02 May 2010

Taco Hamburgers

Okay, what do you do when you cook-up a batch of taco meat and have no taco shells? Well, besides NOT making a batch of taco meat (Yes, a shameless plug. Just scroll down a bit for the taco mix recipe), which would be the best thing, you can always improvise. In addition to not having any taco shells, we didn't have any hamburger buns (violins play in the background), so I really had to come up with an idea of what to do. The first thing that popped into my mind was to just use some bread, but if any of you have ever tried to make loose meat sandwiches or sloppy joe's using regular bread, you know what a mess that can make. The bread just absorbs all the juices and you're left with a soggy, but good, mess.

So, since I had just made a sheet of focaccia bread (No shameless recipe plug, because I haven't shared it yet. Talk about putting the cart before the horse) the previous day, I decided that I could use that. As the meat was cooking, I grabbed a few slices of the focaccia and cut them in half. I prepare the bread the same way I prepare the taco shells: sour cream, cheese, taco meat, cheese (if we had lettuce and tomatoes, they would be plopped on top). I then placed the hamburgers in the oven to melt the cheese.

Here's what they looked like before facing the heat of the broiler...

photo of taco hamburger



What it will look like with its "top" on...
photo of taco hamburger

16 comments:

  1. This looks like a yummy idea Tim!

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  2. Boise Diva: Thank you. They were a big hit. Now, I just need to post the recipe for the bread :)

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  3. Very clever! That's certainly thinking outside the bun! (Sorry, couldn't resist) I'd just add salsa cause around here we have to have salsa!

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  4. How clever of you. That looks really good. I don't think I would have ever come up with an idea like that

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  5. BeadedTail: Lol! We have a ton of salsa and I forget to add it! Thanks for reminding me :)

    Ann: I had a little help from Google on this. I was searching for different uses of focaccia bread and using it instead of a hamburger bun was one of them.

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  6. That looks wonderful! I'm super low carbing it, but I love focaccia bread and look forward to your recipe.



    Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

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  7. Furkidsmom: Thank you. They were a big hit. I'll try and get that recipe put together sometime this week.

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  8. I ate so many nachos tonight that I felt ill. However, these pictures made me hungry because it looks so delish!

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  9. Hi tahtimbo :) They do look quite tasty. I like your creativity. If you want another idea for using taco meat without the shells, I make taco salad. The method and picture is on my blog. It is really easy and kid approved because they can customize their own toppings. HTH

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  10. Yumm! These look devine! Can't wait for the bread recipe :)

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  11. Michelle: Oh, I love nachos! Get me a plate of nachos, some sour cream, and some guacamole, and I'm all set. Well, except for the diet thing, anyway.

    Garden Gnome: Taco salads are terrific. It's been a while since I made one, so I guess it's time to give them another go :)

    Admin: Hello and thank you for stopping by.

    Cat: Thank you. I hope to have the bread recipe posted later this week.

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  12. Great idea! My kids would love this!

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  13. Kathleen: Thank you. Our kids like these better than the Sloppy Joe's. Although, they are just as messy :)

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  14. Just wanted to let you know, you won my giveaway. Just need an email address so I can send you the picture.

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  15. YES!! Thank you, I'll send it right to you :)

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  16. Admin said...

    Taco is my favorite. I have no reasons to refuse this food. Hi, how are you, i am dropping my entrecard again here....can't wait to see you in my positive life. :)

    Edited to remove dead/broken link. Comment originally made on...03 May, 2010 09:59

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