Going back in a time machine today to the 80s! Back to when the only tacos we knew were these kind. If you've forgotten about Old School Tacos, put them on your menu next week and head back to a time when the taco kit was where it was at...ha!
Admittedly, these tacos probably don't really need a recipe. I know, it's almost like cheating. It really is, sorry! But sometimes, we are looking for quick ways to have dinner and we don't always think about things like, dare I say, THE BOX TACO KIT. I know, I said it. Culinary snobs, please look away now because this is about to get painful....hahaha!
When I think way back to my teenage days, there's a whole lot of food that comes to mind. Things that I would make for myself when I was home alone. Which, by the way was a rare event. Our home was busy and full....always! But there were rare moments of peace and quiet and I was in the kitchen alone. Times like that, I remember loving to bake things like chocolate chip cookies, Dunacn Hines cake mixes and the box self saucing cake mixes. I used to love everything that came out of a box. It was easy and let's face it, my cooking skills back then were in the incubation stage. Anyway, one of the the things I loved the most were these tacos. I could have probably eaten a whole box all by myself . And I wasn't a big eater and use to mostly pick at my food back in those days. Times have changed...ha! Give me a fork and I'm digging in. Anyway, I can still remember rare quiet afternoons in that kitchen on Gilbert Avenue, breaking into the box and making myself a feast. Those were the days.
Flash forward to present day on a different street and even in a different county, these tacos are still a hit with my teenagers. To be completely honest, I forgot all about these tacos until about 6 months ago. True story. Years and years and then even more years went by with not an Old School Taco in sight. Until I saw the kit in Carrefour back in the spring. I picked it up and went down memory lane. Lola and Oliver loved them and now they have them about once a month. They love them now as much as I did 30 years ago. Did I just say "30 years ago?". God, I really am getting old. Where's that time machine?
So, moral of the story (if there is one), sometimes dinner just needs to be something quick, easy and tasty. Doesn't need to be gourmet, more ingredients than you can count, Michelin stars, or a million steps. It just needs to be food. Get people around the table and dig in, dinner's ready!
Notes about the tacos:
Okay, you will see in the "recipe" below that I did actually put together my own seasoning. Wow! It's super easy and quick and there is no explanation. But you can use the seasoning in the box kit and there is no shame in that, at all!
And to state the obvious, there isn't much of anything to say about these tacos. I used bought salsa to make life easy, but you can make your own. This was a super quick and easy dinner that even your kids can make. Lola, that's my daughter, who hates cooking, will even make these. And trust me when I say, that's a miracle.
Happy cooking friends and enjoy your tacos and dinner time.
Old School Tacos
Makes 8 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 15 minutes
1 lb/500 grams ground beef
8 Hard shell corn tacos
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 Garlic cloves, crushed
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 Cup/60 ml water
1 1/2 Teaspoons cumin
1 Teaspoon paprika
1 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Teaspoon black pepper
1 Cup/125 grams grated cheddar cheese
2 Tomatoes, diced
1 Cup shredded cheese
Salsa (your choice)
Preheat a large skillet over medium to high heat for a few minutes. Add the olive oil and garlic and stir for a minute. Add the ground beef and start breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Continue doing this until the meat has cooked, about 8 - 10 minutes. Add the water, tomato paste, cumin, paprika, salt and black pepper. Stir really well and reduce heat to low for about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Put the taco shells on a baking tray and put in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 3 - 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Assemble tacos with meat, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and salsa. Serve!
Click the downloadable link below to print the recipe!
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