Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Rachael Ray 30-Minute Get Real Meals: Beef Fajita Burgers (Or Taco Meat)

I know, I know.  Rachael Ray Again.  I know that she's one of those chefs that either people are like, "Oh, yeah!  I love her stuff!"  Or they're like, "UGH!" (or some variation thereof.) 

I, for one, don't have much of an opinion, but what I do have is a ton of her cookbooks.  I'm doing my best to space them out, but it seems it's that time again. 

This week's cookbook, Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Get Real Meals: Eat Healthy Without Going to Extremes, it seems, happened during a time when low-carb was huge.  Like, Atkin's (Atkins?) low-carb.  I think what she was going for was to ride on that train of Atkin's people.

One super-irritating thing about this cookbook is that she justifies a lot.  Like, if the recipe calls for breakcrumbs, she'll say something like, "It's OK!  It's just a few!" and stuff like that.  Just make the recipes!  It's OK!

A note on this recipe:  It called for ground sirloin.  I used ground beef.  I don't know if it was because the burgers were thick and I had to cook them longer, or if it would be better off the the sirloin, but they were a little dry.  While we were eating these, something was. . .off.  The taste was excellent, but it didn't seem like it should be in burger form.  The taste was more like something you'd want to put in a taco.

I also didn't really understand how this fits into a tortilla.  There wasn't a picture of this recipe in the cookbook, and it seemed. . .awkward with a burger on a tortilla.

As such, I'm including the recipe for burgers, but I wouldn't recommend eating these in burger form.  Use this spice mixture for taco meat.  (Or make burgers if you're ambitious.  You'll see what I mean.)  Also, I halved the recipe, approximately.

Beef Fajita Burgers (or Really Good Taco Meat)
Makes 3-4 burgers (depending on size) or tacos for 2 or 3


1 pound ground beef (or ground sirloin if you want to make it the "real" way)
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
Several drops hot sauce
1 Tbsp. seasoned salt
Flour tortillas
Extra Virgin Olive Oil for cooking
Cilantro for garnish (optional)
Cheese, shredded for tacos, slices for burgers (optional)

Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat.

Mix everything in the ingredients list together through the seasoned salt.

If you're making taco meat, cook beef in the pan until done.  Put in tortilla and garnish with cilantro and cheese.

If you're making burgers, divide the meat into however many patties you're making and drizzle with olive oil.  Cook the patties for 5 or 6 minutes on each side or until they're as done as you'd like.

The recipe doesn't clarify what to do with the meat in regards to the tortillas from here.  I just put the burger awkwardly on top of the fajita and added cheese and cilantro.

I really don't know.

Just trust me, and make the tacos.


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