Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sunday Best: Mexican Easter Tacos!


it's been awhile since i cooked for sunday dinner, hasn't it? well, it being a holiday sunday, i figured we really needed to get back into the kitchen, so i made barbacoa! loverboy said it was too spicy (he's crazy), but i thought it was perfect! if you've ever had chipotle's barbacoa, that is what we were shooting for. and in fact, the recipe is supposed to be a copycat of it. seriously, go make it! i also made this corn salsa, which i quite enjoyed. eat your barbacoa on tortillas with rice, beans, guacamole, cilantro, corn salsa, shredded lettuce and cheese, or skip the tortillas and make a bowl of it, chipotle-style. corn on the cob on the side is also a good way to go. plus, strawberries, if you have a few spice-sensitive tiny mouths to feed.

i always get nervous about making people wait while i take photos, so my photos come out awful, plus i hadn't even brought all the food out yet! oops.
suspenders on babies! yes. 
our own little hobbit! haha.
he was yelling for me to put him down. ;)
so excited to have a friend to play with!
5 seconds of calm after guests left and before i tackled the messy kitchen, the baby woke up from his nap and suddenly everyone needed to be fed again. what is with that? 
at the park!
i love this photo.
probably the last photo i'll take of my baby on his hands and knees. that's what it feels like anyways.


1/3 c. apple cider vinegar
4 tsp. minced garlic cloves
4 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
3/4 c. chicken broth
3 bay leaves
3 Tbsp. lime juice
3 -4 chipotle chiles in adobo (canned)
4 -5 lbs chuck roast

To make the adobo sauce combine vinegar, lime juice, chipotles, garlic, cumin, oregano, black pepper, salt and cloves in a blender or processor on high speed until smooth.

Remove most of the fat from the roast and then cut into large chunks (approximately 6). Pour oil into a frying pan and sear all sides of roast on medium-high heat until browned.
Place meat into Crockpot and pour adobo sauce over meat. Pour in the chicken broth and add bay leaves. Cook on high heat 6 hours or on low all day.
While still in the Crockpot, shred the meat with two forks and turn the heat to warm. Serve with all the sides i mentioned. ;)

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