Ya’ll ready for this?

I am going to do my best here not to ramble because I know we are all hungry. 

When it comes to these “copycat” fast food recipes, Pinterest has become my very best friend. I do my research and one hundred percent find the easiest way to execute the recipe my own way because well, I am lazy. 

This week I decided to make one of my most FAVORITE crunchy, greasy and melty fast food staples. My best friend never turns these down.

JACK IN THE BOX TACOS 

If this photo doesn’t make you drool then this recipe might not be for you.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb Ground Beef 
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning (I like to use spicy) 
  • 1 16 oz can of refried beans 
  • Taco Sauce
  • White or Yellow Corn Tortillas 
  • American Cheese (1 piece of cheese per 2 tacos, cut into triangles)
  • Shredded Lettuce 
  • Vegetable Oil 

All above ingredient brands are totally your preference. I don’t think I have ever used the same brand consistently. Again… lazy girl over here. 

Cooking Instructions: 

  1. In a large skillet brown the ground beef and drain the grease. Here’s a trick! Place a piece of foil in the sink to block the drain and pour the hot grease in. Avoid getting grease in your drain pipes this is a no no. Wait for it to cool and toss it in the trash. I learned that on TikTok and I am not ashamed to say it.
  2. Add taco seasoning and cook according to package instructions. 
  3. On medium heat add refried beans and a few tablespoons of taco sauce directly to the ground beef. Mixing until it becomes a smooth “meat paste” <— doesn’t that term make you want to die. Do your best not have big pieces of ground beef, this can rip your tortillas 😦
  4. In a deep skillet (a cast iron skillet works here too) add 1 1/2 -2 inches of vegetable oil. Heat on medium high until oil is hot. You can test oil is hot enough by tossing in a small piece of tortilla and see if it browns. 
  5. While oil is heating, place corn tortillas on a damp towel and warm in the microwave. This will keep the tortillas from cracking when you fold them over the filling. 
  6. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons of meat filling onto the center of the tortilla and fold it over. The filling should act as the binder so apply a little pressure to make sure they are closed or the filling will spill out in the oil and that is just a sad waste of “meat paste”. I usually fill 2-4 tacos at a time and keep the remaining tortillas in the towel so they don’t dry out.
  7. Place 2-4 tacos in the oil (depending on the size of your skillet). Don’t over crowd, this will cool down your oil and the tacos will be soggy. Cook until brown and then flip them over to brown the other side.
  8. CAREFULLY remove each taco from the oil and place on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil. 
  9. Here is where it gets tricky! You will need to add the cheese while the taco shell is still hot and pliable, otherwise it will crack. It is going to be hot and you will most likely burn your fingers but I promise it is worth it. Place one triangle of cheese inside each taco, add shredded lettuce and taco sauce to your liking. Dress each taco and then onto the next batch! 
  10. Serve tacos with Jack in the Box Buttermilk Ranch, Sour Cream or Ken’s Steakhouse Buttermilk Ranch. NOT! Hidden Valley. 

This recipe can make up to about 20 tacos. If you do not plan to share or engorge yourself like I do, I recommend cutting the ingredients in half.

Now that we are all enjoying our tacos…

Let’s talk about some doggies! 

Listen, I want just want to say I love all the dogs I have met over the years! Heck! Even the ones I haven’t met, I Love You!

BUT this is my first entry about dogs and I think it is important that I introduce my main man to you.  

Meet Dobby, he is my eight year old Italian Greyhound.

I rescued Dobby on December 2nd 2013 from the Midwest Italian Greyhound Rescue (https://midwestigrescue.com). I saw his picture online and fell in LOVE. Filled out the extensive paperwork for approval and set up a time for a meet and greet with him and his foster mom. She brought him to my house and he was so shy. I just wanted to hold him so badly but he was so skeptical of me, which was to be expected. Stranger Danger! I took the plunge and signed the adoption paperwork. He was all mine! I will be honest with you, in the beginning it was difficult. He literally ran away from home on the first day. I was so anxious and discouraged. Had I made a mistake taking in this sweet little thing that seemed to hate me? He needed a forever home and I so wanted to be the person to give that to him. It took some bonding time but oh man was it worth it! Today, we are basically inseparable. I get a little heart broken when he chooses to lay with his dad longer than with me. Hello, I raised you!

As I type this post and stare at my sweet little boney doggo I am so thankful for him. He has taught me so much about responsibility, love and patience. I could not imagine a life where I didn’t come home to this bouncy tap dancing little baby deer. Everyday I get to hang out with amazing dogs but at the end of the day this one is all mine!

What do you say, same time next week? See ya there!

A Little About Me

Hey! Do you like dogs? How about food? 

Stupid questions right?!

If you answered yes to both, then welcome to my world friends. You are going to fit right in. 

Let me start off with introducing myself, my name is Eleni. 

I am 30 years old and I run my own dog walking service called EVK Dog Walking. 

EVK Dog Walking Facebook

EVK Dog Walking Instagram

 Follow links above if you want to see WAY too many pictures of me with dogs. 

I am not here to promote my business, so please don’t leave yet! 

I am simply here to entertain you (hopefully) and to be honest entertain myself. 

Why did I decide to become a full time dog walker you ask? I worked in the family restaurant business for 15 years, you see we are Greek and if there is one thing we are good at it’s nagging, running restaurants and… actually that is all I am going to say about that. That topic on its own deserves its own blog. Long story short, I think that was enough human interaction to last me for the rest of my life. 

I run my business on my own and if you want to know the truth, I am not exactly sure what I am doing but does anyone? Probably, but I am going to keep telling myself they don’t. I have one employee and that is my boyfriend. I am an overly organized person and to be honest I don’t think anyone else could handle my neurotic tendencies as a boss. Lucky him!! 

Okay but back to the point, DOGS! What’s not to like, they come in all colors, shapes and sizes and love their humans that come in all colors, shapes and sizes. No judgments ever from these pure and furry beings! Ta-da! 

So Eleni, where does food tie into all this? Well, though I would consider myself an “active person”, I love eating garbage food. Pizza Rolls are my favorite food group and ranch is my favorite condiment (specifically Ken’s Steakhouse brand, Hidden Valley is trash and that is not up for debate). Taco Bell is my favorite fast food, for now… if they keep removing menu items they are going to have a serious batch of angry letters coming their way from yours truly. 

Clearly a Totino’s Pizza Roll shirt was the right outfit choice for a romantic sunset.

I would never consider myself a skilled cook but since March 2020, when Covid-19 quarantine really hit us I decided to take up a hobby. Cooking my favorite fast food items at home. I think this may have been the best thing I have ever done. My body does not thank me but my boyfriend does. 

If you took the time to read this, then please follow me on my journey while I pet dogs for a living and attempt “copycat” fast food recipes to keep myself sane and certainly not healthy.