Monday, October 4, 2010

Fresno Fair Tacos!

 A Valley Favorite

By David Owens

 What does the Fresno Fair mean to you? One wise friend told me he could could get the fair experience any time and without spending all day getting worn out, "Eat a corn dog, step on some gum and lose $20."  He said it with a smile, but there is some truth to that!

A counter to that cynical view is the Fresno Fair Taco.   For many the warm rolled and tasty taco brings fond anticipation for the Big Fresno Fair.

For those not near the Azteca in Fresno or for the rest of the year you can make your own. Here is a Fresno grandmother's recipe that adds some festivity to any occasion:


1 pound ground beef
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper
3-4 green onions, minced
3/4 cup chopped lettuce
1/2 cup mashed potatoes
12 (1 package) corn tortillas
Taco sauce


In a skillet, slowly cook ground beef until lightly browned. 
Add the minced garlic and salt and pepper to taste. 
Drain off excess fat.
Add minced green onions, chopped lettuce and mashed potatoes; 
simmer slowly for about 7 minutes.
In hot oil, heat tortillas, one at a time just until softened; 
blot dry with paper towels; stack and keep warm. 
Put about 1 tablespoon or more of the mix on each tortilla; 
Add your favorite taco sauce.
Roll up and eat!
Thank you Jason Farris for sharing your recipe with us. 

Anyone have a variation they like?


  1. I like to add some cilantro and cheese!

  2. I add a little low sodium beef or chicken broth to the finely crumbled beef and simmer a bit.
    Serve with green taco sauce.