Wednesday, April 25, 2018

El Rancho Tacos

I love taco meat. When I buy ground chuck in a family pack, I will often come home and turn that entire family pack of meat, whether three pounds or five, into taco meat. I will then freeze it in individual 1-pound containers, so that I have it on hand anytime I need it, and, trust me when I tell you, I need it often.

I honestly can’t think of any other meat filling that is so versatile. First of all, you can make tacos, natch. Second, you can mound it on top of the simplest of green salads, top it with your preferred taco toppers, and you have a delicious homemade taco salad. Third, it can be stirred into queso to make a delicious hot dip. You can even have it for breakfast, mounded on top of an omelet and drizzled with salsa. I have even been known to make a Sloppy José (a sloppy joe using taco meat), and it is delicious!

This is my favorite way to make it and employs the use of the
Ultimate Taco Seasoning that I told you about yesterday, as well as a packet of ranch dressing. Somehow the combination of the two gives this such a wonderful flavor. Try this, and you will be making it in huge proportions like I do, and devouring it with gusto.
El Rancho Tacos

2 pounds ground chuck
4 heaping tablespoons Ultimate Taco Seasoning
1 1-ounce package Ranch Salad Dressing Mix
1-1/3 cups water
2 teaspoons minced garlic*
Juice of 1/2 lime

In a 10”-12” sauté pan over medium heat, cook ground beef until brown. Drain fat on a paper towel-lined plate, and return beef to pan. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Turn heat to high and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and allow to simmer for 20-25 minutes until most of the liquid has cooked down. Serve in tortillas or taco shells with your favorite toppings, or in any way that you see fit. You can even eat it with a spoon.

*In a hurry? Make life easier by using Melissa’s Chopped Garlic, so easy, and from a company that you can trust.

Be sure to check out this post for Ultimate Taco Seasoning in order to make your tacos the best!

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Alycia Nichols said...

Ranch dressing mix? Really??? OK...I’ll try it! Goodness knows ranch dressing mix makes a LOT of things delicious!

Thelma said...

I will certainly try this with a family pack of ground beef. A great idea. Thanks for sharing.

sandy said...

wow love the deliciousness in the photos. will show mike this.

Linda said...

oh wow, the ranch dressing mix sounds amazing! Your photos, as usual, are making me drool early in the morning. ;)

Miz Helen said...

Your homemade Taco Seasoning will sure make these Tacos delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday for the party this week. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
Miz Helen

Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

Delivery please! My mouth is watering and I am going to need about 2 dozen, no make that 3 dozen. They look so good!

Miz Helen said...

Your post has been featured on Full Plate Thursday and we are pinning it to our Features Board. Thanks so much for sharing with us and enjoy your new Red Plate!
Miz Helen