April 22, 2020

Taco Tuesday with a Twist

Posted By: Maggie Stamper April 22, 2020
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On Tuesday I try my hardest to please my last child. She loves having tacos on Tuesday. The reason why she has to have tacos on Tuesday is because of the Lego movie.

Thanks Holly Wood!

I decided if tacos had to be on Tuesday, then they better be good tacos. Tacos that I can live with. Tacos that will leave me coming back for more. Tacos that will make my kids satisfied. Tacos that will.....

Sorry, I got a little carried away there.

After several attempts at making the taco meat, I successful came up with a recipe that we can all agree on. Even the last child.

However, keep scrolling because I have a taco hack that you will LOVE!

Taco Meat Tuesday

What you will need:

  • 1 pound ground beef meat
  • 1 packet taco seasoning meat
  • 1 jar taco sauce
  • 2 TBSP Ranch Hidden Valley seasoning
  • Taco shells
  • 1 TBSP butter

For this recipe, you want to use a 8 inch cast iron skillet

On low heat, you want to warm up your cast iron skillet. Place 1 tablespoon of butter in your cast iron skillet.

While the butter is melting, you need to crumble the ground beef into your skillet. While the meat is cooking, you need to dice up your meat so there won't be huge chunks.

Add the taco sauce into the meat and simmer for 5 minutes.

While the meat is simmering, add your taco seasoning mix and ranch seasoning mix.

While your cooking, turn down your heat to low. After adding the taco sauce, the acidic texture to the meat will stick to the cast iron pan. Keep stirring to keep the meat from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Once the meat starts to thicken, turn off the eye and remove.

While you meat is cooling off, you need to prepare your tacos. This is where things get exciting for me. I absolutely love this cooking hack. I honestly don't remember where I saw this at, but if I can find the brain child who came up with this idea, I would send them a cast iron skillet in a heart beat.

Before I found this, my taco shells were always cooked unevenly. This hack takes away the unevenness with the taco shells.

Presenting, this smartest thing ever!

Place the taco shells in-between the oven racks, upside down.

(I'm literally getting too excited with this. Almost like the lady who loves painting with sponges).

Top tacos with your favorite sides.

  • Cheese
  • sour cream
  • lettuce
  • chopped tomatoes

Taco Meat Tuesday:

  • 1 pound ground beef meat
  • 1 packet taco seasoning meat
  • 1 jar taco sauce
  • 2 TBSP Ranch Hidden Valley seasoning
  • Taco shells
  • 1 TBSP butter

On low heat, warm up your cast iron skillet and add butter. While the butter is melting, crumble your meat and place into the cast iron skillet. Tear apart the chunks of meat. Add taco sauce and allow the meat to simmer, stirring constantly. Add seasoning and taco sauce.

Stir the meat continuously to prevent the meat from sticking to the bottom of the cast iron pan. When the sauce thickens up, turn off the eye of the stove, and remove from heat.

Place taco shells in the oven at 325 degrees upside down and in-between the oven racks.

While tacos are baking, chop up tomatoes, lettuce, and grate cheese.

Read our BLOG on cleaning up your cast iron skillet after cooking.

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Maggie Stamper, Old Time Cast Iron Restoration
Hey, ya'll! I'm Maggie Stamper founder and blogger of Old Time Cast Iron. Thanks for joining me and allowing me to share some of my favorite memories, recipes, and finds with you.

I'm a wife and mother to three children. Born and raised as a farm girl in the small town of Greenbrier, Tennessee, I loved spending time with Mammie (grandmother). That's where my love for cooking started, right at her farm table which launched into cast iron skillet cooking later as a young adult.

Today, I love to blog, restore, cook, and treasure hunt for cast iron skillets. Be sure to check back in often because you'll always find something new to enjoy!

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