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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What's Cooking Wednesday - Street Tacos

What's Cooking Wednesday is a nifty meme hosted by The Kings Court IV and Turning the Clock Back. I decided to participate because I love to cook and share great recipes!

Street-style tacos are my favorite easy meal. They require so little effort for the main attraction (aka the meat), and all the ingredients can be prepped the day before if you want except for the tortillas. Some people even go all out and make their own tortillas (my heroes!), but you can just buy the pre-made corn tortillas for convenience. I make large amounts because my husband takes leftovers to work for lunch the next day. Here's my recipe:

Healthy Homemade Street Tacos
2 pounds of chicken breast, London broil, pork loin or whatever meat you choose, trimmed and cut into large chunks
Corn tortillas
Braising Liquid:
2 cup of water
1 cup of tomato sauce (unseasoned)
1/2 tbsp garlic powder OR 1 tbsp fresh garlic, minced
1/2 tbsp onion powder OR 1/3 cup chopped onion
1 tbsp chili powder/paprika combo (you choose the ratio)
Salt to taste
Chopped cilantro
Fresh salsa (made with chopped tomatoes, cilantro, chopped jalapeƱo, garlic, onion and lime juice)
Sour cream
Shredded cheese
All toppings are OPTIONAL

Place the chunks of meat in a stock pot with all the ingredients for the braising liquid. You can increase or decrease the seasonings as you see fit, or add other ingredients to increase the heat, like crushed red pepper or chipotle peppers. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cover. Braise meat for about an hour or until cooked thoroughly. You can drain the liquid from the pan or use a slotted spoon to remove the meat. Saving the liquid will keep the flavor fresh after you shred the meat. Shred the meat either by hand or in a food processor, then place it back in the remaining liquid. Keep warm on low heat while you heat the tortillas. Place the tortillas in a hot skillet and heat both sides, flipping frequently to prevent crisping. Do not use oil or your tortillas will get crispy and tough to chew. Add meat to the tortilla and your choice of toppings. Makes 12-16 tacos.

Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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