Shredded Beef Tacos; Recipe


Shredded Beef Tacos; Recipe

Tacos, Tacos, Tacos! Who doesn’t love tacos? I have a love for tacos; all kinds of tacos. Steak, chicken, fish, carne adobada, lengua (beef tongue), chicharone (pork skin), chivo (goat), chorizo con juevos (sausage and egg), carnitas; you name it! Here is a simple way to enjoy tacos at home using one of my favorites cuts of beef; the versatile Chuck Roast.

Ingredients

1 Chuck Roast 2-3 pounds trimmed of excess fatShredded Chuck Roast

1 onion quartered

2-3 cloves garlic smashed with a knife

1/2 tsp black pepper

salt to taste

Fresh garden salsa

Fresh guacamole

lime wedges

Cilantro

Chopped serrano chilies

Homemade Hot Sauce

Corn or Flour Tortillas

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Heat a dutch oven to medium high. Salt and pepper both sides of Chuck Roast. Brown chuck roast on both sides for about 4-5 minutes. Add onions and garlic and cover half way with water. Cover and place in 325 degree oven for 3 1/2 hours. After 1 1/2 hours turn over the chuck roast and return to oven. Cook chuck roast for another hour and remove to shred with two forks. Return the roast to oven uncovered for another 30 minutes. Remove after 30 minutes stir and shred the chuck roast some more and return to oven for a final 30 minutes.  The liquid should be gone leaving only the fat from the chuck roast. Remove from oven and cover. Prepare tortillas and serve with fresh salsa, guacamole, cilantro and fresh lime wedges. Add homemade hot sauce if you like a little more heat. The shredded beef should be very tender.

Homemade Hot Sauce Recipe

Guacamole

4 ripe avocados
1 medium onion
2-3 serrano chiles finely chopped
1 Handful cilantro
Juice of one lime
1 Tsp salt or more to taste

In a blender or food processor combine quartered onion, serranos, cilantro, salt and juice of ½ lime. Blend until smooth. In a bowl, mash avocados with a potato masher or fork until only small chunks remain. Next add serrano, cilantro, onion and lime juice mixture. Do not add all at once; about ¾ usually is but this way we can make it to our own taste and consistency. Add remaining lime juice if needed.

Carnitas

Carnitas at Jaimes in Arandas Mexico

Salsa

3-5 garden tomatoes chopped
1 medium white
2-3 serrano chiles finely chopped
1 handful chopped cilantro.
Juice of 1-2 limes.
1 Tsp salt

In a bowl combine all ingredients and let rest in the refrigerator for about ½ hour.
For a more liquid salsa combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor.

Enjoying chivo tacos (roasted goat) in Ocotlan de Morelos, Oaxaca Mexico.

Enjoying chivo tacos (roasted goat) in Ocotlan de Morelos, Oaxaca Mexico.

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