Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tarantula Tacos

Here's a simple but fun dinner I made tonight. The kids LOVED this one . . . all except Bladen who thought the spider was going to bite him. ha ha ha.

Tarantula Tacos:

1 lb. Ground Beef
Taco Seasoning
Flat Bottomed Crunchy Taco Shells
1 can of JUMBO SUPREME Black Olives (the biggest ones you can get)
Sour Cream
Fixins: cheese, pico de gallo, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, etc.

Basically make Tacos the way you normally would. . . cook the meat, add the seasoning, cut the fixins, bake the shells, etc.

I love homemade pico de gallo so I always make that for our tacos. All it is is diced tomatoes, diced onions, cilantro, lime juice, salt, & a little pepper.

These olives are GINORMOUS! They are going to be the body of your tarantulas. So pick out how many tacos you think you'll be making/eating so you have a body in each one & set them aside.

Cut the remaining olives into 8 slices for the legs.

Make your tacos the way your family likes them. I like using the taco shells that stand up on their own. That way your spider stays upright. Put some sour cream in a ziplock bag & cut the corner off one side. Squeeze the sour cream onto your taco & use as glue to glue your tarantula together. Then add some sour cream dots for it's eyes.

My kids LOVE tacos, so they obviously loved these.

Bladen was actually scared of his & refused to eat it until the "spider" was "smushed" & in the trash.

I served these with Spanish Rice. Here's my Spanish Rice recipe if you like to make your rice from scratch.

Dani's Spanish Rice:

2 cups uncooked Rice (I like Basmati)
1 Onion, chopped
1 Green Pepper, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, pressed
4 cups Chicken Broth
2 cans ROTEL diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
2 teaspoons Salt

Heat oil in a skillet. Saute the garlic, onions, & peppers until translucent. Add rice & saute until the rice is browned really well. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, spices. Cover & simmer for 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. It makes a TON so if you have a small family, cut the recipe in half.

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