Again, these are really bad for you, but here’s how I make them.  Keep in mind I made them for football, so I was cooking for a group of people not just Dave and I.  I honestly can’t remember the last time I did that.

Ingredients:

2 tomatoes

1 head of lettuce

3 avocadosTACO

2 Lbs. of hamburger

1 can refried beans

16oz. sour cream

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 pack corn tortillas

1/2 pack taco seasoning

1 pack guacamole seasoning

1 cup of Crisco – vegetable shortening

I start by washing and dicing the tomatoes, I put them in a dish in the refrigerator. I wash the lettuce and cut it into shreds, I put this back in the frig too.  I use two of the avocados to make guacamole.  I use a store bought seasoning, so I just follow those instructions.  I save the other avocado to slice up later.  Then I start frying the hamburger.  When it is almost all brown, I drain the grease.  Then I add half of the pack of taco seasoning. I don’t like to use the whole pack because I think too much of it can over power the taste of everything else.  I add some water per the package instructions, and I let it simmer on low.  Now for the fun part.  I get out a pack of napkins and a paper plate.  I put a couple of napkins on the plate, and a stack next to that.  I then start melting 1 cup of shortening in a deep fry pan.  I use a wok type pan.  I let the oil heat up on medium high, don’t let it smoke, you don’t wanna burn the house down.  Once the shortening is hot I put in a corn tortilla.  It sizzles and pops, after about 45 seconds I use tongs to flip the tortilla over and cook for another 45 seconds.  When it’s cooked, I take it out and put the next one in the pan.  I take the cooked shell and place it on the plate with napkins to soak up some of the grease.  I then put a napkin on top of it which I will put the next tortilla on.  When all of the tortilla shells are cooked, I turn off the oil and let it cool at the back of the stove.  You have to be very careful the oil is really hot and flammable.

I throw the refried beans in a dish and heat them up in the microwave.  I also turn off the meat and put it into a dish.  I always serve these ‘build your own’ style.  So I put out the taco shells, meat, beans, sour cream, avocado slices, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and cheese and let people decide for themselves what they want.  I’ll look up the numbers for these tomorrow, but right now I can tell you that the shortening has 3.5 grams of saturated fat in just one tablespoon.

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