It’s taco night!

Ah, taco night. Who doesn’t love taco night? Regardless of what night you make your family dance with joy, have I got a recipe for you to try! Put down that packet and makes these easy and delicious “from scratch” tacos. These are perfect for “Taco Tuesday” or your next football party. Hey, the Super Bowl is right around the corner – you could be the star of that party! Spicy but not causing anyone to breathe fire, these tacos are meaty, flavorful, fabulous, and certainly won’t be forgotten anytime soon. Enjoy!


Spicy Chipotle Beef Tacos
serves 8-10

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 pounds ground beef
2 cups finely diced onion
1 tablespoon finely diced jalapeno
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon paprika
3 tablespoons chopped canned chipotle in adobo
2 cups tomato puree
1 bottle amber beer of your preference
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 bunch cilantro,  chopped

Heat a large skillet over moderately high heat.  Add vegetable oil and continue heating until oil just begins to smoke.  Add ground beef and cook until it is cooked through and has released allof its excess juices.  Transfer meat to a strainer, reserving juices.  Return skillet to heat and add 1 tablespoon of the reserved juice.  Adf onion and cook for 1 minute. Add jalapeno and garlic and cook for one minute more.  Add drained meat to pan along with spices and chipotle.  Cook, stirring for 1 minute.  Add tomato, beer, lime juice,  salt, and pepper. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.  Stir in cilantro and remove from heat.


Serve immediately with accompaniments – cheddar cheese, sour cream, diced onion,  diced tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, and shredded lettuce,  if desired.