My family has arrived and I am always thinking what to prepare. And to be honest, I am incredibly proud having Mexican husband and everything related to Mexican culture, food included. Therefore, this time, we have decided to prepare tacos for my family. They have never had an opportunity to go to Mexico, so we wanted to brought Mexico to them 😉
Tacos make an excellent family meal or even party food because they are easy to make. You can use your imagination and crate it as you wish! Lots of people enjoy tacos but the history behind this appetizing treat is interesting as well. The earliest tacos were made with thin slices of meat cooked over coals. The meat was then placed in a corn tortilla and topped with salsa, onions, guacamole, and lime. This taco is known as the carne asada taco.
Tacos have been modified throughout the years to suit everyone’s tastes. Fish tacos, soft flour tortilla tacos, and other variations have made their way to households all across the world. Taco kits are a fast, easy, and convenient way to make terrific tacos at home in a hurry. These kits contain salsa, spices for meats, and taco shells. Adventurous cooks can make fun taco creations by experimenting in the kitchen with many different spices and ingredients.
The simplicity of the tacos makes tacos a food that almost anyone can make without spending a fortune. The ability to add delicious meats like chicken, fish, ground beef, and steak, as well as toppings such as lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, and other ingredients offers endless combinations. With the versatility of tacos, it is easy to see why this simple food has become a worldwide sensation throughout the centuries.
Cochinita pibil taco is typical Mexican slow – cooked pork taco which involves marinating the meat in strongly acidic citrus juice and roasting the meat while it is wrapped in banana leaf. As my mum cannot stand even pepper, we skipped spiciness completely this time 🙂
What do you need:
2 kg pork lean
150 g achiote paste
250 ml orange juice
120 ml lemon juice
120 ml white wine vinegar
2 tbsp lard
1/2 tbsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tbsp ground cumin
8 garlic cloves
1 piece of bay leaf
banana leaves for wrapping (optional, if you do not have them, nothing happens)
salt and pepper
Additionally and optional:
4 purple onions
limes for fresh lime juice
parsley / coriander
Firstly, prepare all ingredients and marinate meat with achiote paste, orange and lemon juice, vinegar, cinnamon powder, cumin, crushed garlic cloves, salt and pepper. I keep the meat in one big piece. Make a bed with banana leaves, place marinated meat in, spread the lard over it and wrap it well. Place the meat into the slow cooker and let it cook until so tender that it falls apart (I usually leave it in slow cooker over night or the whole day). You can prepare it in the oven at 180 degrees for about 3 hours or until really soft and tender.
While preparing meat, cut the purple onions into strips and if you do not mind a bit of spiciness, chop chilies into very small pieces as well. Put it into the bowl and cut lime and squeeze lime juice into the bowl. Let it set for couple of hours. The onion will get nicely “cooked” and it goes great with tacos.
When is your meat ready, shred it and leave it in slow cooker. You can start preparing tacos. Take tortillas and warm them up. You can dip them in pot with meat and “fry” them with that juice (it is delicious 🙂 ). And afterwards, serve with shredded meat, prepared onions on top and chopped fresh parsley or coriander. This is the right Mexican – style! 🙂 However, if you want to make it a bit more like Tex-Mex, you can add sour cream, rice or avocado on top and tomatoes aside 😉
Enjoy those delicious tacos! I always can eat quite good amount of those 🙂
Vero & Canito