Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Not in the mood for chicken?

We weren't! So, I went and made Thursday's meal tonight instead. Nothing wrong with that - my menu plan is just a suggestion anyway!!! I'm strict with the kids, but not my supper schedule! ;) This was a nice change from the usual tacos or chalupas. The kids really loved the fry bread. It's sad I know, but I think this was my first time to knead dough in about 14 years!!! LOL! Yep, my "do-boy" had to work late tonight ;) I really dreaded doing the bread but it was so easy and not time consuming at all. Just a big mess - flour, oil, and me -- not a good combination. But the proof is in the photo - doesn't it look tasty? Let me know if you give it a try :o)

Fry Bread Tacos

1 pound ground beef
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 (15.5 ounce) can pinto beans, with liquid
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
1/2 cup picante sauce

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
4 cups oil for frying, or as needed

Combine beans and 2 tablespoons of picante sauce in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook until heated through. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef with taco seasoning mix according to seasoning mix package directions. Cover, and keep warm while you prepare the fry bread.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in milk, and mix until the dough comes together. Add more flour if necessary to be able to handle the dough. On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth, at least 5 minutes. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.

Heat oil in a large, deep heavy skillet to 365 degrees F (180 degrees C). Oil should be about 1 1/2 inches deep. Break off 3/4 cup sized pieces of dough, and shape into round discs 1/4 inch in thickness, making a thinner depressed area in the center. Fry breads in the hot oil until golden on both sides, turning only once. Drain on paper towels.

Top fry bread with beans, ground beef, lettuce and cheese. Spoon picante sauce over. You can also top with other of your favorite taco toppings, such as onion, sour cream or guacamole.

1 comment:

Andreea said...

this looks really good! a great dinner alternative. great photo btw :)