Sunday, January 15, 2012

Taco Bar Carne Asada and Chipotle Turkey

 We had a double birthday gathering today and did a pot luck taco bar. I made two kinds of meat that turned out perfect. Here are the recipes:

Authentic Crock Pot Carne Asada
thanks to Cheeky Kitchen

1 (3-5 pound) cut of cheap beef
flap, london broil, flank or roast all work beautifully
1/2 cup limeade
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup oil
1 onion
4-5 garlic cloves
1 jalapeno
2 tablespoons Knorr Mexican beef boullion (granulated)
1 (7 ounce) can Embasa Salsa Verde Green
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder


Early in the morning, place your meat in a large crockpot. In a blender, combine limeade, vinegar, oil, onion, clovers, jalapeno, boullion, salsa, cumin, and chili powder. Blend until well pureed. Pour the sauce over your meat, making sure it's well coated (the meat doesn't have to be entirely submerged, just nicely coated with the sauce). Cover crockpot with a lid, and cook all day on low heat. After allowing the meat to cook 8-10 hours, shred the meat, then return it to the crockpot. Stir it in the pan juices and allow it to continue cooking until it's ready to be served. Spoon over corn tortillas, top with grated cheese, homemade salsa or pico de gallo, and sour cream. Es Muy Bien!

Chipotle Turkey Taco Filling 
thanks to Rachel Ray


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
  • 1 1/3 pounds ground turkey breast, the average weight of 1 package
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 chipotles in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 rounded tablespoons chili powder, a rounded palmful
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup water


In a small skillet preheated over medium high heat, add oil and turkey breast meat. Brown meat 2 or 3 minutes, then add onions and garlic. Cook onions and meat together for another 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in chipotles, chili powder and tomato sauce. Season your filling with salt to your taste. Stir 1/2 cup water into your filling. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until ready to serve.

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