Liz Parkey is one of may favorite people on the earth. She is has welcomed me into her home countless times and made space for me at her quilting rack and her sewing machine. We have camped out in her den as she has tried to teach me to knit.
We have done WAY more talking than we ever have done sewing. Thanks to her I could piece a quilt together if my family were freezing and needed blankets. I could also throw together a dish rag AND a oven mitt. None of these would win the county fair, but I could do it.
Thanks to Liz I am a better person. I do not say that lightly. She has made space for me for over 20 years. There are endless stories that will surface on this website about how she has taught me...be very excited.
But this recipe is what she has used to gather my entire family. Every single person in our family will drop all plans to go to Mrs. Liz's if she is fixing tacos. I need to note she makes her own tortillas. It is my desire to video her making her own tortillas to share with you! There is nothing like them. (She also makes my favorite cupcakes.) I use this recipe to feed our family plus a few and we usually have a little bit left over. Typically we are running to the fridge the next day to get to have the leftovers for lunch.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
The best part about these tacos is that you do not use one of those sodium filled packets from the grocery store. These are spices most people keep in their cabinets so it is an easy last minute meal to make.
Mrs. Liz's Tacos (click here for recipe)
2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 chopped onion (or equivalent dried and minced
1 t. cumin
2 t. chili powder
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
1/2 t. oregano
1 t. sugar
1/2 chipotle powder
1 medium can of tomato sauce
1 regular sized can of Rotel tomatoes
1/4 cup of water
Brown ground beef and onions in large skillet. Drain the grease and return to the same deep skillet. Add all the spices to the meat and stir well. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Put the tomato sauce and Rotel tomatoes and water into the blender until smooth. Pour this tomato mix into the skillet with the meat mixture. Let this cook down, uncovered on medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally. You can melt cheese and put meat in tortilla. Add your favorite fixings. I like mine best on tortilla chips.
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