Monday, October 4, 2010

Beef Taquitos and Garlic Green Beans


These taquitos are very tasty.  I always use 1 lb. of ground beef (and actually used 1.5 lb. this time) and a little extra of the seasonings and salsa.  It stretches better for our family.  My chili powder is very potent, so I only use about 1 teaspoon of that.  I serve them with sour cream only, since there is salsa inside already.  Also, the taquitos are plenty flavorful on their own!


Beef Taquitos

from Family Fun

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for brushing on the taquitos
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup salsa, plus more for dipping
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 10 (6-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack
  • Sour cream
Heat the oven to 400º. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook them for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add the beef and use a wooden spoon or a spatula to break it up while it cooks, until it is no longer red, about 3 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup of the salsa, the chili powder, and the salt and pepper. Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
Place the tortillas on a plate and cover them with damp paper towels. Microwave them until warm and pliable, about 45 seconds. Top each tortilla with 1/4 cup of the beef mixture, spreading it to an inch from the edges. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the beef.
Roll up the tortillas and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet with the seam sides down. Brush the taquitos lightly with vegetable oil, then bake them until the filling is heated through and the tortillas are lightly browned, about 8 to 12 minutes. Serve them hot with sour cream and/or salsa. Serves 4 to 6.


If you are looking for a quick, tasty side dish, this is how I make my green beans…

Garlic Green Beans

Place frozen green beans in skillet.  (I buy a large bag of Organic Green Beans from Costco that I absolutely love!). 

Add about one cup of water, maybe less if you are not using as many beans.  Basically, you want enough water to cover the bottom of the pan and up a bit. 

Add one crushed or finely chopped garlic clove, a couple pats of butter, and some salt.

Cook on Medium High until beans are well-steamed, probably about 10 minutesI’m too busy doing other things to note the exact amount of time it takes.  :-)  If you are in a hurry, you can cover the pan, but I like to have the lid off for at least half of the cooking time.  That way the water will mostly evaporate.  Stir beans while cooking.

Eat with delight!

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