Easy Tacos: You can make these!

This is leftover chicken but could easily be turkey!
This is leftover chicken but could easily be turkey!

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Pre-Action

 You will need:

Maseca-Instant corn masa flour mix, olive oil (whatever oil you want to fry them in) and salt.

Maseca – it’s the instant pancake mix of the tortilla world.  The instructions on the side are easy.  I just add a little salt and water to the mix and in a few minutes I have corn tortilla dough.

Plastic – Ziploc bag, wax paper or almost any clean plastic bag will do.

Squisher – Something to press the tortilla masa (dough) ball flat between the plastic.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a tortilla press.  You probably have something in your kitchen that will do the job.  I made these using a flat pot lid.

Store bought tortilla squisher.  Fancy but not necessary.
Store bought tortilla squisher. Fancy but not necessary.
You can use just about anything with a flat surface to press the masa (dough) ball flat between the two pieces of plastic. As you can see, even a pot lid will do.

Action

Now that you have your things together, get your mix on.

I don't follow instructions.  I put the container in the sink and keep adding water until if feels right-- kind of like playdough.
I don’t follow instructions. I put the container in the sink and keep adding water until if feels right– kind of like playdough.
Make a masa dough ball and place on plastic.  Then cover with another piece of plastic and squish.
Make a masa dough ball and place on plastic. Then cover with another piece of plastic and squish.
Squished ball becomes a corn tortilla.
Squished ball becomes a corn tortilla.
This is leftover chicken but could easily be turkey!
This is leftover chicken but could easily be turkey!

After you figure out what you want to stuff your tacos with, fold them over.  You can leave them a little open or you can pinch the edges shut.  Then fry them in oil.  It’s an indulgence you probably don’t want to make every day– they soak up lots of oil.

Don’t get too hung up on what to call these.  I call everything tacos.  Things you probably call burrito, empanadas, burros—  tacos.

If I leave the edges unpinched, I will add lettuce or shredded cabbage, diced tomatoes, onion, grated queso cotija (cheese) to them.  Sometimes we drizzle crema over them and add queso cotija on the outside of the taco too.  A hot mess.  A hot good mess!

Enjoy!

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