I tried taking notes while she was cooking, but after the 5th pinch of cumin and asking Mom "how much do you think that was, a quarter teaspoon?", I gave up and just enjoyed the process. So here is what I've learned about taco making...
1. Use very lean ground beef (we used 2 lbs of - makes enough for 4-6 people)
2. Shred your own cheese (we used chedder, but monterey jack is good too)
3. Fry your own tortilla shells. This is huge! (use white corn tortillas, a little bit of canola oil in the pan and with a tong, fry one half of the tortilla while holding the other side - bending it in half - repeat with the other side. Set aside on a paper towel. Keep warm.)
To season the ground beef:
Saute some yellow onion (we used 1/2 of a large Vidalia) and mix with the ground beef.
(This is all just by "taste")
Garlic (powder is fine)
Salt & pepper
Mix in your favorite salsa (we use 1/2 container of Newman's)
Stuff shells with beef, cheese, shredded iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes, and top with salsa. YUM!