You will be blown away by the sauce used on the beef short ribs. You will also be surprised by the hint of chocolate that is used to tame the heat from the chiles. The Texas Chile Short Rib Tacos are known to be mellow but sweet.
First you will need to season the ribs with 2 teaspoons of salt, then cover them and let sit in the refrigerator for at minimum 1 hour. You can also let sit for a day if desired. Preheat the over temperature to 325°. Position the racks 4 to 6 inches for best results. On a backing sheet, toss the onions and garlic with 1 teaspoon of the oil and season with salt and pepper. Broil for 10 to 12 minutes, until the onions and garlic are charred in spots. Let cool, then discard the garlic skins. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°.
In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil until shimmering. Add the ancho and pasilla chiles and toast over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until they are fragrant and pliable, about 2 minutes. Add the beef stock, remove from the heat, cover and let stand until the chiles are softened, about 5 minutes. In a blender, working in 2 batches, puree the chopped tomatoes with the chocolate chips, onions, garlic and the chiles and their soaking liquid until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Wipe out the casserole.
Pat the short ribs dry with paper towels. In the casserole, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil until shimmering. Add half of the ribs and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining short ribs. Add the sauce and return the first batch of short ribs and their juices to the casserole. Bring to a simmer, cover and braise in the oven for about 2 hours, until the short ribs are very tender.
Transfer the ribs to a plate and let cool slightly, then skim the fat from the surface of the sauce. Shred the meat into bite-size pieces and discard the bones. Return the meat to the sauce and cook over moderately low heat until heated through. Serve the short ribs in warm corn tortillas and garnish with sliced avocado, radishes, pickled jalapeños, crumbled cheese, cilantro leaves and lime wedges. This recipe originally appeared in Food and Wine.
The Texas Taco Music Fest is quickly becoming one of Houston’s most anticipated “foodie” festivals. This fun filled event brings together food, music, and fun activities in a way that is full of incredible entertainment and unforgettable moments. This year the festival will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Discovery Green which boasts stunning views of downtown Houston from noon – 9 PM.
Renowned restaurants are scheduled to participate in this all day event. They will offer attendees a wide range of savory, mouth watering, and unique taco creations that will surprise your taste buds and delight your stomach. There will also be a taco competition where restaurants will be judged by a celebrity panel who will determine who serves up the “Best Taco in Texas”.
The day will also be packed with live musical performances by Mind Shrine, El 43, Passion de Luna, and Jimencio. You won’t want to miss these exceptionally talented local artists. In between musical performances you can enjoy the mechanical bull, craft booths and other vendors. Your children will especially enjoy the special Kids Area that will be full of fun activities designed just for them.
For the first time in Houston Texas there will be a special performance of a centuries old ritual from the Danzantes de Voladeros de Papantla, Mexico, who will be performing on one of their unique machines that will soon be added to the Cirque de Soleil dramatic shows.
There is something for everyone at the Texas Taco Music Fest and we hope to see you there! A portion of the money from ticket sales will be go towards cultural arts programs and scholarships. So mark your calendars now to attend this spectacular event.
Texas Taco Music Fest – Saturday, September 16th at Discovery Green
The ceremony of the Voladores de Papantla is a cultural tradition of the Totonac people of Veracruz. The tradition dates back to ancient times and has been passed down through the generations. The voladores, "fliers," sometimes called hombres pajaro, "bird men," launch themselves from the top of a pole of up to 150 feet in height, and slowly descend circling the pole.
The ritual begins with five men circling a tall pole. One of the men plays music with a flute and a small drum. They then climb the pole, and position themselves on a small wooden rotating platform at the top. The man playing the music is called the caporal. He stands in the center, playing his flute and drum, and does a dance, facing each of the four cardinal directions in turn. “This is one of the tensest moments for the audience as he performs his dance standing at the top of a pole without a harness or any protection” (Ruiz-translated).
The platform begins to spin and the four voladores launch themselves off, and begin rotating the pole upside down. They are attached by a rope around the waist, but they twist a leg in the rope to maintain an upside down position. The caporal remains at the top of the pole as the others descend. “In their descent, each volador circles the pole 13 times. Thirteen times for each of the four voladores, for a total of 52 rotations, representing the number of years in the Mesoamerican calendar cycle” (Ruiz-translated).
Firecracker Shrimp Tacos
Summer is almost here. Are you ready for a spectacular taco recipe? These firecracker shrimp tacos are perfect for your summertime get together with friends and family.
Special note: You can always use chicken or pork if you aren’t a fan of shrimp. You can also use soft flour tortillas if you prefer them over corn. If you stick with shrimp, then make sure your pan is hot, this will prevent the shrimp from sticking.
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Serving size: 6
1 cup jicama, shredded
1 cup red cabbage, shredded
1/3 cup red onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon honey
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 chipotle peppers in adobo
36 medium shrimp
1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
36 marinated shrimp (recipe given)
6 corn tortilla shells, warmed
3 cups jicama slaw (recipe given)
2 cups diced pineapple
3 scallions, chopped
½ cup white onion, diced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
For the jicama slaw:
Combine all of the listed ingredients and mix them thoroughly in a medium sized bowl. Once mixing is complete cover the bowl and refrigerate it for 1-2 hours.
For the marinated shrimp:
You will need to mince the chipotle peppers into a thick paste like consistency. Next you will add the pepper paste into a mixing bowl along with the shrimp, chili powder, salt and pepper. Toss the bowl in order to coat the shrimp. Once you see that the shrimp is properly coated cover and refrigerate for an hour.
For the tacos:
Heat vegetable oil in a large pan, over medium-high heat. We recommend sautéing the shrimp in small batches to prevent the pan from being crowded. Remember to sear evenly on both sides. When fully cooked remove from heat, about 2 minutes per side. Place 6 shrimp into the bottom of each warmed tortilla shell. Top evenly with the jicama slaw, diced pineapple, chopped scallion, diced onion and chopped cilantro. Serve immediately. Picture credit: Gil Reisfield / TODAY
If you are a shrimp taco lover or love all different kinds of tacos then you won't want to miss Texas Taco Music Fest 2017! At the festival there will be restaurants and vendors serving a wide variety of tacos. We hope to see you there on September 16, 207. Click here for ticket information.
The world’s most expensive taco was sold earlier this month at the Grand Velas Los Cabos resort. This pricey taco was being offered at the resorts fine-dining restaurant, Frida. What was the price tag for this unique taco? It was originally being sold for $25,000. This ultimate taco was eventually donated as a raffle item for a charity event since it never sold off the menu. In order to incentive generous attendees the resort stated that the winner of the exclusive taco would also receive their signature tacos along with a shot of Tequila Ley .925 tequila poured from Ley’s $3.5 million Ley Diamante bottle.
At the end of the evening, the world’s most expensive taco along with the shot of Tequila Ley was able to generate $27,960 for the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation. The charity centers around oncology, cardiology and pediatric intensive care for children. Two security guards along with the restaurants chef Juan Licerio had to escort the tequila and the expensive taco to the hands of the winner. The lucky winner ultimately gave the taco to two guests that were present at the charity event. When one of the guests was asked how it tasted she said that it was “totally delicious.”
You may not eat a $25,000 taco at this years Texas Taco Music Fest, but you will have the opportunity to try a variety of different tacos! You will also have the opportunity to participate in fun activities while listening to live music. Don't miss Texas Taco Music Fest 2017 taking place at Discovery Green on September 16th. Click here for ticket information.
Picture Courtesy of Grand Velas Los Cabos
Are you a taco fanatic? Then you should definitely check out this massive taco native to Corpus Christi. Those who see it in person have been taken aback by its unbelievable size.
This enormous taco was created by the owner of Recio’s Smokehouse Restaurant and Catering located in Corpus Christi, Texas. This baby-sized taco contains many ingredients common in breakfast tacos across the great state of Texas such as refried beans, chorizo, cheese, egg, potatoes, brisket, and breakfast sausage wrapped in a 24-inch tortilla. The difference from other breakfast tacos is, of course, the size of the tortilla and the fact that this colossal taco weighs 4.5-pounds!
The owner of the restaurant Minnie Recio stated that the idea to create this unique taco came from her sons that thought she should sell the biggest taco in the state of Texas. When she first started offering the taco it was priced at $3.50. Now Recio customers can purchase it for $12.99.
Last week a customer posted a picture of himself cradling the taco as if it was a baby on his Facebook timeline. His post went viral and was shared over 20,000 times, making Recio’s taco internet famous.
Similar to other restaurants in Texas and around the country Recio’s has a free-if-you-can-finish-it challenge. If any customer is able to completely consume the ginormous taco in less than 13 minutes they won’t have to pay for the taco. As you can imagine only a few people have managed to complete this challenge.
If you like tacos of all different sizes filled with all different kinds of ingredients than you will definitely want to come to the Texas Taco Music Fest! At this special event taco enthusiasts and music lovers will enjoy activities, shows, and of course tacos at Houston’s Discovery Green on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Click here for ticket information.
Photo: Courtesy, Recio's Smokehouse & Catering