Tacos were around even before the Europeans arrived in Mexican. Early inhabitants of the Valley of Mexico are known to have stuffed Tacos with small, easily caught fish, and mix them with a variety of spices. Legend has it that the Spanish conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo shared the taco recipe with his soldiers when he arrived in Mexico, and they loved it.
Tacos are famous the world over, though they originally come from Mexico. Though most people refer to Tacos as the hard shells, this is just one type – they can also refer to those made with soft flour tortillas. The beauty of tacos is that you can really add anything you like, meat or vegetables – though of course there some traditional recipes that are popular in Mexico – like “Tacos de Cabeza” which is stuffed with the insides of a cow’s head – or “Tacos de Asador” which means “grilled” or “spit”, and generally comes with salsa and guacamole to dip. Today, I’d like to teach you how to make a traditional Suadero taco. Suadero is simply a word for the cut of beef we will be using, in this case from the breast of the cow. It tends to be smoother in texture than other beef. This is quite a big recipe as I generally make them for family parties and such, but you can easily scale it down if you’d just like to try. They do make great party food though!
30 corn tortillas.
4.5 lbs of washed suadero.
4 cups of milk.
2 bay leaves.
2 cloves of garlic.
4 cups of oil.
Pepper to taste.
Salt to taste.
First, marinade the beef with the milk, 4 cups of water, some salt and pepper. A few hours should do the trick. When you’re ready to cook, heat the oil in a pressure cooker, drain the suadero and let it fry a little. If you don’t want to fry the meat like this because it’s too much hassle, just go ahead and fry it in a little oil in your fry pan instead. Then transfer everything to a frying pan. Add the onion, some water, peppercorns, garlic and other flavours and cook it covered for around 35 minutes, until the meat is soft. Remove it from the flame, let the pot cool and drain the beef. Chop the beef and serve it in the hot tortillas to form tacos. Now you can add your own twist to the recipe too, with your favorite salad leaves and peppers.
Check out this site if you’d like to try another traditional taco recipe.