Lamb is a wonderful summertime dish, but sometimes you just need a change of pace with it. So instead of going with a simple chop or shank, try this taco recipe for a fresh take. Hope you enjoy it.
Beer-Braised Lamb Tacos
Created by: Maryse Chevriere
Yields: 4 Servings
- 6 tablespoons chile powder
- 4 tablespoons ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons ground coriander
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 bone-in lamb shanks (about 2 ½ pounds total)
- Vegetable oil
- Two-three 12-ounces bottles dark beer, preferably Negra Modelo
- 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2-3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 package corn tortillas
- 1 ripe avocado, cut into slices
- ½ red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 lime, cut into wedges, for garnish
Combine the rub ingredients (salt, pepper, chile powder, cumin, coriander, cinnamon) together in a bowl and mix well. Rub all over the lamb shanks so that they are completely covered with the spice mixture.
Place a large pot over high heat, drizzle with a little vegetable oil, and add in the lamb shanks. Sear the shanks for about 2-3 minutes on each side. Reduce heat to low and once the pot is no longer scorching pour in the beer, apple cider vinegar, and tomato paste (if you add in the liquid when the pot is too hot it will result in a very smoky apartment). Make sure that the liquid covers the shanks almost entirely then cover the pot and let it simmer for 3-4 hours. (If you want, you can refrigerate the meat in the braising liquid overnight.)
Remove from heat and once the meat has cooled slightly, enough for you to handle it, use a fork to pull the meat from the bone. To serve, add some of the shredded lamb to a corn tortilla, top with a few slices of avocado, a couple pieces of sliced red onion, and a squeeze of lime juice.
Recipe courtesy of TheDailyMeal.com