Homemade tacos from scratch are so much more satisfying than the store bought variety. If you try to make the tortillas yourself you'll never buy premade again...believe me. I just follow the directions on the back of the masa harina package. It's not difficult at all. I made my beef filling in the Crockpot and topped the tacos with salsa, sliced avocado and grated sharp cheddar cheese. This taco is light and fresh, perfect for spring.
Soft corn tortillas (follow direction on masa harina package)
1.25lbs. beef chuck cubed
Ground black pepper
2 ancho chilies soaked, stems and seeds removed and pureed into a paste with 1/4 cup of the soaking liquid
1 onion diced
2 garlic cloves diced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 tsp tomato paste
1 tsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp instant coffee powder
1/4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced small
1 onion diced fine
1 small bunch cilantro diced fine
1 large tomato, seeds removed and diced fine
Juice of 1 1/2 lime
Shredded sharp cheddar cheese or any cheese you like
Sliced ripe avocado
Season the beef cubes with salt, pepper and thyme. Heat just enough oil to coat the bottom of a frying pan and sear the beef cubes until browned. Remove the beef pieces and transfer to the Crockpot. Using the same frying pan add a bit more oil (enough to coat the bottom of the pan) and sauté one diced onion and garlic until translucent. Add ancho chili puree and tomato paste and cook until the oil separates. Add cumin, paprika, brown sugar, cayenne, instant coffee powder, cocoa powder and salt. Cook this together for another minute. Pour this sauce over the beef which you placed in the Crockpot earlier. Stir it all together set your Crockpot on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours. When the beef is fork tender just shred the beef pieces with the back of a fork and stir together with the sauce in the Crockpot.
Mix onion, jalapeno, cilantro, tomato, lime juice and salt. Keep chilled until ready to use.
Fill soft corn tortillas with beef, salsa, sliced avocado, and shredded cheese.