Guest Author - Martha McKinnon
I first fell in love with tacos back in seventh grade Spanish class and it's a love affair that continues. In Mexico, tacos are street food served in markets and small stands all over the Country. They are eaten as small snacks while out and about, authentic Mexican fast food, if you will.
In the US tacos continue to gain popularity with lots of different taco recipes available to choose from. Tacos are perfect any time of day for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a satisfying snack.
This recipe for Smoky Beef Tacos from Everyday Food Magazine is easy and delicious.
Beef and a blend of seasonings are stirred together and slow roasted in the oven for several hours, until fork tender. Serve these delicious easy Mexican tacos with your choice of toppings such as shredded lettuce, chopped onion, chopped tomato, shredded cheese, and avocado.
You can soften tortillas in the oven, the microwave, or toast them over a low gas flame, the choice is yours.
You will find canned chipotle peppers in adobo in the Mexican food section of most well stocked grocery stores.
Smoky Beef Tacos Recipe
2 to 3 tablespoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo
1/2 cup ketchup
1 cup water
8 garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons dried oregano
Salt and pepper
1 boneless beef chuck roast (about 3 pounds)
16 corn tortillas (6-inch) warmed or toasted
Toppings of your choice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a heavy pot or Dutch oven with a tight fitting lid large enough to hold the beef, stir together the chiles, ketchup, water, garlic, oregano, 2 teaspoons salt and, 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Cut beef into 4 equal size chunks and add them to the pot, turning to coat them with sauce. Cover the pot and bring it to a boil over medium high heat. Once the mixture is boiling transfer the covered pot to the oven.
Bake until the beef is fork tender, about 2 1/2 hours.
Remove from the oven, and transfer the beef to a bowl. Skim as much fat as you can from the top of the cooking liquid and throw it away. With 2 forks, shred the beef and moisten it with the cooking liquid. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve the smoky shredded beef with tortillas and desired toppings.
Makes 16 smoky beef tacos
Source: Everyday Food Magazine
You might need...
A High Quality Dutch Oven - which is so great for oven roasting
Large Pancake Tortilla Keeper