This was my Dad’s favorite recipe. It has now become one of my husband’s favorite recipes too. I am a Texan. My parents are Texans and so are my grandparents and so forth. The reason I’m telling you this information is because the following recipe is a Texas recipe. The ingredients are:
- 1 tablespoon of cooking oil.
- Fideo (vermicelli), you can also use small shell pasta, it can also work on this recipe too.
- ¼ onion.
- a small bell pepper, it doesn’t matter the color but I always use green.
- 1 stalk of celery.
- A heaping teaspoon of cumin.
- A heaping teaspoon of garlic.
- ¼pound of ground beef.
- 1 can of tomato sauce or a can of tomatoes.
First you chop the celery, onion, and bell pepper into small pieces.
Second, put oil in a pan heat, and add the Fideo. Cook until lightly brown.
Then add the hamburger and brown that too. The browning of the hamburger only takes about five or so minutes.
Add the cumin and the celery, bell pepper, and onion. Add the garlic last. We don’t wasn’t to overcook the garlic because it can become bitter if it is sautéed too much.
This combination of celery, bell pepper, and onions is often called the “trio”. You can use the “trio” in all kinds of food.
Add the tomato sauce.
Let it boil at a low temperature.
The Fideo will be done in about twenty minutes. If you want it soupy turn the stove off. When my husband wants it dryer I put a lid on the pan until is fairly dry.
I have tell you that my husband’s mother made Fideo with a little garlic too. He tells me that his mother’s recipe was good. I tasted her Fideo and it was very different from the Texas recipe. Being a Texan I could never say anything bad about anyone’s cooking, even when I don’t like it. Joe was very surprised the first time I made him Texas Fideo with spices and meat. Now he can’t imagine eating Fideo any other way.