Tag Archives: MExican food

Barbacoa Mexican Street Tacos

Barbacoa Mexican Street Tacos

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Barbacoa Mexican Street Tacos
IMG_0819
IMG_0817IMG_0810
Typically on Sundays, if I am not traveling, I plan out some meals for the week. Jill keeps it challenging because she is pretty simple which doesn’t help me blog new recipes…tacos, spaghetti/pasta, burgers, sandwiches or bbq. So this Sunday, she said ground beef tacos. Since we just had those recently, I stayed with beef but decided on barbacoa street tacos. There is a little joint in Cabo we went to that is open air serving up really simple tacos. Double corn tortillas with simple flavored meats with basic toppings of pico, cilantro or chopped onions. Cheese never makes an appearance.

I kept it really simple to let the meat be the start. Only garnished with cilantro, onions and avocado with a little Monterrey Jack to provide a barrier for my tortilla so it wouldn’t fall apart in case I had too much juice from the meat. Simple and delicious.

Ingredients:
Cut of chuck roast
1 Mexican beer
Beef Stock to almost cover
Fresh grated Monterrey Jack Cheese
Corn Tortillas
1 jalapeno
1 chopped onion
stems of a bunch of cilantro
4 tbs of Kosher Salt
3 tbs of Chili Powder
2 tbs of Garlic Powder
2 tbs of Onion Powder
2 tbs of Ground Cumin

Topped with Avocado, Onion Cilantro
IMG_0814
Directions:
1. In a crock pot add the onions, sliced jalapeno (seeds and all), cilantro stems at the bottom. Rub the meat with the seasoning and place on top of the vegetables. Pour the beer in and enough beef stock to almost top and cover the meat. Cook for 8 hours and until the meat is fall apart tender. IMG_0809

2. Prep: Dice your onions and cilantro. Grate your cheese. Pull your tortillas. And take your shredded meat and put it into a bowl and squeeze out the juice.

3. In a lightly oiled non stick pan on medium heat place your tortillas for about 30 seconds. Flip and add the cheese and cook this side for about 30 or 40 seconds. Remove. Add your meat and condiments. Enjoy.
IMG_0812IMG_0815

Dallas Brisket Tacos (Mia’s copycat) with Tomatillo, Avocado, Jalapeno Ranch Side salad

Dallas Brisket Tacos

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Dallas Brisket Tacos
IMG_0008IMG_0011
Mia’s is a Dallas mexican restaurant dynasty. Two of their popular dishes are their brisket tacos and stuffed Chile Rellenos. This small unassuming house converted to restaurant is where Jerry Jones was rumored to have signed Jimmy Johnson as the Cowboy’s head coach. Mia’s family tree branches off to another Dallas fav, Mi Cocina, which also serves brisket tacos that are pretty similar.

Mia’s has well seasoned and super tender brisket topped with some onions and roasted poblano pepper pieces topped with melted Monterrey Jack cheese. They serve it with a little side of brisket gravy, a simple salad, some slices of avocado, mexican rice and refried beans. It’s a perfect plate.

Cinco de Mayo was rolling around and I wanted to create a nice mexican spread. I’ve recently posted recipes of beef/chicken tacos and enchiladas but I don’t think I have created a proper brisket taco recipe. So poking around for recipes I was reunited with one of my favorite blogs Homesick Texan http://www.homesicktexan.com/ by Lisa Fain. She makes my kind of food and likely eats at my kind of joints. She has been at this for a while and her cookbooks are great imho. I have both.

Ingredients
Brisket
Butchered brisket (size depends upon serving size)
1 yellow onion (rough chopped)
7 cloves of garlic (rough chopped)
handful of cilantro
2-3 jalapeno’s seeded and sliced
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
4 cups of beef broth
1 mexican beer
1 tbs of cumin
1 tbs of ancho chili powder

2 Poblano peppers (roasted, skinned, sliced)
sliced yellow onion (or grilled green onion)
Fresh shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
Flour tortillas
Kosher Salt

Side Salad with Avocado Tomatillo Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
1 tomatillo
1 avocado
1/4 cup of pickled jalapenos
handful of cilantro
2 cloves of garlic
Juice of 1 lime
4 glugs of Worcestershire
4 glugs of hot sauce
1 tbs white vinegar
1/2 cup of Dukes Mayo
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1-2 tbs of Ranch seasoning
milk or cream as needed

1. Knock out the dressing really quickly. Everything in the blender and blend until smooth. If you need to loosen it up do so with some milk or cream do so.
IMG_0009
2. Brisket. Salt and Pepper it and sear it off in a high heated cast iron skillet. Sear it on all sides and then add to a crockpot. Turn the fire down to medium. Add onions and a little oil or bacon grease to soften. Throw in garlic and red wine vinegar to deglaze the pan. Add that to the crockpot along with everything else on the list.
Cook for 7-8 hours.
IMG_0005
3. About 20 minutes before you are ready to eat. Remove the brisket and let it rest. Shred it with a fork and bring along some of the onions and jalapenos. Char your Poblano peppers, put them in a bowl and cover to steam them. Remove the skin and slice into strips (seeded of course). Slice some onion into strips.

4. Fill your flour tortilla with the brisket, top with peppers, onions and cheese and put the taco under a broiler so the cheese melts. Toss your salad and serve and eat.
IMG_0007IMG_0013IMG_0008