Chicken Tinga

Chicken Tinga

My family and I are taco and burrito fanatics; having some version nearly weekly.  Sometimes it simply ground beef with some spices while other times it may be slowly braised beef or carnitas.  This time it was shredded chicken for burritos. Tinga refers to any kind of shredded meat simmered in a spicy, smoky tomato sauce.  It’s extremely easy to make and the heat level can be adjusted for whatever your tolerance.  The recipe below is middle of the road with enough kick to satisfy the heat seeker in your family while not blowing the roof off the wimp (sorry … Continue reading

Simple Carnitas

Simple Carnitas

This is an old recipe of mine that’s been pretty popular on Allrecipes.com the last few years and I decided it was time to share it here.  It’s the easiest method I know for tasty carnitas and by cooking it in water rather than lard, the fat is knocked down to just 10 grams per serving.  Salt is the main seasoning and this recipe also has a subtle orange flavor in the background and because the meat is mild, it makes wonderful barbecue pulled pork sandwiches as well.  While you might be inclined to omit the orange, I assure you it’s very mild and adds … Continue reading

Red Chile Braised Pork with pineapple salsa

Red Chile Braised Pork with pineapple salsa

Succulent pork and the flavor and heat from chiles is a combination made in heaven.  While that may be overstating it a bit, the two together are used in so many dishes in Latin American, Asian and Italian cooking that I could probably do a blog about nothing but those two ingredients and have enough material for years.  Of course if I did I’d have to put up with “What?  Pork and chiles again?  Come on dad, can’t we have something different?”  So even though I thoroughly enjoy the two, I try to keep our dinners varied for the sake of our … Continue reading

Mexican Shredded Beef

Mexican Shredded Beef

Taco night at our house always includes the usual condiments; queso fresco, avocado, onions, cilantro and the like.  The way it’s changed up is with the filling.  It might be chicken, ground beef, steak, carnitas or in this case shredded beef, which is basically a pot roast with herbs and spices to add some zing.  Even though it’s fairly simple to make, many people mess it up by making it too bland.  I’m all for making it palatable enough for the kids, but as I’ve said before-boring is boring. So this is for everyone who enjoys tacos as much as I … Continue reading