Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Taquitos and Guacamole

This is a fabulous way to use your leftover pork or beef roast. While they don't exactly fall into the "healthy" category, they are oh so yummy. And there are never any leftovers which is great because who wants leftovers of their leftovers? This idea comes from my wonderful mother. Deee-lish!

leftover pork or beef roast, shredded
one small onion
taco seasoning
corn tortillas
olive oil
 vegetable oil for frying

Dice the onion and cook in about 1 Tbs. olive oil.
Once the onion is translucent, add the shredded meat and taco seasoning.
Add a couple Tbs. water to help the taco seasoning bind to the meat and onions.
Steam the tortillas. My favorite way to do this is to run each tortilla under water then put in a plastic bag (usually the bag they came in). Then I microwave the bag for 30 seconds or so. This softens the tortillas so they don't crack when you roll them.
Heat about 1/4 inch of vegetable oil in a heavy bottom pan. A heavy bottom will heat evenly and help the taquitos to cook evenly. I usually use my big soup pot so if the grease pops it stays in the pot.
Once the oil is hot (throw in a crumb from a tortilla. If it sizzles, it's ready) put some of the meat and onion mixture down the middle of a tortilla. Do not overfill!
Roll up the tortilla as tightly as you can and place in the oil seam side down.
Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy.
Remove from oil onto paper towels to cool.
Salt them immediately, while still hot. (This step is imperative!)
Serve with sour cream and guacamole.
Watch them disappear!
*This recipe is simple, but I always get complimented on it. It is my favorite way to make guacamole.
1 ripe avocado
1/4 cup more or less of your favorite salsa
onion powder
garlic powder
lemon juice (fresh is always best, but I usually resort to bottled because that's what I have on hand)
salt and pepper

Mash the avocado with a fork. Add in the salsa, a couple shakes of onion powder and garlic powder, 1 Tbs. or so of lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!


Rebecca & Taber said...

This is a GOOD idea! I'll have to try it next time we have a left over roast.

Kris said...

Oh yum! Those look so good! And I absolutely love homemade guacamole. I'm writing this recipe down to give it a try. I'm sure it will be gone in seconds around here!!

Grandma Honey said...

This looks easy enough for me. I've got to remember this next time we have meat. They look yum!