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Thursday Gourmet

14 May, 2009

As I kid, I always loved Mexican night at our house.  It generally followed a day or two after a big pot of chili con carne ((((Mom))) made it with kidney beans and mushrooms (she called it ‘Polish Chile’ to avoid all those damn arguments about what should (or should not) be in chili)) and was a great way to use up the leftovers.  Sometimes, if the budget allowed, we had actual ground beef tacos.

In Flagstaff, we occasionally ate at one of the Mexican or Tex-Mex places.  The first time I hit food that was too spicy was at a little Tex-Mex place in Kanab, Utah.  I loved Mexican food, whether traditional or anglo-cized.

When I hit college, there was a great little Mexican restaurant in Keene (when they brought the plates, they always warned the diner to be careful — hot plate;  the food was sometimes cold).  One of their specialties was shredded beef or shredded pork tacos:  gently seasoned, tender, salty, and delicious.  And for the life of me, I could never figure out how to make the damn stuff at home.

I did some research, and found that the traditional method (for the beef, at least) was to smoke it, grind it dry, and add the moisture later.  Which helped me not at all.

Finally, though, I learned how to do it right.  Here, then, are two recipes:  one for shredded beef and one for shredded pork. Read the rest of this entry ?