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Seasoned Lentils with Lettuce (Traditional; US), garnished with Yogurt topped off with Quick and Dirty Spice Mix and wrapped in delicious bad-ass tortillas

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Contributed by sinker, Todd Budnikas
Seasoned Lentils ========================= This is a quick and easy vegetarian substitute for ground beef that adds an interesting texture and a lot of similar flavor ##### Ingredients * 1 packet of Taco Seasoning Mix * 1 bag of lentils * 1 tbs vegetable oil * 1/2 small onion, diced * 1 small tomato, diced ##### Directions 1. Cook lentils according to package directions (generally just boiling in water). Set aside. 2. In a skillet sauté onion and tomato in vegetable oil for a few minutes 3. Stir in seasoning mix, amount of water specified on mix packet and cooked lentils. 4. Follow directions on seasoning packet. 5. Enjoy! tags: vegetarian, vegan
Contributed by Brian Mount, sinker, Tim Murtaugh, Tim Murtaugh
Lettuce (Traditional; US) ====================== In a traditional American taco, lettuce serves to add extra crunch and coolness. Favor the bulkier lettuces over leafier fare such as Bibb lettuces or mesclun. * Iceberg Lettuce (shredded) * Romaine Lettuce (shredded; maintain the stalks) tags: vegetarian, vegan
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Yogurt ====== Plain Balkan or Greek type yogurts add flavour and moisture. May be used as an alternative to sour cream. While sweet and fruit flavoured yogurts are not recommended, speciality yogurt dips such as jalapeno provide delicious variation. tags: vegetarian
Contributed by Brian Mount, sinker, Jake Spurlock, Mat Marquis
Quick and Dirty Spice Mix ========================= I’m not going to make a lot of big assumptions here. You own a skillet of some sort. You have some jars of jankity-ass spices from who-knows-when. You want to eat some tacos within the next, like, fifteen minutes. I got you covered, bachelor(ette). * 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour * 2 1/2 tsp. chili powder * 3/4 tsp. onion powder (or 1 1/2 tsp. minced yellow onion) * 1 1/4 tsp. salt * 1 tsp. paprika * 3/4 tsp beef bouillon powder * 1/4 tsp. granulated sugar * 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper * 1/4 tsp. garlic powder * 1 tsp. cumin Put all this in something with a lid, add 3/4 cup of water, and shake it. Brown a pound of ground beef, then pour the whole situation in there. Stir. Cook it down until it looks like you only put in half a cup of water. You have tacos now. Vegetarians ----------- I’ve made this with that soy protein “ground beef” and it does not _surprisingly_ taste like someone put spices on a stack of cheap bar coasters and ran it all through a blender. (Vegetable) oil the skillet when you’re dealing with that stuff, unless you’re looking for excuses to buy a new one. If you leave out the bouillon for the sake of doing things vegan-style you’ll probably want to nudge up the salt a little. tags: vegetarian, vegan
Contributed by sinker, Jeff Larson
bad-ass tortillas ===================== If you are making tacos, don't settle for corporate store bought tortillas. Make your own like a real person! First get a cast iron pan: ![](./pan.jpg) and then one of these bad-ass tortilla presses: ![](./tortillador.jpg) Buy your lard from a place like this: ![](./store.jpg) * 2 cups all purpose flour * 1/4 cup lard (cut into lil' pieces) * 1 teaspoon kosher salt * 2/3 tablespoon oil * 1/2 cup water (luke warm) Mix all ingredients together except oil and water. Drizzle oil over mixture and mix with hands. Add water and mix and knead again until doughy. Let chill for about an hour in plastic wrappers. Heat large cast iron skillet (or something more authentic if you've got it) over medium heat. Cut dough into about 12 pieces that are round. Use a proper tortilla press (or something more authentic if you've got it) to make 'em flat and then put on the skillet. Wait until the transparent parts turn opaque and flip em. Put cooked tortillas in a *dirty* cloth napkin to keep 'em warm. End recipe. Paz, amor, y dinero.