Rustic Mexican Tacos-Recipe by Chef Cat

With warm days come foods that celebrate spring/summer so here’s a recipe that will have the whole family licking their fingers! It’s healthy and easy to prepare so give it a try and simply your dinner!

INGREDIENTS:

Spice Mix
  • 1½ tbsp fajita mix
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp All Spice powder (ground All Spice)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder or garlic powder OR 1 tsp of each
  • 1 tsp DURANGO SMOKED SEA SALT
  • Black pepper
Beef
  • 1 – 2 tbsp GARLIC OR CILANTRO & ROASTED ONION EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
  • 3lb / 1.5kg beef brisket (or chuck, gravy or any other slow cooking beef) cut into 2 or 3 large pieces
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion, diced (yellow, brown or white)
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 14oz/400g can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef or chicken broth/stock
  • Water
  • DURANGO SMOKED SEA SALT and pepper
  • 1/4 cup of PINEAPPLE, MANGO or PASSIONFRUIT BALSAMIC VINEGAR
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Combine the fajita mix ingredients in a bowl. Sprinkle 4 tsp. over the beef and pat so it sticks.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy based pot over high heat. Add the beef (in batches if necessary) and cook so it is browned on all sides. Remove onto a plate.
  3. Turn the stove down to medium. If the pot looks dry, add more olive oil. Add the garlic, balsamic vinegar and onion and cook for 3 to 5 minutes until soft.
  4. Add the orange juice and lime juice, and scrape the bottom of the pot so the brown bits mix into the liquid. Then add the remaining fajita mix, canned tomatoes, beef broth and enough water so the beef is mostly, but not completely submerged.
  5. Put the lid on, bring to a simmer then turn the stove down so it is bubbling gently, not rapidly. Cook for 2 hours with the lid on, then 30 minutes with the lid off or until the beef is tender enough to shred  OR cook in slow cooker for 6 hours on low Or pressure cooker on high for 50 minutes.
  6. Remove the beef and shred it with 2 forks. Leave the sauce to simmer with the lid off for 10 to 15 minutes to reduce and thicken to your taste. Adjust salt to taste. Optional: puree with stick blender to make it smooth (I did this for the photos).
  7. To serve, toss the beef in the sauce – use as much as you want. Serve the extra sauce on the side.
Tacos
  1. To make tacos, serve the beef with warmed small tortillas, avocado slices, a simple pico de gallo (Note 2), shredded cheese, sour cream, lime wedges and extra cilantro/coriander leaves.

Enjoy!

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