We’ve gotten so used to all these mashups that we don’t appreciate the simple classic recipes any more. Now because of the mashup revolution we are in, I want to reintroduce you to the delicious Authentic Street Taco! Ok, enough preaching let’s cook!
The first street taco recipe I created was chicken tinga. It’s a combination of tomatillos, tomatoes, jalapeños, onions, garlic and chipotles. Traditionally you are supposed to boil them, but why boil when you can roast right?! Once they have cooked down and charred slightly, you want to mash them up using a mortar and pestle or a blender. When mashing it, add in some ground cumin, oregano and salt for some seasonings. Be sure to taste it because wow is it delicious!
Once your brown up your chicken you then slow cook it on the stove top with that amazingly tasty roasted tomatillo-chipotle braising liquid along with some chicken stock. After you add in the stock you need to taste it because you may need to add a little more salt. You have to remember that the braising liquid will also season the meat, so if the liquid is bland so will your chicken be. Once it’s cooked, remove the bones and pull it apart. Try not to eat all of it, because it’s delicious!
Top the chicken tinga tacos off with some fresh avocado and cilantro.
Next up for our street taco recipe, are the tortilla shells. Something I’ve become more aware of is ingredients that are in foods. If you go buy store bought tortillas, even organic, you’re going to see quite a few ingredients. You know what’s in a homemade tortilla? Masa, water and salt, that’s it!! Combine the ingredients, roll golf ball sized dough balls, press it and cook in a pan. No oil, no mess, no nothing! Yes, it’s that easy.
Last but not least are the beef tacos. You can use top sirloin, skirt steak or flank steak. The trick is to mince the heck out of it until it closely resembles ground beef. Yes, your arm will hurt from all the chopping, but I promise it’s worth it! From there you sauté in chopped onions along with some cumin, chili powder, lime juice, salt and pepper. Simple, delicious, and of course classic.
And hook up the beef tacos with minced onion and cilantro.
Let your palette remember how amazing and flavorful traditional recipes are when done right. Enjoy!
For the Chicken Tacos:
For the Beef Tacos:
For the Tortillas:
Preheat the oven to 400°.
Chicken: Place the tomatoes, tomatillos, onions, garlic and jalapeños on a non-stick cookie sheet tray and toss in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in the oven at 400° for 30 to 35 minutes or until everything is lightly charred.
Mash the ingredients along with the chipotle pepper, cumin, oregano and salt and pepper using a mortar and pestle until smooth. Set aside.
Next, season the chicken on all sides with salt and pepper and in a large rondeau over high heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil sear the chicken until golden brown on both sides.
Add the tomatillo mixture along with the chicken stock and cover and simmer over low heat for2 hours. Remove the skin and bones from the chicken and shred. Keep warm.
Beef: In a large saute pan over medium-high heat with olive oil add in 1 cup of diced onions, beef, cumin, chili powder and salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked throughout, about 5 to 6 minutes. Keep warm and set aside.
Tortillas: Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until completely combined. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes.
Next, make golf ball sized dough balls and press them using a tortilla press.
Cook the tortillas in a non-stick skillet over medium heat until they become lightly browned around the edges. Keep warm.
To Plate: Place some shredded chicken in a homemade tortilla and garnish with avocado and cotija cheese. Next, place some beef in a homemade tortilla and garnish with diced onions and chopped cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.
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