Monday, April 18, 2011

Double Decker Tacos

Schmambs needed ideas on what to make for dinner.  "Tacos!" I said.  She said she needed something that hubby could take to work and eat for lunch.  "Taco Bake!"  My mind had one track, and that track was tacos.  I was struck by the craving the other night when trying to figure out what to eat.  Instead of fulfilling the craving, I opted to go somewhere that had a drive-thru.  Lame for settling, I know.  I think Schmambs got the message because she suggested double decker tacos and asked if I wanted to go over for dinner.  I figured if she was planning on making tacos, then it was an invitation I couldn't refuse.

Tacos are pretty easy.  Most pre-packed/pre-mixed taco seasoning packets have directions on how to make the taco meat.  Use one packet of seasoning per pound of meat.  We used ground beef, although you can always substitute ground turkey or ground chicken.  The first step is to brown the beef.


The next step is to drain the oil from the beef.  In the midst of chit chatting, entertaining a six year old, and trying to get everything prepared and ready for dinner, we forgot to drain the beef before adding the other ingredients.  Oops.  So we added Ortega Taco Seasoning and 3/4 Cup of water for each packet of taco seasoning (we used two packets) to the meat.  But it wasn't that bad!  See!


Now that the meat was taken care of, it was time to prepare the shells.  The best shells, in my opinion, for the double decker taco is Old El Paso Stand 'n Stuff Taco Shells because it gives you more shell to wrap the tortilla around.  Plus it stands.  Enough said.


Obviously in order to have the tortilla stick to the crunchy taco shell, it needs an adhesive.  In this case, it's beans and cheese.  Schmambs choose to use Ortega Refried Beans.  I'd show you a picture of the actual beans, but it kind of looks like mush and I want to make you hungry, not lose your appetite, so I've included a picture of the can.  Look at how pretty the beans look in the picture on the can!  Once the beans have been heated up and spread evenly over the flour tortilla, Schmambs sprinkled some cheese over the beans to provide an extra layer of adhesive.  Pop it in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese is melty.  Then you stick the crunchy taco shell in the middle of it all to make the double decker.  And since the Old El Paso Stand 'n Stuff Taco Shells have more shell to them, there's more room for the yummu fillings that make a taco a taco.


Schmambs had chopped up some lettuce before I arrived.  She used romaine which give it a nice crunch (aside from the crunchy taco shell).  She had also diced up some tomatoes which is one of my favorite parts of the taco!  So much so, that Schmambs' hubby caught me methodically adding tomatoes to strategic areas of my taco so that I could get a piece in every bite.  To top everything off, there was sour cream.  


Usually Schmambs would have guacamole kicked up a notch with Tabasco brand Chipotle Pepper Sauce, however, the avocados weren't ripe and she was fresh out of Chipotle Pepper sauce.  Didn't matter since everything was absolutely delish.  Unfortunately, because of the beans and the cheese and the tortillas being slightly bigger than the crunchy taco shells, I had to assist in keeping the final product together to get the final picture.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bacon Chipotle Cheese Burgers

"I was thinking of making BLT's for dinner.  Interested?"  This was not the text message I wanted to receive from Schmambs on a day where I already had dinner plans.  It was hard turning down bacon.  Even harder to turn down Schmambs since we hadn't seen each other in a couple of days, which is somewhat unsual.  Not to be knocked down, she waited a couple hours before sending another text.  "Bacon Chipotle Cheese Burgers tomorrow night.  You in?"  Oh SNAP.  This woman knows how to play dirty.  She knows my weakness, which is nice for my tummy, but not so much my arteries!  How can you turn down not only BACON but CHIPOTLE CHEESE as well?  You don't.  It's just unheard of.  

I missed the preparation segment, but I got there just in time for the "it's almost cooked and ready to eat" part.  So while I don't have any recipes to share with you today (I'm almost sure Schmambs plans on taking the recipe to the grave), I do have some delicious Bacon Chipotle Cheese Burger pics for you to feast your eyes on.

The adults got nice big juicy burgers and the kido got the mini burger (on the bottom left).  Can you just smell the beefy oniony melty cheesiness?  The house smelled like these burgers for the next few hours.  It was wonderful.

The plate of bacon that we used to top the burgers.  (I couldn't resist taking a picture of it in all its glory.)  If you can believe it, all the strips were present and accounted for when the burgers hit the table.  Willpower is a tough thing.

Schmambs made all the veggies look so pretty.  I wonder if she believes that if it looks good, she'll get us to eat our daily serving of vegetables.  I don't need pretty bribes.  I love my roughage and tomatoes!  In hindsight, I am regretful that I didn't put more tomatoes on my burger.  Next time.

My burger before I closed it up and sunk my chompers into it.  Beef patty topped with Cabot Chipotle Cheddar Cheese, a strip of bacon (I had to leave some for the others!), ketchup, lettuce, and tomato.  Mouth, be prepared to party.