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Meatball Tacos with Garlic-Lime Crema

I adore meatballs. I like traditional Italian meatballs, Swedish meatballs, meatloaf meatballs, cheese-stuffed meatballs, Greek meatballs, and these Tex-Mex spiced meatballs. Combined with beautiful four tortillas, crispy romaine, spicy salsa and garlic-lime crema, this meatball taco might be my favorite new recipe of the summer.

I like foods that are portable; in the summer, I like being able to eat single-handedly. It makes it a lot easier to et outside. My husband and I have set up an at home outdoor theater. I already had a projector and screen set from my travel lecturing days, so we simply added a bluetooth speaker, a fire pit, some chairs and an outdoor blanket with outdoor cushions. We set the screen against my chicken's fenced in enclosure, and wait for the sky to darken. This is a perfect night-time movie meal. Dessert? S'mores roasted on the fire pit, of course!


6 six inch flour tortillas

4 ounces salsa (medium hot)

1 heart of romaine lettuce

1/4 cup sour cream

1 garlic clove, minced

cayenne pepper, to taste

1 teaspoon lime juice

2 1/4 teaspoons taco seasoning

10 ounces ground beef

1 egg yolk

salt and upper to taste



Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the beef, egg yolk, 3/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, and 2 1/4 teaspoons taco seasoning. Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet. Divide the beef mixture into eighteen 1 tablespoon balls. Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake until brown and cooked through, about 8 minutes. 

As the meatballs bake, slice the romaine. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, garlic, cayenne to taste and lime juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Thin out with water as needed. 

Once the meatballs are cooked, pour salsa over top and toss around on the baking sheet, scraping up and fond. Toast the tortillas under the broiler for a minute until pliable, turning as needed to avoid burning. Fill the tortillas with romaine, meatballs and salsa, then drizzle over the sour cream sauce on top. Enjoy!


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