by Franky Vivid
Tacoed Bacon: (tah’-kōd bā’-kən)
n. a decadent preparation of bacon, wherein it has been coated in taco seasoning and baked in the oven.
I’m going to be bold and say that I invented this. I’ve never heard of it before and I refuse to Google it in case I’m wrong (like I was with Cheez-It ™ Chicken and Muffaletta Pizza…grrr).
I’m not even sure what the inspiration was. I feel like it just happened. All I know is, I just know that I love taco seasoning and I love bacon. Boom.
This beautiful little beast can be eaten by itself, served alongside (but never in…shame on you) a bloody mary, crumbled onto nachos (effing yum), in huevos rancheros, you name it. The possibilities are endless. And you can also reserve the bacon grease after cooking for use in all kinds of things. In fact, if you come up with something revolutionary, let me know. I’m always up for hearing how much I inspire you. >[8^)] (FYI, that’s a smiling robot emoticon…something I also invented. It amused me to create an emoticon for something that doesn’t have emotions. Boom.)
Combine seasoning ingredients in a small bowl or ramekin and mix with a spoon (fingers work nicely as well). Line a baking sheet with foil. Separate the bacon and place it on the foil. Coat the top side of the bacon strips with the seasoning mix. Be generous. This isn’t a time for moderation. The bacon may not be healthy, but the seasonings aren’t the enemy.
Place the baking sheet in an unheated oven. Turn the oven on to 400 degrees. The bacon will begin to cook as the temperature rises. Keep an eye on the bacon and remove it when it reaches the desired doneness. I tend to take mine out after about 10 minutes so it doesn’t get too crispy. Remember, if you plan to eat this with something else that will be cooked (like nachos, pizza, etc), don’t go too long. The bacon will cook a little more in that process.
Once it’s cooked, remove from baking sheet with tongs and let drain on a paper towel. Blot the top dry, but don’t rub off the seasonings. Reserve the tacoed bacon grease for other dishes.