12 tortillas

Cooking oil


1 lb. ground chuck
1 tablespoon  cooking oil or fat
2 tablespoons  instant minced onion
1/4 teaspoon  instant minced garlic
2 1/2 to 3 teaspoon  chili powder
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon  oregano leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin seed
2 teaspoons sweet pepper flakes
1 cup canned tomatoes
Shredded lettuce


Fry tortillas crisp in 1/2 inch hot oil, turning with tongs and shaping eachinto a U.  Set aside in a warm placeuntil ready to use.  [Alternatively,use packaged, preformed taco shells which need only to be heated in oven justprior to use.]
Place the next 9 ingredients in a saucepan. 
Stir and cook 5 minutes or until mixture begins to brown. 
Add tomatoes.  Stir and cook10 minutes or until mixture thickens. 
Spoon into fried tacos (fried tortillas) or place on table with fixingsand let everyone fix his own. 

      Serve with shreddedlettuce, grated cheese (Jack, cheddar, etc.) and any taco sauces, guacamole,salsa, etc. you like.

Yield:  5servings

This recipe has been kitchen tested.

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