Step 1: You will need
- 8 Corn Tortillas
- 2 cups (500ml) Vegetable Oil
- 900 g Ground Beef
- 1/2 Head Shredded Lettuce
- 110 g Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
- 1 tsp Finely Chopped Garlic
- 1 tsp Crushed Dried Oregano
- 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
- 1/2 cups Chopped Tomatoes
- 1/2 cups Chopped Onions
- 1/2 cups Chopped Bell Peppers
- 1 Can of Tomatoes Sauce
- 1/2 tsp Crushed Dried Oregano
- 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Ground Cumin
- Salt to Taste
- Sour Cream
- Lime Wedges
Step 2: Make The Meat Filling
Heat two tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet. Then add the onions, bell peppers, and garlic. Sauté for a few minutes until the vegetables start to soften. Then add the tomatoes, oregano, black pepper, cumin, and salt. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning. Once the vegetables are soft add the ground beef to the skillet. Use your spoon to break up the ground beef and incorporate it into the vegetable mixture. Let this cook, uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the meat is completely browned and the flavors have combined well.
Step 3: Make The Sauce
While the meat is cooking make the taco sauce. To do this you will need a small bowl. In the bowl, combine the entire can of tomato sauce, oregano, black pepper, cumin, and salt to taste. Mix with a spoon. Set aside for use later.
Step 4: Prepare The Shells
Pour two cups (273 ml) of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium/high heat. Allow it to cook until hot. Also, take a griddle or another frying pan and heat it over medium heat.
Quick Tip: In order to tell if the cooking oil is hot and ready to use, place the tip of a wooden spoon in the center of the skillet. If bubbles form around the spoon then you know that you oil is hot and ready to go.
Take one tortilla and place it on the warm griddle or frying pan. Allow it to warm for about a minute on each side. Using tongs, remove it from the pan and place it in the hot oil, just long enough to coat the entire tortilla in oil. Remove the tortilla from the oil and allow the excess oil to drip from the tortilla. Then place the tortilla on a plate. Repeat this step for all of the tortillas.
Step 5: Fill The Shells
Take one of the tortillas and place it on a flat surface. Fill the tortilla with a handful of the ground beef. Fold the tortilla in half and secure it with toothpicks. Use one toothpick on the top, and one on each side of the tortilla, so the meat will not fall out. Repeats this step for each of the tortillas.
Step 6: Fry Taco
Re-heat the oil in the frying pan. Place one taco at a time in the hot oil. Make sure to use your tongs when flipping the tacos. You should leave the taco in the oil for about 5 minutes or until it is nice and crispy. Remove each taco from the oil and set it aside. Repeat this step for each of the tacos.
Step 7: Top The Taco
Remove the toothpicks from the taco. Then open up your taco and place a small handful of lettuce, some Monterey Jack cheese and some taco sauce into each shell. Repeat this step for each of the tacos.
You have the option of serving the tacos with some sour cream, guacamole and lime wedges.