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Donna Flood
Instructions for making Indian Tacos'

We must give credit where credit is due. My cousin at Oklahoma City tells me a Choctaw man, named Dan, living in a suburb at the time he was there created the first Indian Taco. Whoever came up with it doesn't matter. The thing about it is so many folks have enjoyed the treat.

To make the base or “taco,” simply measure what ever amount you wish of self-rising flour in a bowl. One cup for a couple, and more flour for a crowd. Yesterday, I was making them so fast I was dumping five pounds of flour in a large bowl at a time.

Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour it full of warm water (not hot). Gently mix the water into the flour with one hand. Treat it gently and some use their left hand for this. As you mix the dough you will see if you need more water and simply add it.  Mix the flour in, being careful not to pound or treat it roughly. When the flour and water becomes elastic and in a ball let it rest.

While the dough rests brown some ground beef, chop some tomatoes in small dices, mince some onion, grate some cheese, put out your favorite salsa. Place in a pan brown beans which you will heat.

Use a large skillet and pour a moderate amount of oil into the bottom. This is not fry bread so you will use less oil. While you are waiting for the oil to heat pinch off a piece of the dough the size to fit into the palm of your hand. Shape it into a ball and place  it onto a floured surface. With a rolling pin roll it out until it is flat but not too thin. Now place the bread onto the skillet touching down the edge first and in this way you will not spatter yourself with hot oil.

When you turn the bread be careful not to flop it over in a hurried way. You may want to use a spatula and a fork, one in each hand so as not to splatter the hot oil.

After the bread is done on both sides and done in the middle take it out of the skillet and proceed with the next piece.

Now you are ready to complete your taco.

Take a round piece of bread  and sprinkle it with cooked ground beef. Sprinkle some beans on that and add maybe a tablespoon of juice over all. Then, sprinkle some lettuce and next add tomatoes. Grated cheese over this and the salsa goes on last. Have some jalapeno peppers in a dish on the table for those who like them.

This is a great party food since you can do everything ahead of time. The hot beans and juice will warm the bread again.

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