Weird Birds Recipes: Street Tacos

Three things about us:

A) We love street food.
B) We have lots of tomatoes on hand.
C) We love to slow cook anything and everything we can.

Hence this recipe, inspired by some of the best cart-based delights we have had the pleasure of coming across on our journeys. Spend half a day slow cooking a hunk-o-meat, put together some of Elizabeth’s secret salsa, add some sour cream, guacamole, shredded cheese, and corn tortillas and spend your evening reveling in the savory delight of street tacos. We like to serve all of the ingredients on their own, and let diners assemble tacos as they go. This hands-on approach is fun for social meals and enjoyed by the youngin’s.

Kevin’s IP-hoorAy Braised Pork

3-5lbs. Pork Shoulder
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 tbs brown sugar
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne (to taste)
1/2 tsb coarse sea salt
1 tsb ground pepper
2 medium onions, quartered
1 head of garlic, crushed
12 oz. fresh IPA
14 oz. can of diced tomatoes

Trim excess fat off of the pork, coat in olive oil, and place into a crock pot. Mix cumin, paprika, cayenne, sea salt, and ground pepper together and rub thoroughly into the meat. Add quartered onion and crushed garlic, followed by the IPA. Finally, add the tomatoes, but leave enough room for the liquid to simmer without boiling over. If needed, add a little water to ensure that the meat in completely submerged. Cook on low for 10-12 hours, until pork is succulent and can be pulled apart effortlessly with a fork. Remove meat, and shred. Top with some of the veggies and juices from the crock pot.

Elizabeth’s Secret Salsa

2 cups tomatoes (8-10 roma, 2 or 3 beefsteak… whatever you have on hand)
1 or 2 pepperoncinis, minced
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/8 – 1/4 cup pepperoncini juice from the jar (start with a little, add to taste)
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.  Ideally it should chill for an hour or so in the fridge, but we can never wait that long.  This salsa is great in lieu of pico de gallo, is versatile (add corn!  or olives!  or beans!) and incredibly quick to throw together.


One thought on “Weird Birds Recipes: Street Tacos

  1. MMMM. ohman, you guys…this is a dangerous combo of salsa + meatiness! (though since i don’t drink, i had to ask my boyfriend what IPA was, haha…) i can’t wait to try this!

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