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Flat-Out Fun for Your Mexican Meals

MISSION, KS -- (Marketwired) -- 07/14/14 -- (Family Features) Didn't think taco night could get any better? Pile on the fun with the unique shape of Ortega® Fiesta Flats™ Flat Bottom Taco Shells.

Celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez proclaims, "Fiesta Flats™ are my new go-to pantry staple whether hosting a party or serving a no-mess, quick dinner for the kids. They are a great way to add a little crunch to your favorite entrees, appetizers or party snacks." For more great Fiesta Flats™ recipes, visit Ortega.com.


Mini-Meatball Fiesta Flats™
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

4         ORTEGA® Taco Shells (any variety)
1/2       pound ground pork
1/2       package (1.25 ounces) ORTEGA® Taco Seasoning Mix or 40% Less
          Sodium Taco Seasoning Mix
1         tablespoon vegetable oil
1         can (10 ounces) ORTEGA® Mild Red Enchilada Sauce
1/4       cup water
2         ripe avocados
1         package (1 ounce) ORTEGA® Guacamole Seasoning Mix
12        ORTEGA® Fiesta Flats™ Flat Bottom Taco Shells
          Shredded lettuce

Place taco shells in food processor and pulse until coarse crumbs form. (Or place in re-sealable plastic bag and crush.) Combine crumbs, pork, and taco seasoning in mixing bowl.

Form mixture into small meatballs, about 1/2 inch in diameter. Heat oil in large skillet and brown meatballs lightly, in batches if necessary, about 5 minutes per batch, turning frequently. Return meatballs to skillet and add enchilada sauce and water. Bring to boil over high heat; reduce heat and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked.

Meanwhile, mash avocados and stir in guacamole seasoning mix. Let rest in refrigerator according to package instructions.

To serve, spoon meatballs and sauce into Fiesta Flats™. Top each with shredded lettuce and guacamole.


Slow Cooker Mexican Pork Fiesta Flats™
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 8 hours
Servings: 6

2         tablespoons olive oil
1         (3-pound) boneless pork roast
1         large yellow onion, thinly sliced
2         cups water
1/2       package (1.25 ounces) ORTEGA® Taco Seasoning Mix or 40% Less
          Sodium Taco Seasoning Mix
12        ORTEGA® Fiesta Flats™ Flat Bottom Taco Shells
          Sour cream, if desired

Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat and add pork roast. Cook, turning several times, until well-browned on all sides, approximately 7-9 minutes. Add sliced onions and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes, until onions are softened.

Place pork and onions in slow cooker. Pour water into skillet and scrape up any browned bits from bottom of pan. Add water and pan juices to slow cooker with taco seasoning. Cook for 8 hours on low, until pork is tender and falling apart. Pull meat with two forks into shreds.

To serve, mound pork into Fiesta Flats™ and top with taco sauce and sour cream, if desired.

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