Swedish Tacos
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Swedish Tacos
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Last updated 6/12/2012 12:53:14 AM. Recipe ID 15033. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Swedish tacos
 Categories: Ground beef, Original, Ceideburg 2
      Yield: 1 Servings
      1 lb Frozen ground beef
      1    Package corn tortillas
      2    To 4 cloves of garlic,
      2 md Yellow onions or 1 huge one
      2    To 22 hot chilies
      1 lg Block of cheddar cheese
      2    Or 3 tomatoes
           Head of iceburg lettuce
           Olive oil and peanut oil
  I've decided to share++at long last++the only two recipes I can call
  my own.  Both these were developed before I really knew how to cook,
  in times of poverty (which seems to come and go with alarming
  regularity). They're good and cheap, an unbeatable combination.
  Here's number one... Copious quantities of ice cold beer is the best
  accompaniment for this. This dish is a truly international one and
  bears little resemblance to anything from either Sweden (I'm part
  Swedish++hence the name) or Mexico. The inspiration is Mexican, the
  utensils and some of the techniques used are Chinese, the ingredients
  are all-American (with the exception of the tortillas). It's "peasant
  food" in the best tradition++ cheap, full of flavor, healthy and
  satisfying.  I cooked these so often that I got to where I could
  knock out a complete, filling dinner++even with the frozen
  hamburger++in less than half an hour.  Follow the recipe closely++ at
  least the first time to see what it's s'pposed to taste like. I've
  never had anyone dislike this recipe, with the possible exception of
  a vegetarian or two. Slice and dice first.  Put everything into
  separate serving dishes as you cut 'em. Smash the garlic cloves,
  remove the skins and mince coarsely. Chop the onions into pieces
  about a quarter to half an inch square. Dice or slice the hot
  chilies.  Grate the cheddar on the side of the grater with the big
  round holes.  Cut the tomatoes into chunks about the same size as the
  onions or a little larger.  Shred the lettuce finely++ into strips
  maybe 1/8 inch wide. The essence of this dish is textured savoriness.
  The sharp cheddar, hot chilies, and yellow onions all contribute
  without overpowering one another. The tomatoes, besides adding a nice
  acidy zing, also give moisture. But the key to the savoriness and to
  the unique taste of the dish lies in the first two steps involving
  the garlic, onions and hamburger. Cheap hamburger is used because it
  has a high fat content and lots of taste. I've made this with chopped
  sirloin and the like and believe me, the result is definitely
  inferior to using the cheap stuff. Now that you've got everything
  sliced, diced and chopped you can start cooking. Actually, I usually
  do these first couple of steps prior to doing most of the cutting.
  That speeds things up a bit. Heat a wok over high heat and put in a
  nice dollop of peanut oil++ about 2 tablespoons or so.  Let it heat
  for a minute then toss in the minced garlic, followed a second or two
  later by about 2/3rds of the chopped yellow onion++the rest goes on
  the table, raw. Right about now, it's gonna start smelling good in
  the ol' kitchen. Stir the onions and garlic and reduce the heat to
  medium. Take the frozen hamburger out of its wrapping and put it in
  the wok as is. Smoosh it down and push the onions and garlic out of
  the way so the surface of the frozen hamburger is in contact with the
  hot surface of the wok. If you haven't already whacked up everything
  else, now's the time to get on that. As the hamburger browns, scrape
  off the done surface with a slotted spoon or spatula of some sort.
  This goes on during the whole cooking time. Flip the block of meat
  over and scrape off the browned bits.  Let the other side brown a bit
  then repeat the process.  The idea is to brown both the onions and
  the garlic well. Big no-no's, I know, but I was young and ignorant
  and what did I know. As it turns out it was a happy mistake. The
  browned onions and garlic give an nice sharp, distinctive savoriness
  to the finished dish. I salt the meat periodically while it's
  cooking. The reason for using frozen hamburger is that when it's all
  finally cooked, you'll have bits of meat ranging all the way from
  well done and crunchy to nearly raw. This gives a very interesting
  texture and deepens the range of tastes. You may need to lower the
  heat under the wok toward the end to avoid over cooking the meat. And
  the bits will all be steeped in the wonderful juices from the cooking
  onions and garlic.  Sometimes I drain the meat at the end of cooking,
  sometimes I don't.  It depends on how fatty the meat is. These should
  have taste, but not be grease- burgers. You should be through
  chopping the rest of the stuff about the time the meat gets done.
  Now's the time to tackle the tortillas.  I prefer soft tortillas over
  the deep fried, crunchy shells. I use an old, cast iron griddle that
  fits over two burners. I heat the griddle over a medium fire, then
  pour a bit of olive oil onto it. This doesn't add any taste, but the
  aroma while the tortillas are cooking is heavenly!  I warm two
  tortillas at a time, flip them over and let them cook a bit more.  As
  they're done, I put them on a plate covered with pot lid to keep them
  warm. Soon as the tortillas are done, put everything on the table in
  the individual bowls and dig in. Everyone assembles their own tacos
  according to their tastes. My method is to put on a layer of
  meat++not too thick, then a layer of the chopped hot chilies, a layer
  of cheddar, a layer of chopped raw onions, then tomatoes and finally
  a layer of iceberg lettuce.  Just before folding I anoint the whole
  mess liberally with Tabasco sauce.  I've also used Jamaican
  Pickapeppa sauce and it's quite good on these too.  Season with salt
  during assembly if you like. The finished dish is an incredible
  medley of tastes and textures, each distinct and flavorful, with at
  least two distinct kinds of hotness. Great food that you eat with
  your fingers. What could be better?
  Posted by Stephen Ceideberg; August 25 1992.

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