The "original and genuine" Holly Inn Tacorito

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After a discussion on our October 18, 2003 program about the Holly Inn Tacorito sauce, a listener sent me this. She claims she got it from a cook at the Holly Inn.

It's interesting, and some things about it point to authenticity, while others make me suspicious. Please let me know if you try making it, and how it comes out.

2-lbs. ground beef
1 med. onion chopped fine

Cook until beef is done, add salt, pepper, and a little onion powder to taste.

Sauce (Make the Day Before)
1 1/2 C lard
3 1/8 C flour
3/4 lb. sausage (Cooked)
1 C canned Chili Caribe
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
Salt to taste
1/2 gallon water (boiling)

In a large, heavy pan, melt lard. Add 3 1/8 C Flour, mix well and cook for 2 minutes.
Add sausage, chili, garlic powder and chili powder (salt to taste).
Mix and add 1/2 gallon boiling water, stir until sauce is thick.
Store in refrigerator (can be frozen).
When ready to use, add small amounts of water to sauce to obtain consistency you want.

Making the Tacorito
Using flour tortillas, add filling, shredded lettuce, grated cheese.
Fold and roll tortilla, place on serving plate.
Top with hot Tacorito Sauce, shredded cheese.
Place in hot oven until cheese melts.
Remove from oven and add more shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and chopped onions.