I'm going to share with you three ancient Mexican recipes handed down through generations of TILTE family members. Boyfriend and I tried out all three last night (one of them for the first time ever) and it was a SMASH-FUCKING-HIT. Tell your mouth to get ready to water.


-1 cup white rice (I used CalRose)
-3 tbsp cooking oil (I used canola)
-1/4 of a yellow onion, diced
-1/4 of a medium sized tomato, diced
-2 cups chicken broth
-salt to taste

Combine oil and rice in a medium sized skillet over heat. Mix until browned.

Add onion and mix until it's transluscent. Add tomato and mix until they get wilty. Add broth and salt.

Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Let it cook for 20 minutes (or until it looks like it's done).


-ground beef
-onion powder
-garlic powder
-cooking oil
-corn tortillas
-shredded lettuce
-grated cheese
-tomato for garnish
-sour cream (If you like that stuff. (I do.))


Brown meat in a skillet with spices. There's no real measurement for this stuff- just eyeball it. (My hint: Add a good amount of salt and onion powder. Go the easiest on the garlic.) Save the cumin for the end, when the beef is just about cooked. (For those of you who've never cooked with cumin before, it smells like armpits. I'm serious.) When the meat is done cooking, drain all the fat because that shit's gross.

Stuff tortillas with the ground beef so you can fry them up, tastystyle. Magic TILTE Cooking Tip #1: Use a toothpick to keep your tacos closed while frying, that way the goods won't fall out.

Magic TILTE Cooking Tip #2: To see if your oil is hot enough for frying, dip the back end of a wooden spoon in it. If it sizzles and bubbles, it's ready to go. For reals.

Remove tacos from frying pan when they've reached desired crispiness. Place on a paper towel.

Top with cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and tomato.


-can of beans (Iused Rosarita Spicy Jalapeno Refried Beans)
-1/4 cup cheese

Heat beans over medium flame. Add cheese. (This is a hard one to remember, you may want to print out the instructions for future reference.)

And there you have it. Invite your friends over and blow their minds with your extensive knowledge of fine Mexican cuisine. Or, just make all this food for yourself and watch a marathon of Law & Order SVU.


(Thanks for the recipes, mom.)


Nikosmommy said...

Insanity! I made the EXACT same thing for dinner last night, tacos with refried beans and rice...though your meal appears to be far more "homemade" and authentically Mexican!!

This food is sent directly down from Heaven. Truth.

Mrs. C said...

I love tacos! I now know what I'm having for dinner tonight! Thanks!

theTsaritsa said...

Those look so delicious! I'm hungry, and I just ate! Thank you for the recipe, I'll try it out :)

Jessica said...

I use cumin a lot.... I just try not to smell it!

Sara Louise said...

Thanks for the toothpick tip. I've never fried the corn tortillas after putting the meat in them but I'm definitely going to try it. Looks SOOOOOOOOO good

Deborah said...

Holy crap! I didn't think anyone make tacos like that except my family!

In fact I started calling them empanadas and I even have a blog post somewhere about it if I wasn't such a lazy-ass I'd find it.

Now I will have to make them. So good.

All your recipes looks so nummy.

Ashley, The Accidental Olympian said...

I love everything about Mexican food. EVERYTHING.

Even the stomach ache afterwards.

Because it reminds me how much I loved my meal.

Alicia xoxxo said...

This is my favorite meal! I love tacos and beans and rice! This looks so yummy! Now I am hungry...again!

hed said...

You had me at "tacos".

By the way, the toothpick thing? GENIUS!

hed hed above water

Bonnie said...

Don't tease me with tacos.

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You're Lucky I Don't Have a Gun... said...

NIKO - that's actually kinda weird. when i first read your comment, i was like "woah". nevermind that tacos are like one of the most common meals ever, i was still like "woah".

MRS. C - good! i'm glad i gave you an idea for dinner!

TSARITSA - try the recipe and let me know how they turn out.

JESS - yeah, there's a lot of cumin in mexican food and it's kind of a staple. but if you've never cooked with it before, it kinda does smell like armpits.

SARA - oh man, frying is the WAY TO GO. i mean, soft tacos are good, but that extra bit of grease really kicks them up a notch.

DEBS - now that you mention it, i think i actually DO remember reading an old entry where you mention the toothpick trick too. what's your family's heritage? maybe it's a trick that poor countries came up when they started frying their foods.

ASHLEY - i know, me too. growing up, i was kinda "meh" about mexican. now i can eat it all the time.

ALICIA - the tacos and the rice were both REALLY good, you should definitely give them a shot. heads up- over here it took two people to make sure nothing got burnt.

HED - i know, the toothpick is key!

BONNIE - tasty, cheap, and easy to make.... (do it.)

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