August 17, 2012

Katie and I like to go and see the Rockies play on occasion, especially when our friend Jamie is in town. This visit has been no exception. Part of the deal locally, is if the Rockies score seven or more runs in the game, Taco Bell runs a promotion in that they give away free tacos the next day. Last night’s game we won, but didn’t quite meet the requirement for tacos. Additionally, I don’t think Taco Bell tacos are all that yummy, so here is a recipe for your own delicious tacos.

We used a basic, small-sized flour tortilla for our tacos. We then made the following filling:

18 oz braising beef or skirt steak

1 small onion


4 tomatoes

Herbs (we used thyme, oregano, and parsley)

A bit of salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar

Hot pepper of your choice

1 Tbsp vinegar

1 Tbsp tomato paste

The original recipe called for boiling the steak for about 30 minutes, at which point you shred the beef with forks. This totally didn’t work for us as boiling the steak made it pretty tough. We wound up shredding it by hand, which took a long time, so I would do all of this before hand. I think next time I would be inclined to a) brown the beef and cut it up b) boil the beef in something more flavorful or c) choose a different cut of beef entirely. Plus it looked unappetizing.

Beef issue aside, heat a saute pan with some olive oil and brown the onion and garlic. Next add the tomatoes, pepper and seasoning to the pan, reduce the heat and cook for approximately 20 minutes covered.

Remove the lid and cook for another ten minutes or so, until the sauce thickens a bit. Add the shredded beef and cook for a few minutes until everything is warmed through.

Once warmed through, you can begin plating your tacos. We added sour cream, romaine lettuce, feta, and sliced  radishes to our tacos, which made for a very surprising flavor. They taste very fresh and summery.