Thursday, July 28, 2016

Cooking with Beer - Beerific Tequila Tacos

What's better than taco night? Tacos and beer!

Scratch that.  Tacos made with beer! And tequila.


This from-scratch recipe is oh-so-much better than the packaged taco seasoning mix; mouthwatering and savory. Fresh veggies and the combination of spices is wonderful. The jalapenos and spicy pepper beer give the mixture a kick. The tequila sends it into a whole other realm of awesomeness.

Totally drool-worthy.

Beerific Tequila Tacos

Taco Meat

1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Red Onion, Chopped
3 Large Garlic Cloves, Finely Chopped
1 Large Tomato, Chopped
1/4 Cup (or more) Pickled Jalapenos
1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro
1 Teaspoon Sazon Adobo Seasoning
1 Teaspoon Tony Chachere's Seasoning
2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
3/4 Pound Ground Beef
3/4 Pound Ground Pork
12-Ounce Can Twisted X Fuego Pepper Beer
     (or other spicy pepper beer)
3 Ounces Tequila

Toppings and stuff

Taco Shells
Pickled Jalapenos
Shredded Lettuce
Avocado/Tomato Salad (recipe below)
Shredded Mexican Cheese Mix
Sour Cream
Hot Sauce

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, saute the onions, cilantro,
and garlic until soft and translucent, 6 to 8 minutes. Pour a shot of tequila into the pan and mix with the sauteed garlic and onions. Add the tomatoes and jalapenos to mixture. Stir in the spices, seasonings, and 3 ounces of the beer. Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for about 5 minutes.

Add the ground beef and pork to the pan. Break up into bits with the back of a wooden spoon. Allow to brown a bit then add the 3 more ounces of beer and another shot of tequila.  Bring to a boil then turn heat down to medium low. Cook the meat, stirring occasionally until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 20 minutes.

Pour another shot of tequila and pour the remaining beer into a glass. Set aside.

Avocado Tomato Salad: Chop a small tomato. Slice a medium avocado. Add both to a small bowl. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Squeeze a half a lime over top and gently mix. Refrigerate until ready to put the tacos together.

When the meat is cooked, remove it from the  from heat and make yourself a pile of wicked good tacos. Enjoy the shot of tequila and glass of pepper beer with your tacos.

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