Taco Night

For Ma’s birthday I made taco’s with all the fixins.

I started with fresh guacamole.


I bought avocado’s & limes from a local Mexican store located on Fort St in Lincoln Park: Abarrotes Sin Limite & Taqueria. Whenever I buy avocados from Kroger or Meijer they either aren’t ripe or they are rotten. When I buy them @ this local grocery store they are perfectly ripe and less expensive. I bought 3 avocado’s, 2 limes, and one package of small tortillas and my total came to $4.65. That’s so cheap! 

Abarrotes Sin Limite & Taqueria on Urbanspoon

Combine 2 avocados, 1/4 small diced onion, 1 clove of garlic, juice of 1 lime, salt, pepper, and red pepper seasoning for a little heat.

I left out tomato, but add it if you like.

Tip: Place the pit of the avocado in the guacamole to prevent it from turning brown in the fridge. Lime juice also works.


Taco Meat

Next, I browned up 1 lb of ground turkey and drained the grease.

Saute with onions and peppers and season with cumin salt, and pepper.

I added one package of taco seasoning and 1 small can of tomato sauce. I like using tomato sauce versus just water because it creates a thicker sauce.

Let simmer on low heat to marry all the flavors together for 20 min.


Fried Corn Relish

While the meat is simmering, I saute onions and peppers in olive oil and butter.

Add corn and saute on medium-high heat until corn gets browned.

Butter is great for browning and you may need to add another tablespoons to help the corn along.


Since I have issues when it comes to making rice, I cheated and went to Taco Especial located on Southfield Rd in Ecorse, and bought authentic Spanish rice and refried beans. This is a local Mexican restaurant that I have been going to ever since I was little and it’s pretty tasty.

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I thinly sliced carrots, yellow bell peppers, and green onions.

I chopped romaine mix with purple cabbage & spinach.

Top with your favorite cheese, sour cream, guacamole, veggies, and corn relish.


I fried flour tortillas in olive oil to give them a slight crispy crunch.



Our taco dinner turned out great and Ma was very impressed with the meal. Tacos are also great for any meal including game day!!



Homemade Applesauce

One of the reasons I love September is because Ma makes some pretty amazing applesauce. She normally gathers apples from Blocks Stand and Greenhouse in Romulus, but if she can get good deals @ Meijer or Kroger she will take advantage. We still like to support local when we can, though.

Applesauce with love, pear, and raisins:

-Peel and core one bag of apples (8-10 makes about 4 servings).

-Let the apples hang out in cold water while you peel the rest  to prevent browning.

-Simmer in a pot until soft and tender and applesauce starts to form (takes about a half hour).

-Add a couple tablespoons of granulated sugar (brown sugar is sweeter, so use less if you prefer brown).

Tip: Adding 1-2 pears and a handful of raisins add sweetness.


My mom likes it a little tart, but I like to add a little more sugar. You could add nuts if you like as well or get creative and make this as a filling to a pie or empanada (Idea, Janet)!