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My Favorite Taco Recipe (Mom’s) Quick & Easy

Things were pretty simple in the 70’s.   I remember shag carpet and an avocado-colored refrigerator.  I remember polyester pants and our big, green station wagon with the seat in the way back that faced backwards.  I remember playing outside for hours with kids in the neighborhood, not reliant upon any electronic toys to make us happy.  I remember walking a mile or so to school at a very young age without parents having to worry.  And most of all I remember the dinners that my Mom used to make.  In my first 7 years of life, there were six people at our dinner table each night.  We had quite a lot of canned or frozen vegetables- they were affordable & easy for working parents.   Mom always had her favorites that she liked to make- things that were quick & easy and fed a lot of people:  chili, spaghetti, beef burgundy, split pea soup, boxed spice cake, and butterscotch Jell-O Pudding.  But what I remember most about Mom’s favorites was our favorite dinner of all:  Mom’s Tacos.

I’ve adapted her recipe a bit (she used to use a taco seasoning packet, & in all honesty, she’d nix the Ro-Tel), but here are the basics:

I buy a package of ground beef and a package of turkey.  Then I divide them each in half and mix them together.  You can use half for your recipe & freeze the rest for when you make tacos again in a couple of weeks.  The seasoning is a mix of chili, cumin & garlic powders with oregano, salt & pepper.  The beans are what I remember most about Mom’s Tacos.  I’m pretty sure she snuck the beans in there so the filling would feed more people.  It was a smart thing to do, really.  My brother had quite the healthy appetite (he’s 6’4″ now) and tacos were (and still are) his absolute favorite.  There were never any leftover tacos.  I’ve added the Ro-Tel to expand that filling even more… and it’s mild enough that it just adds some good flavor and not a lot of spice.

Here’s the how-to:

Here’s my little secret- I tilt the pan and use a bunched up paper towel to soak up the extra fat.   Use tongs to pick up the soaked towel and throw it away.

You can tuck these into either flour or corn tortillas.  Mom always fried corn tortillas in oil for her tacos.  A company called Tortilla Land recently contacted me to see if I’d like to test out one of their products- corn tortillas.  There was something that caught my attention about these tortillas- they’re a “fresh” product sold in the refrigerated section- and they’re cooked up in just 60 seconds.  I was told that they have the flavor, taste & aroma of an authentic, homemade tortilla  (without the hassle of making your own).  There are no preservatives, no cholesterol & no saturated fat.  Two tortillas have 120 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.

They’re currently being sold at select Costco stores.  The package that I got my hands on contains four packages of 12 tortillas.  The expiration date is a couple of months from now.  I’m pretty sure I can plow through 48 tortillas in two months.  The tortillas are separated by thin layers of plastic.

Then stuff your tortillas with filling & whatever your favorite taco toppings are.

This is pretty much the way Mom used to serve them in the 70’s.  She used iceberg lettuce though.  And the avocado is my Southern California addition 🙂  This recipe is also Gluten-Free, which is something my Mom needs to watch nowadays.

As for the tortillas, I’m pretty impressed with the product.  I’m a Mexican food fanatic, and living in SoCal, I eat at authentic Mexican restaurants quite often.  I have to say that these are pretty fair competition to homemade.  They were delicious.  Most corn tortillas tend to crack and fall apart as you’re eating your tacos.  These tortillas do not fall apart.

My recipe for the tacos can be printed out here:  Mom’s Tacos.

To be a fair judge of how I these tortillas really tasted, I had to try them in a more simple way… so I gave them the old college try (literally).  I heated them up and gave them a spread of butter and honey (something I used to do in college as a quick, easy & affordable sweet treat).  This is a nice kid-friendly snack too.  Good stuff, really 🙂

I’m doing a little giveaway for these tortillas. If you’d like to have a chance to try them out & have 48 tortillas delivered via Fed-Ex to you, please leave a comment below with valid email address. Tell me what you’d do with a whole bunch of tortillas! Please leave one comment per person. You must be a resident of the USA to enter. I’ll choose a comment randomly on Sunday evening, August 22nd & will post the winner here.

This giveaway is now closed. The randomly selected winner is comment #56: Ericka, who says, “I would make a whole arangement of tacos, fish, beef, chicken, shrimp. I would definitely try the honey/butter combo on them too! I used to use butter and cinnamon/sugar on flour tortillas!” Congratulations, Ericka. I’ll be contacting you via email to get your mailing address. Have fun w/ these tortillas!

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113 Responses to “My Favorite Taco Recipe (Mom’s) Quick & Easy”

  1. postedAug 20, 2010 12:36 AM

    Wow, these tortillas look amazing! Yum – I would love to see how they taste! I would love to use these tortillas to make my favorite vegetarian tacos – roasted poblano peppers and goat cheese. YUM!

  2. postedAug 20, 2010 2:00 AM

    I would love to try these tortillas! They sound great! If I had a bunch of them, I would try this delicious recipe that you’ve provided us with. It sounds absolutely yummy! Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. postedAug 20, 2010 4:54 AM

    I would LOVE these tortillas. I moved from CA to the South a few years ago. I miss Mexican food the most!!!! I would make fish tacos & some sort of enchilada with these tortillas.

  4. postedAug 20, 2010 4:54 AM
    Hannah T

    Those tortillas look so yummy! I think I’d make green chile enchiladas.

  5. postedAug 20, 2010 5:10 AM

    Oh, I’d probably make the ONLY vegetarian meal that my husband actually looks forward to… Zuchinni and Corn Quesadillas. I think they would really be fantastic with these tortilla! Now I’m hungry just thinking about it…

  6. postedAug 20, 2010 5:14 AM

    Looks awesome, Lori. I do the same trick with the paper towel. : )

  7. postedAug 20, 2010 5:18 AM

    I would also make taco’s with these tortillas!

  8. postedAug 20, 2010 5:47 AM

    I would make shrimp tacos! I’m so intrigued…my husband gets so frustrated when his tortillas fall apart. This could be a fabulous solution!

  9. postedAug 20, 2010 6:05 AM

    Mmmm, tacos. Why oh why do I read food blogs first thing in the morning? I’m so hungry now! I’d used these tortillas for tacos, of course. I think they’d be a great excuse to have a Mexican themed party!

  10. postedAug 20, 2010 6:06 AM
    Sally O

    I would make chicken quesadillas and fish tacos. I’m a SO CA person and love my Mexican food.

  11. postedAug 20, 2010 6:08 AM

    Now that is one good looking taco recipe…..much, much better than the box recipe I make!!!!
    First I would try your sweet treat…looks so yummy.
    Would love to try these tortillas!

  12. postedAug 20, 2010 6:58 AM

    Sounds like a great product. Wish we had a Costco here. 🙁

    Those tacos look pretty terrific too! Instead of whole beans, I often mix in some refried beans. It gives a little extra flavor and texture. Plus, it keeps the meat from spilling out all over your plate! 😉

  13. postedAug 20, 2010 7:17 AM

    My husband and I are from New Mexico, but live in Georgia now thanks to the Air Force. We LOVE tortillas, so I’d like to see how these actually taste. I’ll probably end up looking for them on our next Costco run, but it’d be awesome to try them for free before then 🙂

    Oh, and I’d use them for anything and everything: quesadillas, tacos, nachos, taco burger, etc!

  14. postedAug 20, 2010 7:25 AM

    Your mom had it down pat 🙂 My surfer will love these. And those tortillas look amazing in your photos!

  15. postedAug 20, 2010 7:26 AM

    I love simple dishes like this, throwbacks to the way my mother and grandmother cooked. And I’d really love to get some good tortillas!

  16. postedAug 20, 2010 7:26 AM

    Oh my gosh! We make mexican at least once a week…enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, etc. These would definitely go without question in our house!

  17. postedAug 20, 2010 7:27 AM
    Ann Marie

    Yum! What a great recipe. I would love to have the tortillas delivered to my home and try the recipe.
    Thank you.

  18. postedAug 20, 2010 7:30 AM

    Oh, I would definitely try your sweet treat with those tortillas! Sign me us!

  19. postedAug 20, 2010 7:31 AM

    What would I do with tortillas? EAT THEM!

  20. postedAug 20, 2010 7:33 AM

    Wow, those tortillas look wonderful! I would cook them up and serve them with beans and sour cream, cheese, and salsa. It’s one of my favorite meals.

  21. postedAug 20, 2010 7:42 AM

    I wonder if they sell them in NY? They look so good!!!

  22. postedAug 20, 2010 7:52 AM

    I would love these tortillas. I would make my chicken tacacitas. Yum Yum!!

  23. postedAug 20, 2010 7:57 AM

    Those tacos look so good. Think I need to make these soon 🙂

  24. postedAug 20, 2010 8:02 AM

    With 48 tortillas, I’d have to have a neighborhood fiesta! Love any excuse to get together with friends! 🙂

  25. postedAug 20, 2010 8:07 AM

    What happened to flatten enchiladas? They were huge in Arizona in the 80’s. Make a great chicken and chile filling, then lay out a tortilla flat, add filling, tortilla flat, more filling and then third flat tortilla as a topped. Pout enchilada sauce over the pile and under the broiler with some cheese. Good eating.

  26. postedAug 20, 2010 8:35 AM

    I’d have a taco party!!

  27. postedAug 20, 2010 8:37 AM

    We make tacos often (in fact, last night), so these tortillas would be great!

  28. postedAug 20, 2010 8:38 AM

    Two words: FISH TACOS. I’ve been meaning to try out making fish tacos with some ahi tuna for a long, long time. The only thing I’m unsure of is some kind of marinade to go with it. But I’d work that out in the meantime!

  29. postedAug 20, 2010 9:03 AM

    I would make Cafe Rio Salad! I love that salad with a good tortilla!

  30. postedAug 20, 2010 9:09 AM

    Best darn looking Taco’s I ever did see…will definitely try this out!!!! Love your blog!

  31. postedAug 20, 2010 9:29 AM

    I would whip up some chicken enchiladas-YUM!

  32. postedAug 20, 2010 9:33 AM

    These tortillas look yummy!! I’ve tried the flour ones from Costco but never seen the corn!! I would definitely make some tacos!!

  33. postedAug 20, 2010 9:37 AM
    Zahra Duffy

    oh man! My husband eats almost EVERYTHING wrapped in a tortilla! I would love to be able to add the homemade touch to something so widely eaten in our household!

  34. postedAug 20, 2010 9:42 AM

    YUM!! I always love tacos in the summer with fresh tomatoes from the garden–makes them that much better. I’ve had the uncooked flour tortillas from Costco, but would love to try the corn ones. : )

  35. postedAug 20, 2010 9:43 AM

    We just did Taco’s last night with spices, ground turkey and black beans. I blogged them but unfortunately mine were a bit more boring. Love your blog. I’m thinking about using whole wheat tortilla’s for better nutritional value. Do you think that would ruin it? I hate when “better” ingredients makes for worse flavor.

  36. postedAug 20, 2010 9:45 AM

    My son doesn’t like fluffy bread and eats tons of stuff on tortillas.

  37. postedAug 20, 2010 9:49 AM

    I would cook one every morning for an egg burrito to eat on my way to work! Fresh tortillas sound WAY better than a stale roll 🙂

  38. postedAug 20, 2010 10:04 AM

    How fun! If I had the opportunity to have 48 fresh tortillas delivered, together with the awesome people I work with at church, we’d have a yummy taco dinner before Friday evening Bible Study. What a great, tasty time we’d have!

  39. postedAug 20, 2010 10:14 AM

    Those look great!! I use the paper towel to mop up grease too.

  40. postedAug 20, 2010 10:18 AM

    Two words, FISH TACOS!

  41. postedAug 20, 2010 10:19 AM

    sounds delicious, i will def. try this.

  42. postedAug 20, 2010 10:34 AM

    Yummm… I’d make tacos, and tostadas and huevos rancheros…. and probably enchiladas … I’ve got to try these tortillas …

  43. postedAug 20, 2010 10:36 AM
    Jennifer M.

    I’d love to try these! My daughter and I have talked about trying to make fish taco’s at home. This would be the perfect opportunity!

  44. postedAug 20, 2010 10:38 AM

    Wow! Those tacos look great. I’d try to make tacos that look as good as yours.

  45. postedAug 20, 2010 10:39 AM
    Sarah j.

    These tortillas look good! I would use them for tacos or quesadillas.

  46. postedAug 20, 2010 10:39 AM

    these tortillas look soooo good! i already buy the uncooked flour tortillas from costco & can’t wait to try these out!! we looove fish tacos in our family!

  47. postedAug 20, 2010 10:59 AM

    I love fish tacos after getting the receipe from you a couple of months back. I also like to make quick pizza’s for my kids. I would love to try them and next time I am at Costco I’m going to be looking for them.

  48. postedAug 20, 2010 11:04 AM

    These look delicious & I will give them a try. I have been wanting tacos lately so this recipe came at just the right time.

  49. postedAug 20, 2010 11:29 AM

    Those look absolutely delicious!! I also love your wooden condiment holder too. What would I do with 48 tortillas? I would first try your taco recipe, then I would make homemade tortilla chips to go with some salsa and guacamole! Have a great weekend 🙂

  50. postedAug 20, 2010 11:30 AM

    These look great! My family loves Mexican food. Unfortunately, there isn’t a Costco close to where I live.

  51. postedAug 20, 2010 11:35 AM

    I would make tacos and maybe even fry them up to make tortilla chips. Thanks!

  52. postedAug 20, 2010 11:42 AM

    Mexican food is a favorite at our house and we eat tacos and enchiladas often. I plan to try out “mom’s tacos” this weekend!

  53. postedAug 20, 2010 11:54 AM

    Yum… those tacos look great! WIll definately be trying out that recipe next week. I am a Mexican food freak so in addition to trying out your recipe I could see using them for shrimp tacos (my new fave), fish tacos (still trying to perfect my recipe), enchiladas (bean for when I’m lazy and/or feeling cheap), and breakfast burritos. Hmm… now I’m craving Mexican food…

  54. postedAug 20, 2010 12:40 PM

    Yum… These look like some seriously good tacos. I love making tacos because the leftovers make great quesadillas… I always make lots of quesadillas when I have tortillas on hand.

  55. postedAug 20, 2010 12:49 PM

    Oh, those tortillas look great! I love the thick corn kind. I’ll have to try your mom’s recipe, too, yum.

  56. postedAug 20, 2010 1:09 PM

    I would make a whole arangement of tacos, fish, beef, chicken, shrimp. I would definatley try the honey/butter combo on them too! I used to use butter and cinammon/sugar on flour tortillas!

  57. postedAug 20, 2010 1:23 PM
    Jeannine Q

    I would love to try these. Looks good to me.

  58. postedAug 20, 2010 1:39 PM
    April in CT

    How exciting!!! I would absolutely love to try these! I would be trying your recipe, fish tacos, cut them up into strips to top taco salad, cut some into chips for a snack with salsa, enchiladas and taquitos. Yeah, I could definitely use these up no problem!

  59. postedAug 20, 2010 1:52 PM

    I’m LOVE corn tortillas & I would make TACOS- fish tacos, chicken tacos, scrambled egg tacos & I want to make your moms taco recipe.

  60. postedAug 20, 2010 1:57 PM

    OMG, I love tortillas with butter and honey too! Except, mostly I use Earth Balance. ‘Cause it spreads faster 🙂 Yum!

  61. postedAug 20, 2010 1:58 PM

    I would love to try them with fresh, grilled fish and all the traditional taco trimmings!

  62. postedAug 20, 2010 2:06 PM

    Whoooa!! Who knew these existed?! Yummmmm!

  63. postedAug 20, 2010 5:34 PM

    Yummy! I would love to try those tacos!! I don’t like how regular corn tortillas fall apart, but these look great!

  64. postedAug 20, 2010 6:37 PM

    My favorite taco recipe is my mom’s too! I always grew up with hard taco shells though. These look amazing (um, it’s hard to talk about how good tacos look without sounding dirty!) Oh and I discovered Ro-Tel just a couple months ago thanks to you and your enchiladas 🙂

  65. postedAug 20, 2010 6:52 PM
    Alison M.

    My husband and I love anything with tortillas…taco, burritos, fajitas. I even warm them up, spread on some butter, and enjoy them for breakfast!

  66. postedAug 20, 2010 7:37 PM

    I would definitely use your taco recipe on my guinea pigs (aka as they are used to my ‘experimenting’… so far the yays outweigh the nays. LOL! 🙂

  67. postedAug 20, 2010 7:42 PM

    Oh! I’ve been trying to find these tortillas but my Costco doesn’t carry them. I would do with them exactly what you did….tacos!! And your treat with the butter and honey (and maybe some cinnamon) sounds really good right now too!

  68. postedAug 20, 2010 7:50 PM

    I would make vegetarian burritos, because I love them sooo much!

  69. postedAug 20, 2010 8:53 PM

    I would make spinach andushroom enchiladas, tacos, cinnamon tortillas- the list is endless! Thanks!

  70. postedAug 20, 2010 9:32 PM

    Ooooh, I would try turning them into bowls and then make Taco salad! That would be a lot of fun and sounds yummy with your easy taco filling.

  71. postedAug 21, 2010 4:08 AM

    I would make trays of mexican food for Girl Scouts and of course feed my family!

  72. postedAug 21, 2010 4:29 AM

    I haven’t heard of those tortillas, I bet they taste great! We must be around the same age as I have very similar 70’s memories of mom! 🙂

  73. postedAug 21, 2010 4:34 AM

    Yum!!! This recipe is going into next week’s dinner menu for sure!

  74. postedAug 21, 2010 5:32 AM

    I bet these tortillas would taste like the ones I had at a mexican restuarant in San Deigo many years ago. I haven’t had any since then that really taste homemade.Your recipe sounds awsome!

  75. postedAug 21, 2010 5:40 AM

    There is nothing better than a great, fresh tortilla. I would definately make fish tacos with them. YUM!!!

  76. postedAug 21, 2010 5:45 AM

    Tortillas + scrambled eggs + tomatoes + diced ham + avocado + queso cheese = breakfast. yummy!

  77. postedAug 21, 2010 6:11 AM
    Teresa D

    Loving this recipe for the Mom’s Tacos and their GF and no oil prep are plus’es! I too have similar memories of the 70’s such as you. I would love to win these tortillas, feeding 2 college students and their friends this year and from breakfast dishes to late nite snacks it won’t take us long to use these up!

  78. postedAug 21, 2010 6:47 AM

    I’d loveloveLOVE to win tortillas! Time to make enchiladas… or salmon tacos

  79. postedAug 21, 2010 7:00 AM
    Sharon L. Brown

    Your childhood sounds similar to mine! I would love to try these tortillas. Mexican is my fav and I make alot of tacos and enchiladas. I am picky about my corn tortillas so I would very much like to try these. Thanks

  80. postedAug 21, 2010 7:15 AM
    Juli Jones

    yum….there’s enough of those tortillas for me to make a lot of different stuff for my family of 4…..enchiladas would be top on the list, followed by tacos and probably some wraps of some sort….looks great!

  81. postedAug 21, 2010 7:23 AM
    oregon judy

    I’d use them to soak up my mole’ sauce.

  82. postedAug 21, 2010 7:33 AM

    That’s easy! My favorite food in the world is enchiladas and I’d use most of them for some creamy chicken and maybe the beef kind I was raised on. I’d also make some soft tacos–probably fish b/c I love them so much!

  83. postedAug 21, 2010 7:55 AM

    These sound so good. I have a corn tortilla press, but haven’t used it yet. This sounds better—not having to make them, but with authentic flavor!

  84. postedAug 21, 2010 8:06 AM
    Judy Jursch

    Oh let me count the ways!! We have fish, chicken or shrimp tacos at least once a week, I would make a chicken tortilla casserole, I would also slice the tortillas in strips or little triangles and either fry or bake them into tortilla chips/strips (strips for salads), I would make cheese or chicken enchiladas, I would serve the tortillas as a side (bread) dish with butter…I can go on and on and on….the possibilities are endless!! 🙂

  85. postedAug 21, 2010 8:10 AM

    These would be fab for fish tacos! Maybe even some home made chips and guacamole- I’m hungry now!

  86. postedAug 21, 2010 9:58 AM

    They look soooo good! Having them delivered would be wonderful since I am house bound most of the time as a care giver to my hubby. It’s difficult asking someone to go shopping for really good, authentic tortillas. The taco ingredients are easy enough for someone to pickup at my local market. Enjoying your Mom’s taco recipe would turn out much nicer with the real thing!

  87. postedAug 21, 2010 10:51 AM
    Kim Zuniga

    I would love to try these tortillas. My 14 year old son eats at least 3 or 4 quesadillas a day. What a nice change for him to have a “fresh” tortilla and Mom, too.
    P.S. New to your website and LOVE IT!!
    Thanks for the great recipes.

  88. postedAug 21, 2010 11:07 AM
    ruth anne shorter

    I would make green tacos with a chicken filling. I got this delicious recipe from a gal who lived there after marrying a national. Yummy!!!!! I hate those things that are not refrigerated!!

  89. postedAug 21, 2010 11:08 AM

    Id make your mom’s taco recipe…it looks delish. Since im pregnant, I dont think id have a hard time using up 48 tacos! 🙂

  90. postedAug 21, 2010 12:02 PM

    Ok, Lori, maybe we’re sisters from another life. My parents had the green refrigerator (and my mom had the pea green KA to match). And we had the big green station wagon with the last seat facing backwards. Yep, long walks to school (uphill both ways no doubt! 😉 Lots of playing around the neighborhood with no thought of worry!
    And my mom also made great tacos!
    The tacos are a lot the same, but mom would put quite a bit of oil in the pan to toast up the corn tortillas. She wouldn’t leave them in either side for very long. Course, I would never cook that way now, but I remember the grease just dripping out of those tacos, SO GOOD!
    And I remember she’d always put butter, cinnamon and sugar on leftover tortillas. Honey would be great!
    We must be about the same age with similar parents! Great post.

  91. postedAug 21, 2010 12:48 PM

    You took me right back to my fav time..The 70’s..Life was simple and fun and not so many worries!
    I loved my avocado kitchen appliances( mid seventies).
    I could go on and on about the seventies..great memories!
    What to do with all those Tortillas shells???
    Make Taco movie nights till they are gone of course,now I’m so hungry for Taco’s.
    Thanks !

  92. postedAug 21, 2010 1:31 PM

    I would love to make a dessert with tortillas. 🙂

  93. postedAug 21, 2010 1:35 PM

    We eat corn tortillas at least 2-3 times a week. These look DELISH!

  94. postedAug 21, 2010 1:45 PM

    Um….yes please!! Every Sunday we have my in-laws over for dinner. I would use it for dinner with them. It also happens to be my 12 yr anniversary tomorrow so I’m hoping for a little good luck. 🙂
    Fun giveaway. Thanks!

  95. postedAug 21, 2010 1:49 PM

    Those look so yummy! If I won I think I would have a big fiesta for my whole family while my sister was in town.

  96. postedAug 21, 2010 1:59 PM

    Tacos, burritos, you name it!!! OMGOSH YUM!!!

  97. postedAug 21, 2010 3:43 PM

    OMG those tacos look fabulous and I think that I would have to create a special recipe just for these tortillas. Maybe a chicken , spinich artichoke and garlic enchilada casserole. They just sound devine and I can’t wait to look for them at my local costco. I too am a Sso. Cal

  98. postedAug 21, 2010 5:48 PM

    MMMM. Love good fresh Tortillas!

  99. postedAug 21, 2010 5:57 PM

    We love mexican food, we have it almost once a week. I would try then first with my new favorite pineapple and green chili pork, then next would be just good old fashion tacos!!

  100. postedAug 21, 2010 8:12 PM

    Oh my word those look yummy! I bet there moist too, not like the already cooked ones that crack and fall apart! Well any way I would make those tacos, and that yummy sweet treat you shared, and some enchilada’s, ohhh the possibilities!

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