Monday, January 30, 2012

Tacos - Eater's Choice of Meat or Vegetables


A request for tacos was made.  This was going to be an opportunity to use up some small portions of meat I had in the refrigerator and freezer.  When I got to thinking about it, the marinade I was making could really be used on any meat, fish, shrimp or vegetable like mushrooms or eggplant should you want to grill something meatless. 

I had some lamb chops which seemed like a waste to cut up and use for tacos, but better than having to go and buy more meat I guess.  For the girls, I defrosted a couple of boneless chicken thighs.  I cut everything into small bite-sized pieces, skewered them, and put the skewers into the below marinade.

Handful of cilantro

2 Garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/2 Cup chopped red onion
1/3 Cup mango orange juice (or just orange juice)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
freshly ground pepper

Place everything into a blender and liquify.  Marinate the meat for 1-6 hours.  Grill over medium high heat, a few minutes per side.

It was a make your own taco affair.  Eater's choice of accompaniments:  sautéed bell peppers and onion, fresh guacamole, lettuce, tomato, cilantro, sour cream, cotija cheese, fresh lime and Tapatio hot sauce.
Truth be told, I skipped the tortilla and just went with a big salad.  Super tasty!




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