My husband introduced me to what he calls “Barstow Tacos.” It’s a type of taco that a friend taught his mother how to make when they were living in Barstow, CA. To be fair, my husband is Mexican, and I have no idea what kind of tacos his family ate before they started making these.
I personally grew up with store bought taco shells filled with ground beef, just like on the box. These, were a revelation. My younger brother asks us all the time to let him know when we plan on making these. At first, we only had Barstow tacos when my husband cooked, I was way too intimidated to fry anything. But now, I make these at least twice a month, and sometimes my husband will make them on a camp stove when we are camping.
I love this recipe when we have unexpected company because a pound of ground beef can feed a mess of people, and everyone loves tacos.
There is no set recipe because it is so easy! I usually take about a pound of ground beef, no fattier than an 80/20 mix, and mix in some taco seasoning. Feel free to use as much or as little, or your own spice combination. I use 1/4 to a 1/3 of a cup of McCormick’s Taco Seasoning, which we get at Costco, and usually add about a teaspoon of salt. Mix the raw meat and seasonings with your hands in a bowl.
Grab a stack of corn tortillas, and using your hands, spread some of the raw meat mixture on a little less than half of the corn tortilla and press it into the tortilla until about 1/4 inch thick.
Repeat the process on each tortilla until you run out of meat mixture and you have a huge stack. I can usually get two dozen tacos from a pound of meat, which means you can always stretch it thinner if you want, depending on how much meat you put on each tortilla.
Next heat about a half an inch of oil in a frying pan to medium high heat. Once it’s hot, lay a tortilla with the meat in the oil and then fold the tortilla over using tongs. The pan I used tonight, I was able to fry four tacos at a time.
Fry a couple minutes on each side and then drain the oil from the tacos and place them in a paper towel lined container. Assemble your toppings, the best part! We do shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, sour cream, salsa, ranch dressing, and hot sauce. Crack open your tacos and add your toppings!
I hope everyone enjoys these as much as we do!