Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Authentic Mexican Shredded Beef Tacos

Authentic Mexican tacos made with a shredded, well seasoned beef roast, stuffed into a folded tortilla shell and deep fried.

Authentic Mexican Shredded Beef Tacos

Until I started reading up on them, I never knew that authentic Mexican tacos were made using shredded beef, rather than the Americanized version of Tex-Mex style ground beef tacos we are all accustomed to in the United States, and yes, even in our Mexican restaurants. The other day I was at the grocery store and it happened to be one of the days that they reduce meat, because I noticed lots of yellow stickers from across the aisle in the meat case. So, I wandered over to see what they had and found a great chuck roast for just a couple bucks.

When I decided I wanted a good authentic recipe for Mexican shredded beef, I stumbled upon this great blog belonging to David at Cooking Weblog - check him out sometime because he's got some great recipes there. I made some adaptations to his recipe and I have to tell you, this meat is incredible, and well, I had never heard of stuffing the taco and then frying it either, so that was also a totally new experience for me! Of course, you can always buy the corn taco shells to bake and stuff.


While you may not want to eat fried tacos on a daily basis, these tacos were totally over the top good - it may be hard to go back to tacos made with ground beef again.


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Recipe: Authentic Mexican Shredded Beef Tacos

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 3 hour | Yield: About 12-15 tacos

Ingredients
  • 1 (3 to 4 pound) chuck roast, cut into chunks, fat trimmed
  • 1/2 tablespoon of kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 small white or yellow onions, chopped fine
  • Oil for frying
  • Tortillas or taco shells
Ingredients

Put the chunks of meat into a stockpot and add all of the remaining seasoning ingredients, except for the onions. Cover with water plus about an inch and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 2 hours. Add the chopped onion and continue simmering, covered, for an additional hour. Uncover, stir to begin breaking up meat and continue simmering until liquid begins to reduce and meat fully shreds, about 1 more hour. Let cool.

Stuff meat into flour tortillas for soft tacos, or fold, pin with wooden toothpicks and fry in a skillet with about one inch of oil or deep fry. Alternatively, you can buy taco shells, bake them and then stuff them.

Note: Besides tacos, use this recipe for chalupas, flautas, taquitos, enchiladas, burritos, Mexican pizza and many of your favorite Tex-Mex recipes.

Crockpot: Add 3 cups of water to the slow cooker and whisk in the seasonings and onion. Add the meat, cover and let cook on low for 8 to 10 hours (depending on size of roast), or until meat is tender and falling apart.

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24 comments:

  1. Thank You! That Mexican Shredded Beef Tacos looks great. I copied it.

    I Love Cooking, Crocheting, My little girl ( Sissy our Maltese) and Reading..

    Susan

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  2. Welcome to the blogging world Susan! Hope you come back to visit again and that you enjoy the shredded beef!!

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  3. Yes, these do look really great! Isn't it funny how the "mexican" food we in most of the US grew up with isn't actually Mexican food!!

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  4. I've been checking out all of your recipes, so many and they all look so good. I'm new to this blogging and I'm glad I found your site.

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  5. Mmmm, about time I make tacos again :)

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  6. Oh this is like my favorite thing ever, can I come over for dinner, pretty please???

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  7. OM Goodness!!! I've been making similar tacos for years (and I'm not mexican); mine are raw hamburger pattied onto 1/2 of corn tortilla then deep fried folding them over in the oil; cook on one side then the other. As soon as they come out of the oil I fill with cheese. All the other fixin's are up to everyone else. I never thought I'd find a recipe online so similar to the way I've always made them. My recipe came from my mom who got it from a military wife in the early 1960's (the military wife was mexican). I grew up with these tacos. They are a staple in my house.

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  8. These really do looks great. I think I'm going to have to go blog hopping. Thanks for sharing this with
    us.

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  9. ...mouth watering.. having hard time resisting.. MUST HAVE!

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  10. Mary, thanks for sharing your Cooking Weblog find. Wow, I think you met your match with that blog. Between making your recipes and Cooking Weblog recipes, I will be very busy and very fat! I love to cook, love new recipes and creating new ones. I created a potato recipe that's really good. I will send it to you soon.

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  11. I know Heather - I didn't realize that for most of my life!

    Hi PictureGirl! I popped by your site recently - look forward to seeing your photography!

    Karen, Sherri, Newlyweds & Bill, these were SO delicious. Hope you give 'em a try!!

    Susan, that is so ironic isn't it? Well there's no doubt - these are the best way to go.

    Brenda, I know! Isn't that a great site? Well, when I find one like that I just have to share it! I was just thinking of a potato casserole today! Can't wait!!

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  12. I tried these and they are amazing. I struggled with closing them correctly everytime though. My husband looked at them funny but once he tasted them, he wanted more. The only thing I did different was added some of my own taco seasoning and u definitely want to use Corn Tortillas warmed with a splash of oil in a skillet to keep them from tearing so easily. I can't wait to try these again, Thanks for the Recipe!

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  13. I tried these and they are amazing. I struggled with closing them correctly everytime though. My husband looked at them funny but once he tasted them, he wanted more. The only thing I did different was added some of my own taco seasoning and u definitely want to use Corn Tortillas warmed with a splash of oil in a skillet to keep them from tearing so easily. I can't wait to try these again, Thanks for the Recipe!

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  14. They do take a bit of getting used to the first time but they are good! Thanks for taking the time to come back and comment. :)

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  15. I made these last night when my son came to visit - he brought his room mate - I did not have leftovers - they were that good! He told me he definitely preferred the shredded meat over ground. Thanks for the recipe!

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  16. It's certainly different from what we are used to, but we loved them too! So glad y'all enjoyed them and thanks so much for taking the time to come back and leave a comment!

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  17. I have been searching for this recipe my whole life! That may sound a bit dramatic, however, I made these yesterday, and...they...are...AMAZING!!!!
    I told my husband we may not ever have to go out for mexican again. That's the only reason I go is the spicy shredded meat, and deep fried flauta/chalupa style tacos. I did some with soft warmed corn shells with a squeeze of lime, chopped red onions and fresh cilantro..(looove). And also some in flour shells toothpicked and fried (just in a cast iron skillet in less than an inch of oil)...Paired with cilantro lime rice recipe, I found @(the pioneerwoman.com). Family loved it too. They weren't quite as excited as me, but definitely enjoyed the dinner. This may be my new favorite website...printed a slew of recipes enough to get me out of my cooking rut I seem to have slipped into,I may live in MI. but feel more southern at heart, and most of the time cook like it too. "Liked" you on FB. Thank you for the great recipes!

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  18. I have been searching for this recipe my whole life! That may sound a bit dramatic, however, I made these yesterday, and...they...are...AMAZING!!!!
    I told my husband we may not ever have to go out for mexican again. That's the only reason I go is the spicy shredded meat, and deep fried flauta/chalupa style tacos. I did some with soft warmed corn shells with a squeeze of lime, chopped red onions and fresh cilantro..(looove). And also some in flour shells toothpicked and fried (just in a cast iron skillet in less than an inch of oil)...Paired with cilantro lime rice recipe, I found @(the pioneerwoman.com). Family loved it too. They weren't quite as excited as me, but definitely enjoyed the dinner. This may be my new favorite website...printed a slew of recipes enough to get me out of my cooking rut I seem to have slipped into,I may live in MI. but feel more southern at heart, and most of the time cook like it too. "Liked" you on FB. Thank you for the great recipes!

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  19. Welcome Andrea! Glad you enjoyed the recipe & thank you so much for taking the time to come back and comment too. I appreciate that!!

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  20. This looks tasty. We are going on a two week vacation and I thought about bringing my crockpot to use in 2 of the vacation homes. Now I think I will for sure. That would be good to come home to after a day of sight seeing.

    Karen

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  21. Oh Karen, yes! You should!! Bring your crockpot and let it do the work for you - make bbq beef for sandwiches, or pulled pork, sloppy joes, Italian beef for sandwiches, roast beef for sandwiches - any of those would be good choices. http://www.deepsouthdish.com/2008/01/crockpot-recipes.html

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  22. We have a great hard shell taco with shredded beef place called 'Titos Tacos' in Los Angeles. I am trying to make them for the first time and will try this recipe. One thing about Titos is their beef is fairly dried and not oily on the shell.

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    1. I've never had the pleasure! I did look online at some photos to see what the meat looked like, but all I could see was a bunch of cheddar cheese LOL!! Well, I'm not sure if the meat is anything like this & they don't fry the shells like this, but I can tell you that these are very good! Looks like they have some kind of a red sauce that is different from regular taco sauce - maybe a little like red enchilada sauce. Bet that's homemade!

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