I hope you took those plantain tortillas I posted last week as a hint! If you crave tacos packed with flavor, barbacoa brisket tacos are a great place to turn.
The shredded barbacoa brisket is packed with smokey flavor and a low heat. Easy toppings—thinly sliced red cabbage and pickled onions and radishes—add pops of color and crunch.
I chose brisket because I had it in my freezer. Typically, I buy my beef from a local ranch in bulk (1/4 cow at a time). That means I end up with high quality cuts normally out of my price range, like brisket and prime rib. Anyway, this brisket had to get used. What better way to use it than braising it low and slow in a spicy sauce? No. Regrets. Here.
You could use beef chuck if you truly don’t want to go with brisket. Follow the same method, but also note that the cooking time might change. I’d start checking it at 2.5 hours and every half hour after that.
What makes this barbacoa brisket different? Well, I use dried chilies instead of chili powder. It makes a huge difference for flavor. I first read about using dried chilies from Serious Eats, and decided to give it a try in this recipe.
If you see the dried chilies and think “whelp, that’s too much for me”, please reconsider! Yeah, I’m asking you to head to the store and buy something you might normally skip. But, the dried chipotle and ancho chilies cost me maybe $5 together (and I have plenty of chipotle chilies leftover). And if you’re a fan of big flavor, you’ll be so happy you used them.
To bring these barbacoa brisket tacos together, you need good tortillas. My top pick are plantain tortillas. In the event I can’t get my hands on plantains, I always have the ingredients for Stupid Easy Paleo’s Tortillas. Truthfully, though, sometimes I don’t feel like making tortillas at all, so I just top a roasted sweet potato or sweet potato fries with my fillings. (Gotta keep life simple!)
I love toppings that add crunch. For these tacos I sliced some red cabbage real thin and fished out a jar of pickled radishes and pickled red onions (sometimes I quick-pickle different veggies in the same jar). Add a squeeze of lime juice, and voila. Irresistible barbacoa brisket tacos!
Paleo Barbacoa Brisket Tacos