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3 PINES BEEF TACO FILLING
Another perfect dish for your Fiesta! Almost eveyone loves tacos, so make up a large batch of this filling and put it out on a "taco buffet" with plenty of choices for toppings (including some of that yummy Ranchero Salsa!).
Serves: 4 (but double or triple for a crowd)
1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
1 tablespoon masa harina or yellow cornmeal
1/3 cup water or more as needed
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 clove garlic -- minced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon dried oregano -- crushed
3 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 3/4 cup chopped onions
3 to 4 jalapeñes, with or without seeds -- chopped
In a large skillet, cook ground beef until no longer pink; drain off excess liquid and fat. Stir in seasonings and masa or cornmeal and water; mix well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, about 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in onions and chiles; cook over low heat 3-4 minutes or until heated through, and it's ready to use. Feel free to adjust any ingredient you like to please your tastes.

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