6 Feb



san2            texas


Okay , So here is another TEX-MEX  favorite.

I first had this when I first visited  father-in-law in San Antonio along time ago. It was so long ago that most folks up north had never even heard of soft taco shells.

Come to think of it there was just barely taco shells at all . You could buy the hard shells and a packet of TACO flavoring for you hamburger, lettuce , tomato and cheese and that was as close to Tex-mex as all us Yankees ever got.

So when we got to Texas ,   the first place we went to was alittle abode building .  Dirt parking lot with chickens running around and a bunch of beat-to-hell pickup trucks.   “Pa, I don’t think this is a good place to take your daughter ( or me either for that matter )

“Oh no ,  it’s okay  ,  you’re going to like this place a lot.  ” he says.

So inside we go and there is a big  mammasita slapping tortillas  and making tacos from scratch.

Red and white checked tablecloth , rickety old chairs candle in an old brown bottle . Are you kidding me .  Where’s John Wayne and the movie crew.

3 tacos for  $1 and all the icetea you can drink .  Man- o- man , up to that time I never had anything so good. No lettuce , tomato or cheese some slices of lime to squeeze on top and   It was pure TEX-MEX heaven .      My first lesson in real Mexican food.

They had this { GRAVEY TACO } It was  everywhere we went in town.

So as time goes by I try to find this recipe. Nobody knows what I’m talking about.  Asking my Mexican friends and partners and they never heard of it.  Crazy gringo !

So it turns out its not really Mexican but TEX-MEX , alittle specialty from the southwest. Still can’t find the recipe .  Made a visit years later and can’t find the restaurant and not this taco either.

More years go by , never saw it in a cook book.   But wait ,  I say lets ask MR GOOGLE , he’s our friend.   So after  a lot of digging ( because MR GOOGLE had not heard of it either )  I found the recipe and with a little tweaking from me you can now enjoy this delicious  dish in your own home .



2 lb. chuck roast

Do not buy stew meat ,  ever!    what you are getting most of the time is scrapes from all kind of beef cut s and a lot of fat and gristle. with a chuck or round roast you know exactly what you are getting and you can trim it as much or as little as you want

3 tbsp. lard ( get it at the Mexican store ) do not buy the processed stuff on the shelf       lard  or dice up 4 strips of bacon and fry it up

3/4 cup flour with a few grinds of pepper and a shake or 2 of salt

1 red pepper  – minced

1 onion  – minced

3 cloves garlic  – smashed and minced

10 cherry tomatoes – diced

1 chipotle in adobo sauce  – minced   chip

2 tsp adobo sauce

6 oz. can tomato paste

1 tbsp.  Mexican oregano – get it it’s gonna make a difference – grind it up by rubbing it between your palms

1 jalapeno  – minced

1 1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp coriander seed grind it in a  mortar and pestle    or   mash it with a rolling pin

1 1/2 tsp chile powder

3/4 tsp paprika

2/3 cup beef broth

1/2 bottle of dark beer like   Dos Equis XX Ambar    beer 4

1/3 cup chopped cilantro

1 bay leaf

Rinse , dry and cut the  the meat into 1 ” cubes

toss with seasoned flour shake off excess in a strainer

In a  a dutch oven or other large pot ,  melt the lard or fry the bacon and  brown meat on all sides ( do it in batches if you have to . Don’t crowd the pot)


Remove meat from pot and set aside .

Add alittle more lard or oil to the pot if necessary

Saute onion , jalapeno , bell pepper , chipotle , garlic and spices. stir constantly

When the  veggies are soft ,  add tomato paste ,  chipotle and adobo sauce. keep stirring for 2 more minutes

Add beef back into pot

Pour half the bottle of beer in ( drink the other half ) tomatoes and bay leaf and broth .

If there isn’t enough liquid to cover the meat open another bottle of beer and top off the meat ( drink rest of the bottle )

Bring to a boil ,  then lower heat and simmer uncovered for 2-4 hours until meat breaks down and starts to fall apart

Season with salt and pepper and cilantro and break out the  tortillas


Eat and Enjoy!







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