It's National Taco Day!
Braised Beef Tacos
Recipe and photo courtesy of http://www. thenibble.com
It's Taco Day…and who doesn't love tacos? For this holiday, you're allowed to pull out all the stops! This recipe, courtesy of www.thenibble.com, takes advantage of all the wonderful , zesty flavors from south of the border. It's a spicy fiesta for your mouth. With the chile peppers and chocolate, you get a nice mixture of hot and sweet. This meal is sure to be a favorite for those who aren't afraid of the kick!
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
- 2 pounds boneless beef chuck, well trimmed, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1/3 cup tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon ancho chile pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 ounce semi-sweet baking chocolate, broken in half
- 12 corn tortillas (6-inch)
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in 5-quart Dutch oven or saucepot on medium-high heat. Add 1/2 of the beef; brown on all sides. Repeat with remaining beef. Remove beef; set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in same pot on medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 3 minutes. Add water; stir to loosen browned bits in bottom of pan. Add beef, beef broth, tomato paste and seasonings; mix well. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in chocolate. Simmer, uncovered, 1 hour or until beef is tender and sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally.
Brush both sides of tortillas lightly with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Cook each tortilla in nonstick skillet on medium heat 1 minute per side or until tortilla is slightly crisp but still pliable. Drain on paper towels. Spoon about 1/4 cup beef mixture into center of each tortilla. Top with desired garnishes. Fold and serve.