So, how does one eat a Taco?

The fist time I ate a taco was when my husband and I were on our honeymoon.

(Sometimes I ask my husband to proofread my blog, this was one of those times and he read the first sentence and already had an editing comment: “You should delete the words my husband and I, because who else would you be on a honeymoon with?” Everyone is a critic! I didn’t make the revision, because it’s my blog and the sentence makes sense to me, but I digress…)

Why have I never eaten a taco before then, you wonder? There weren’t many Mexican restaurants in our area at the time and I hadn’t been to Mexico yet, so I didn’t know much about Mexican food. Although, as I understand it from talking to the people in Mexico when we visited a few years later; taco’s are more Tex-Mex than they are Mexican. Kind of like pineapple on pizza is a North American creation and not something you’d ever find in Italy.

I’m telling you this so you will understand what happened during my first taco tasting experience. Also, please keep in mind that I was in Honeymoon Heaven, so that allows for some ditzy-nano-second moments.

So off we go to a restaurant to try out a taco.

First of all, they look complicated to eat. They are stuffed with meat, salsa, lettuce & cheese and after assessing what was on my plate, I figured this was not something you’d eat with a knife and fork. Just like one wouldn’t eat a hamburger with utensils…although, when friends from Italy visited Canada and we took them out for burgers, they did cut it up with a knife and fork.

(I know, I’m off topic, (so says my blog-editor, sitting beside me) and my mind goes all over the place, but the hamburger memory helped me realize that I’m not the only one in the world who wouldn’t know how to eat a new-to-me-food.)

Back to the honeymoon taco lunch. Upon further examination of the taco on my plate, I said to my husband: “How do you eat one of these?”

Hubby: “Turn your head sideways.”

With taco in hand, I turned my head, smiling at the couple seated to my left, who I’m sure were thinking, “Why is that woman holding up a taco and staring at us?”

Confused, I straightened and said to my husband, “You’re joking, right? How the hell am I supposed to eat it when my head is turned to the side?”

My groom literally laughed his ass off.

Me: “What’s so funny?”

He stopped laughing long enough to say, “Honey, turn your head sideways, not turn your head to the side.”

Me: “That sounds stupid, why do I have to turn my head sideways?”

Hubby: “To take a bite from the side, so the filling doesn’t fall out.”

Me: “Show me.”

Hubby: “I can’t right now.”

Me: “Why not?”

Hubby: “I can’t risk eating and laughing. I’ll choke.”

I glared.

He then demonstrated what he meant.

(Yes, I know, we have the most intriguing, deep, serious lunch conversations).

It’s a memory he  likes to bring up once in awhile. It’s what he calls; “A Selena moment of; you just had to be there.”

It is in RARE moments like this when he wishes he had a video to capture it all. But he wouldn’t dare even if he had a camera handy, because then I’d have to let go of my zen-like, passive tendencies and go all Italian-Kick-Ass-Chick all over him.

I blame the whole taco tasting incident on his lack of precise instructions and the fact that I was in glowing new bride mode and not really thinking straight.

For this week’s Tasty Tuesday, I am sharing a recipe which I have created, fusing Italian and Mexican food together for an EASIER TO EAT and healthier and LESS CRUMBLY Italian Taco.

THE ITALIAN TACO

(Can be eaten with a knife and fork, hence no head tilting, turning or other movements necessary, except chew and enjoy!)

 Ingredients:

1/2 pound Italian Sausage

½ pound lean ground beef

½ pound lean ground pork

(You can substitute lean ground turkey sausage and ground turkey if you like)

2 cups of Sexy, Sassy Sauce (told you this sauce comes in handy when creating dishes) OR – You can use any kind of tomato sauce.

½ cup Parmesan cheese

Shredded Mozzarella cheese

3 cloves of roasted garlic (OR if you don’t have roasted garlic, minced garlic and saute until tender)

½ cup fresh basil, chopped finely

½ cup Italian Salad Dressing

Salt & Pepper to taste

Optional: Hot chili peppers (if you like it spicier)

Optional: ½ cup Pine nuts

Large Romaine Lettuce Leaves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F

Wash and dry the Romaine Lettuce Leaves and set aside.

In a small pot, add your tomato sauce and warm it up. Not to boiling point, but heated all the way through.

In a skillet, combine the ground meats and cook over medium heat until evenly browned.

Drain off excess grease.

Turn stove top heat to medium-low and to the meat add: garlic, sauce, salad dressing, stirring meat mixture, until all liquid is absorbed.

Remove mixture from stove and put in a large bowl and stir in: chopped basil, salt & pepper to taste, (hot peppers if you are using them), (pine nuts, if you are using them) and tomato sauce.

Note: Add just enough tomato sauce to cover the meat, and leave some behind in the pot.

Spray a casserole dish with a non-stick spray and put the mixture in the casserole dish.

Top the dish with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Bake for about 8 – 10 minutes, until the mozzarella is all melted.

When done, remove from oven and scoop the mixture inside the lettuce leaves and wrap it up and spoon leftover warmed up tomato sauce over the wraps.

Please drop by my fellow Tasty Tuesday authors who are changing the world one word and recipe at a time:

Pumpkin Martini by Pg Forte

Spaghetti Pie by Nancy Lauzon

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26 thoughts on “So, how does one eat a Taco?

  1. Pingback: Tasty Tuesday: Spaghetti Pie « The Chick Dick Mysteries

  2. lol. That reminds me of the time my husband and I were eating escargot. Back in the day they were served in the shell and you had this nifty little holder – it’s hard to explain if you haven’t seen one – but it opens to hold the round shell with a clamping motion. We were in a nice restaurant and I didn’t get it on correctly and the darn thing shot across the room and landed under another table. Thank goodness it didn’t hit someone or land on a table or someone’s food. I don’t think anyone else knew but us. I was mortified though and, of course, my husband was laughing and I was darn mad that I lost one of my snails lol.

    Your recipe sounds really good.

    • Hi, Catslady, thanks for stopping by and sharing your story. LOL that must have been funny, and I’m glad these food mishaps don’t only happen to me.

      I’ve never had escargot, they’d have to disguised for me to eat them. 🙂

  3. See– here’s the thing– every time Tasty Tuesday rolls around, I read your delicious-sounding, inventive recipes and think, “That’s amazing that she can just come up with that stuff.” I feel like I won a recipe competition when I try putting something new in the kids’ pancakes ;).

    • Hi, Ladybug, thanks for dropping by, I appreciate your support for my blog and recipes.

      I’m a foodie-aholic, and I love to experiment in the kitchen. Since starting Tasty Tuesday though, I’ve had to literally stop, measure and write down everything I do, because I don’t use a recipe book and my usual instructions of…a little of this….a handful of that, doesn’t compute well with others. It’s fun writing these all down, I can pass them along now.

  4. Being born and raised in California, I’ve eaten tacos all my life. However, up until now, I have no idea if I “tilt” my head or not. I’ll have to run up to Taco Bell and get back to you. LOL

    One thing that makes it a little easier to eat a taco is by leaving out that annoying lettuce and tomato. Stick to the meat, cheese and salsa. I prefer ground beef, but a lot of places make tacos with slices of beef or chicken. The very idea of a chicken taco makes my skin crawl. Just like pineapple on a pizza does. Blech!

  5. I will eat Mexican with my hands, mouth, spoon, I don’t care. I love it and this sounds like a great dish. A big LOL to Mr. Rugged. He’s right, you’re probably not going to be visiting with old friends on your honeymoon.

    • Hi, Heidi, thanks for stopping by. Since discovering Mexican food, I really like it, but when I make it, I put my own twist to it and have to make it gluten-free, which isn’t too hard.

      What do you mean, he’s right? LOL He’ll love that when he reads the comments.

  6. Hi…late getting here! That recipe sounds amazing Selena. Definitely a great one for after Thanksgiving when everyone is sick of turkey!! I have solved the difficult taco problem by using soft tacos! I love the idea of the extrude leaves. Thanks as always for great recipes….definitely a keeper…. xo

    • Hey, Pat, you’re never late, we’re always here for you. 🙂

      Glad you enjoyed the recipes. Using romaine lettuce solves the gluten dilemma, and I just cannot acquire a taste for gluten-free wraps, they taste like cardboard.

      Thanks for popping in and always supporting my ramblings.

  7. Fish tacos are incredibly good! Sorry, that was off-topic as well. Except, not really, since they’re made with soft tacos, so they’re already easier to eat–much like using lettuce leaves, which is genius! I love lettuce wraps with Chinese food but putting a Mexican-slash-Italian spin on it never occurred to me. Love it. Also, two things my opinionated self must say: Taco Bell does NOT serve Mexican food. Sorry, it just doesn’t! And pineapple pizza, while not in any way Italian (much like Taco Bell’s Mexican food…yes. dead horse. I know. I’ll keep beating it anyway) is still an inspired combination. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Hi, Pg, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. My first taco experience wasn’t with soft shells, it was the hard shells that were not easy to eat.

      Never been to Taco Bell, so thanks for the heads up on that, don’t think I’ll try it. When we were in Mexico, we ate authentic Mexican food and it was delicious, much different than what I taste up here.

      You know me, I put an Italian spin into every dish I can create. LOL

      I hear there’s a roasted chicken pizza somewhere out there, our countrymen are probably gasping at that one. LOL

  8. I can’t stop laughing at your first taco experience. I love the sound of this recipe and my kids are going to enjoy this one. For some reason, my daughter keeps asking for spaghetti tacos and I can’t stomach the idea. This recipe would be tasty for all of us.

    • Hi, Barbara, thanks for popping in. My husband couldn’t stop laughing either at the time. He still has a good chuckle out of it.

      After proofreading my blog, he suggested I recount a few other “experiences” we’ve had. I told him he’s a proofreader not an idea maker. LOL But I laugh at myself. Self-deprecating humor is always fun and life’s too short not to laugh at oneself.

      Spaghetti tacos sounds interesting. Give it a try and come back and share the recipe with us. 🙂

  9. Hi Selena, your recepie sound good will have to try it. My first date with an Italian god toa fancy restrunt. I met him in a bar and he was standing next to looking sexy, I was drunk and I looked at him and out of my mouth popped do you know your my fantasy. Lol yes I actualy said that, liquid brave. He grab my chin told me I had beautiful eyes. Any way it was my first fancy restaurant he ordered escargo I looked at him and said I use to have snails he looks at me and says I am sure it’s nobody you know made me laugh. So I understand that feeling you where talking about. Thanks for the recipe and great story.

    • Hi, Lafe-crazy-chick, 🙂 thanks for dropping by and I appreciate the tweeting of my link. (Tweeting of my link, thinking I can use that as a sexual position in one of my books lol)

      Have you been talking to my husband? He suggested that very same thing awhile back, then said, forget a page, make it a whole new blog. Apparently, I have a lot of moments, but I think they are “normal” it’s the rest of the world that is quirky. 🙂

      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, tofu and all! 😉

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