Category Archives: Mexican food

Baked Taco Shells {A #Quicky}

Alright tacos as a staple in my home, and though I disagree , FUNDAMENTALLY, with the stance that crunchy tacos are king, everyone in my life thinks crunchy tacos are king :'(. Now don’t get me wrong, I love crunchy tacos as much as anyone. But a soft tortilla is my preferred delivery method for taco type fillings.

I cant say I’m a fan of how up to half of those store bought shells are always broken, and why is it the nutrition facts on a pack of corn tortillas is not entirely terrible, but a pack of shells is like a sodium bomb waiting to go off in your face. Not to mention that a 30 pack of Corn tortillas cost like $2 and a pack of 8 taco shells cost like $3.

So I make my own, and I do them in various ways depending on how I’m feeling and what i want that day.  I do dorados when I can, or just fry my shells myself.  but usually I like to bake my shells, if nothing else it gives me that wide mouthed taco shell effect.

The Ingredients:

Corn Tortillas, White or Yellow your choice
Vegetable oil

The Instructions:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees or so,
Warm your Tortillason a pan,
Drape Tortillas over the rack of you oven,
Bake for about 15-20 minutes,
Fill with meat, Veggies or whatever your heart desires,
Enjoy Tacos.

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Chile Colorado (Red Chili)

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Cilantro on top to look fancy

One of my all time favorite Mexican dishes is Chile Colorado or red chili.  It is usually beef in a delicious red cause made of peppers, onions, and spices. I find it to be best served with some pinto beans (Homemade), and a warm (Preferably Fresh) Tortilla.

 

The Ingredients:

3.5 Lbs Chuck roast (you could use stew meat for this)

1 bag of dried New Mexico Chilis

1.5 cups Beef Broth

1 Red onion, Sliced thin (not pictured)

2-4 Tblsp Cumin

2 Tblsp Mexican Oregano

1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

Salt & Pepper to taste

2 Tblsp Paprika

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The Instructions:

First up is the beef, you will need to cube up your roast into uniform pieces.and begin to fry off the meat in about a table spoon of oil.  you will want to do this in batches to make sure you brown all sides of the meat, and don’t stew it in its own juices instead.

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Chop chop

Once the meat is fried off you will transfer it to a crock pot with 2 cups of beef broth,  to cook for approximately 8 hours or until it is fork tender.  Mean while you can start you red sauce,  for this you’ll need to boil some water, I use an electric kettle myself (way faster).  clean your dried chilies by wiping them down with a paper towel and then de-seeding them.  Place a pot on the stove and boil your water in it.   dump in you thinly sliced onions, and dried chilies.  boil for a few minutes or until the chilies and onions are soft.  once the chilies and onions have done their cooking, its time to blend them down,  toss all the solid ingredients into a food processor and blend them down as smooth as you can.  Don’t worry it will never be perfectly smooth, there are other steps to get you to that point.

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Onion chili paste

Once you’ve got your mixture blended as much as you can, pour it through a fine mesh sieve to get out any seeds or skin that remain.  next carefully pour the boiling liquid through the sieve o get out any particles.  re-combine the chili puree and boiling liquid and place back on the stove and reduce.  set this aside as it is ready and awaiting some delicious slow cooked beef.

20160108_101216When your beef has reached that folk tender stage of existence its time to finish this all up.  First return the chili sauce to the stove to heat up, next and this is optional but i think  it make better flavor, pour all the cooking liquid from the crock pot into the chili and reduce again (lots of flavor concentrated in there now), finally add the sauce to the meat in the crock pot and you are all set.

Cook time: 8 to 10 hours

Serves: 8-10