Taco Night

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

I started with fresh guacamole.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Toppings

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.

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

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

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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.

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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)!