Shepherd's Tacos (Tacos al Pastor)
Is that a tumbleweed I see rolling across this blog space?
So here is something funny. Remember, remember in my last post when I was like 'back to normal life next week!' Anybody...anybody 'member that?
Well, first. THIS.
So I had the baby without any complications (except an insanely long labor of 18 hours ohmygod DON'T DO THAT!). And now we're back to normal.
EXCEPT THERE IS A BABY IN MY LAP AS I TYPE THIS! My arm might be smothering him a little. Sorry baby!
I like him a lot. I love him like crazy. Mother hormones are shooting through my veins like cocaine. All of that gets cancelled out at three in the morning though, I'll tell you what.
I'm a g-dang mom. Sleep deprived, starving, and thrilled that my belly button is concave once again.
And there is a child. And he is beautiful.
Here is a taco recipe. It is oh so good. It is called 'al pastor' which means 'shepherd tacos'. The running joke in Mexico as I recall is that, depending on what taco stand you get them from, you might end up with some German Shepherd tacos. If you know what I mean.
But these are not dog tacos. These are wonderful. And as close to the real thing as I can get here in the rainy northwest (if you want something done right you have to do it yourself).
Another nice thing about these tacos is that the "marinade" you soak the meat in is basically just a delicious red salsa. Dip your chips in it! Not after it had raw meat in it however.
Baby's waking up!
Tacos al Pastor (adapted again from Spicie Foodie - hooray!)
2.2 lbs pork, boneless, skinless and extra fat removed, chopped into bite size pieces
3 chile guajillos
2 chiles anchos
2 chiles de arbol (these can all be found dried in the Mexican aisle of almost any American grocery store)
1 t whole cumin seed
3 garlic cloves
1 small white onion, peeled and halved or 1/4 of large onion
pinch black pepper
1 t sea salt
1 cup fresh pineapple, finely chopped
fresh finely chopped cilantro
fresh finely white onion
Boil about a quart of water. Turn off the heat, and soak chiles in hot water for 15 minutes. In mean time blacken the tomato, onion and garlic cloves on top of a hot griddle or grill. Place the tomato, onion and garlic cloves in the blender as well as the spices. Remove the chiles from the hot water and reserve the water. Remove the stems and seed from the chiles then place in blender. Add about 1/3 cup of the boiling water to the blender. Blend into a smooth salsa.
Place the bite size pork pieces inside a container. Pour the salsa over the meat. Stir until well combined, cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.
Next day, drain extra liquid from the meat. Heat a little bit of corn or vegetable oil in a large pan. Cook the pork until it has cooked all the way through. About 20 minutes. Allow to simmer under low heat until ready to serve.
Scoop a small amount into the middle of a corn tortilla, top with finely chopped onion, pineapple, cilantro and lime wedges on the side.