with this taco recipe, but its not mexican! I have listed here the individual spices part of the Tex-Mex spice mix, as I like to make my own mix; but you can use your favorite fajita seasoning spice mix as well if you prefer. Key to success in making these tacos is in the spices you will use...

hard shell tacos on a plate

The perfect hard shell taco:

Ingredients for four people:

* 1 lb. (500 g) lean ground veal or beef
* 1 teaspoon butter
* 1 onion, finely chopped
* 1 can (5.5 oz) tomato paste
* 1 teaspoon chili powder
* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
* 2 teaspoons cumin powder
* 2 teaspoons paprika
* 1/2 teaspoon salt, or as per taste
* 8 hard taco shells
* 2 red tomatoes, chopped
* 1 romaine lettuce head, shredded
* 1/2 cup grated orange cheddar cheese


1) Peel and chop the onion. In a non-stick skillet with melted butter, brown ground beef and chopped onion until the meat is cooked.

2) Add tomato sauce and all tex-mex spices (Chili powder, Cumin, Paprika, Salt) to the meat and cook a few minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally. The meat mixture.

3) Preheat oven to 350 ˚F (180 ˚C). Wash the tomatoes and lettuce; chop the tomatoes to small cubes, shred the lettuce head. Grate the cheddar cheese.

4) Prepare each taco shells, the following way: first divide the meat among 8 tacos, place some tomatoes over the meat, then some lettuce; top with grated orange cheddar cheese.

5) Arrange the filled taco shells on a baking sheet and heat them up in pre-heated oven for 5 minutes. Serve your Tex-Mex tacos immediately.

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