Since Sundays are supposed to be a day of rest, I usually don’t want to fuss making an elaborate dinner. So I try to think of easy, yet tasty things to make. This past Sunday I decided to defrost some pulled pork that I had bought. I like the Jack Daniels pulled pork. It is really quite good. Instead of doing the usual – put it on a bun routine, I thought that it might really be good if I made tacos with it. I was right.
I got some really nice coleslaw from the local deli and then made some taco shells from corn tortillas. The result was absolutely delicious. The Jack Daniels pulled pork I buy comes in a box with two packets. One packet is plenty for two people.
I made six taco shells. To make the taco shells, heat canola or vegetable oil to about 300 to 325 degrees – that would be, set the stove on medium low. Use a saucepan that is big enough to fit the tortilla, and deep enough to put oil in and have lots and lots of extra height so that you have no danger of it splattering.
You don’t want the oil too hot because it would burn the tortillas rather than fry them to a crisp, and lovely golden point. The medium hot oil also allows you to have control of how much you want them to fry. I fry them one at a time. Be careful when you put them in the oil, you don’t want to splatter hot oil on yourself, or have it splatter on the stove’s burner and cause a fire. That is why I recommend using a saucepan that is deep. Then, with long tongs, press the middle of the tortilla to form the taco shell, hold it there for a few seconds, then you can pinch and hold the sides with the tongs a bit to finish forming the shells. Then when you think that it is pretty much set, turn it so that the top of the shell also gets crisp. I then place the cooked shell on a paper towel to drain any excess oil and then place them in a 200 degree pre-heated oven to keep warm while you make the rest of the taco shells.
It is taking longer to write this than to make them, so don’t be intimidated by the long instructions. I just want to make sure I give enough hints on how to make your own taco shells from corn tortillas to anyone who has never made them.
So, to summarize, make the taco shells, keep warm in the oven, heat the pulled pork in the microwave oven.
To assemble the taco shells, fork on some of the pulled pork into the taco shell, and then put some coleslaw over that. Eat, enjoy.