1/27/09

Yes, We Are a Taco Family - & Winner!

I so appreciated hearing from so many of you in my last giveaway post! I was so impressed with all of the wonderful, QUICK 1-2-3 meals that you came up with!

I definitely have some new, fresh dinner ideas now! Thank you!

We all love tacos
One thing that many of us had in common, as I perused the comments, was that we all love tacos! I grew up with tacos – it was a staple in my home as I learned to make them, and fry up the shells, probably by the age of 10.

Yes, now my family is also a taco family! We love them – cooked any way, with any meat, with any topping! (Remember all photos on this blog are the real deal – real food cooked Coughlin-style from the Coughlin-kitchen!)

Delicious pork - so easy



Beef - an old stand-by


Ground turkey - a healthy way to go


Mango Crockpot Chicken - all time favorite
And my Mango Crockpot Chicken is very popular in our home, and with our friends.



Works great in tacos, burritos, taco salad - and even quesadillas!


Tilapia - our latest taco fad


Now here’s a question for you: What is your favorite kind of taco, what kind of tortillas do you use - and do you fry them?


Wild-Wool scarf - WINNER
I’m so excited to announce the winner of my Wild-Wool giveaway from my last post.

Mod Girl, you are the lucky winner of this beautiful crimson scarf (that my daughter Abby is modeling)! Check Mod Girl out - she is one classy girl - I hope we get to see a picture with her new crimson scarf on!

One more chance to win
Head on over to Ideal Bite and click on “invite a friend” – and you’ll be eligible to WIN a Wild-Wool $95 wrap/throw/scarf. You can also choose your very own color if you go directly to the website, and buy them at pre-retail prices.

Don’t forget to keep these incredibly, cozy gifts in mind for Valentine's Day!

34 comments:

Betsy said...

Yes, Modgirl is one classy girl! Congrats, MG! :)

We love tacos...any kind...we usually use leftover grilled steak or the good old beef kind.

ellen b. said...

We love tacos, too. I don't know if I could list a favorite. The grilled chicken tacos from the Alamo with pico de gallo and extra cilantro are fabulous. The shrimp tacos I get at Happy Hour at the California Grill are really good too with cabbage instead of lettuce. I really love our ground beef made at home tacos too. My favorite tortillas for tacos are soft corn tortillas and when I can find someplace that makes them fresh everyday those are the best!! I also like gently fried ones not fried to breaking without biting....I'm hungry!

Sandy Toes said...

We love tacos too! I love the taco salad with the fritos and thousand island..ever had that?yum!
-sandy toe

Pam said...

Taco lover here, too. I prefer corn tortillas, the crunchier, the better. I don't fry them, but I've been known to slap them on the griddle with a little bit of olive oil. Yummy!

I like beef or chicken, but I load my down with fresh veggies . . . tomatoes, cilantro, lettuce, finely chopped onions, etc. This tends to make the meat stretch further for the others around our table who prefer the meat.

Great post, as usual, dear Sandy!

nee said...

We do soft tacos with Whole Foods' red chile tortillas and chile-lime refried beans as the base. Then, we load them up with chopped tomatoes, avocado, black olives and whatever greens are around, until they are too big to bite! Instead of frying, we first soften the tortillas by heating on a hot,dry cast iron griddle for several seconds per side. Serve with salsa,plain yogurt and lime on the side. Fiesta!

tinkerverve said...

My favorite tortilla is a corn tortilla made with Maseca {brand} corn flour, water, salt - then pressed thick {1/8"-1/4"}, fried in a little oil. Layer on top of this whatever you fancy & eat with a fork. It is so very good and when guests come over they always love them.

GiBee said...

Love tacos. My favorite is either a shredded pork or a shredded chicken taco. And I love the shredded meat on warm corn flour tortillas... In fact, we're having tacos tonight with ground turkey. Yum, yum!

Culinarywannabe said...

"Taco Night" is definitely the most popular night in our house. We always seem to have lots of unexpected visitors that night. We love all kinds as long as there is lot of guacamole!

Mod Girl said...

Awww Sandy, thank you, thank you! You're one classy girl yourself!

We eat tacos often... chicken, steak, and tilapia are favorites at our house. All with homemade guacamole!

I'm curious, how do you fry them?

Your mango chicken sounds like a winner. I'll be trying that.

Thank you, again, for the kind words and the gorgeous scarf!

Jen said...

We are definitely a taco family here!!

I found your blog in my wanderings and I absolutely LOVE it!!!!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Yum! Love tacos - many different kinds, just don't put refried beans on them.
Congratulations to the winner.
Glenda

Joy Zaczyk said...

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p.s. Be sure and stop by my blog for your chance to win a free one year mag subscription!

Joy
xo

Tarrah said...

Hi Sandy, I think I'm going to make your Mango Chicken this weekend but could you reply to this comment and tell me how many chicken breasts you put in to the 1/2 container of salsa?

I love the new blog look too :)

50s Housewife said...

We are a taco family too. I think our favorite is beef (Tex-Mex style). The spicier the better. We do fry the tortillas.

LuLu said...

Taco loving family!!! We love all kinds all ways!!! congrats to Modgirl!
LuLu

kari and kijsa said...

those tacos look delicious!!!
If you get a chance...we are having a fun GIVEAWAY!!! this week!! Stop on by!!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Jessica said...

If I could have my way (the budget allowed and if we could get good fresh fish) we'd have fish tacos more often. They're so yummy and refreshing when topped with cabbage and lime chipotle sauce. Mmmm! So, good.

Christy said...

Our family loves tacos too. We like them best with beef but I do have a recipe for ranch Chicken Tacos that the kids especially like. What is it about ranch dressing that kids love so much? I have a question about your mango chicken... how many chicken breasts do you use in your recipe? That sounds delicious and I'm always on the hunt for quick and easy. The quesadillas sound especially yummy:)

Melanie said...

My boys like beef tacos with flour tortillas. One Fine Man, Guitar Girl and I like corn tortillas, especially with baja fish tacos. I use tilapia for those. I do crisp them up in a black skillet w/a little oil - both the flour and corn tortillas.
Melanie@Bella~Mella

Miss G said...

Congratulations, Modgirl! She is definitely a wonderful "blog friend". I am so happy for you, my friend! Kelly

p.s. I like soft tacos with black beans. :)

Ms. Tee said...

We love tacos at our house too - I've only made beef & chicken -I'd love to try the mango chicken, though. :)

Grace said...

tilapia? no thanks. mango chicken and all the rest? yes please, in double portions. :)

Kirstin said...

We love any tacos..I usually use ground turkey. We also like chicken and veggie tacos. They are different, light and yummy. We use a variety of shells; hard, wheat, whole grain and regular. I love the fresh ones from costco as well, and would like to make my own sometime.

Mimi said...

We eat tacos about once a week at least. The best is when you buy the rotisserie chicken from your local market and strip and shred every bit for your meat. We use Porkyland corn tortillas fried in canolla oil (local San Diego store) They are the best ever. I have my mom bring me 24 doz everytime she comes to visit me in VA.

Susie said...

I completely missed the giveaway, but will go through the recipes.
I love tacos too, but my kids are still not completely won over except by the ground beef variety. We do chicken quesidillas A LOT! I think they're my one specialty when I cook.

Jillian, Inc said...

Yum and double yum. I honestly could eat tacos several times a week...especially with all the variations available. We use white flour tortillas and we do not fry them, though we did when I was growing up. My favorite is good ole ground sirloin and second favorite is fish tacos.

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

I love that you use all your own beautiful photos! To me, they're as important as your words--and you're 100% original in both!

Hopefull said...

Tuesday night is taco night. I fry corn tort. in canola oil - the kids love when I have olives! I love when we have avocados. Usually I just use seasoned beef. Hubby loves when I make a tostado for him with beans. What do you put on your fish taco? I tried it the other day and put my homemade slaw on it, but the kids did not think it was that great.

Amber said...

I also LOVE tacos and taco salad. Beef is my favorite, with chicken a close second. I'm allergic to seafood, so no fish tacos for this girl! I also swear by Taco Bell taco seasoning and won't use any other brand! I don't fry my tortillas because we try to eat as healthy as possible in our household. We often eat taco salad or soft tacos, but rarely the hard shell tacos, though I love them! One trick I found is that you can mold a soft flour tortilla over an upside down bowl and bake it at 350 until lightly browned and crunchy. It makes your own taco salad tortilla bowl that is MUCH healthier than the fried versions you can buy.

Live.Love.Eat said...

We LOVE Mexican around here. Our fav when we go to a little local joint here is the pork soft tacos. A little lettuce, cheese, tomato. A dash of hot sauce and sour cream. My hubs also loves tostadas. We don't do this at home because we really enjoy going to our local place to help support their business & just relax.

paperjunk-lc said...

We eat taco's like sandwiches. There are always tortillas in our house. I will say I use your crockpot chicken tacos. I use what ever hot sauce is available. Plain old pace picante works great. Any and everything goes into our tacos.

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

We are definately a taco family, at least once a week. And you can't wrong with lime and avocado. Thanks so much for stopping by. You have a great blog. Will be back, Theresa

Julie Sanchez said...

We love tacos, too. I have never gotten as fancy as you with all of your different meat choices. We just pretty much stick to beef or chicken. I'll have to try out some of your ideas. Thanks!

Julie Sanchez said...

We are pretty much beef and chicken people. I'll have to check out your suggestions. Thanks!