12 posts tagged Latin American

Braised Pork Shoulder Breakfast Tacos

Though I've done so in the past (I know; bad, bad Lauren!), I just can't bring myself to call these braised pork shoulder breakfast tacos "carnitas". I didn't slow cook them in lard, and sort of cheated, if I'm being honest. Because really, that's just what braising is; joyous, minimal prep, and then shoving the meat in a dutch oven with some liquid, and just let. it. go. I watched nearly the entire web series The Guild (highly recommended if you're an internet nerd, and well, you're reading this blog, so I strongly suspect that you might be) while I was waiting for dinner to be ready. I wrote the recipe for a larger amount of pork (because most people will have a 4-6 lb. pork shoulder to work with), but what I like to do since we recently invested in our KA meat grinder (on another note, grinding meat has become somewhat relaxing in a way), is to buy a 10-12 lb hunk of shoulder from our favourite meat shop and break it down into 1-2 lb. freezable portions, so that I'm rarely overcooking and thus, boring ourselves with the same leftovers for days. This amount (1.5 lb.) of shoulder easily made 8-10 breakfast tacos, which was perfect for 2 nights of dinner for 2 people. Continue Reading

Bean and Quinoa Chili (Chili Sin Carne)

I don’t know what it is with my desire to cook chili 11ty different ways this month, but this was another one of those “clean out the pantry” adventures that turned out much better than I expected it would. I’ve been on a quinoa kick again lately, so this was a very flavourful way to utilize it. I wrote the recipe with a bit of heat, so if you’re not a huge fan of spice, I would tone down the use of chilies and jalepenos. Continue Reading

Mexican Pork Carnitas Lasagna

If you're like me, you plan to cook for only 2 people, maybe 3 or 4, but end up with enough leftovers to feed an army. I'm constantly tossing out expired food, and when I have an opportunity to reuse leftovers without getting bored of eating the same thing for 3 consecutive nights, I grab it. This casserole was a great way to use up my leftover taco fixings from my Pork Carnitas Tacos, and the cheese from my Queso Fundido. Also, I clearly underestimated my posting power in yesterday's queso post, so since this is absolutely my very last post until sometime next week, I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! <3 Continue Reading

Queso Fundido

Living in Texas has it's perks and it's pitfalls. Mexican food eateries abound, and queso in local restaurants is about the best I've ever had. That's also a pitfall. Delicious, gooey, cheesy, spicy dip? Sign. Me. Up. So, for a recent gathering with my family, I made some Queso to go along with the Pork Carnitas Tacos I made this past weekend. This will most likely be my last post before the Holidays, so I wanted to wish all of my family and friends a happy and joyful Christmas, and a prosperous New Year. Lots of love from Texas! Continue Reading

Pork Carnitas Tacos

I love tacos. Especially slow-cooked pork shoulder braised in a delicious beer and loads of garlic. Today was the weekly Sunday dinner with my sister, her husband, and my neice. I wanted to make something that had a bit of preparation at the outset, but not a terrible amount to do once my guests were here. This is a great entertaining dish - just throw it in the oven, and forget it for about 3 hours. Served with Weston's Guacamole and some caramalized onions, cilantro, and some queso fresco, this is a delicious meal, and you should have plenty of leftovers! Continue Reading