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Barbacoa: For my barbacoa I keep it traditional with beef cheek meat. Sometimes it can be hard to find. Oftentimes its kept with with the miscellaneous cuts like marrow bones, hearts, tripe. It’s often labeled as “cheek meat” instead of barbacoa. If you can’t find barbacoa any hunk of meat will do just season accordingly and adjust the cooking time.
Oaxaca cheese: Oaxaca is a nice and creamy stringy cheese it melts nicely and is super cheesy. If you don’t have Oaxaca on hand substitute for Chihuahua or Monterrey jack.
Air Fried Potatoes: Crispy potatoes are a great contrast for the silky beef. How you fry your potatoes is up to you. You can bake them in the oven, fry them in a deep fryer or simply pop them in the air fryer. Either way add the potatoes toward the end with the cheese to get the maximum crisp.
Grilled Peppers & Onions: Grilled onions and pepper are great additions to the taco the onions and peppers add some char sweet heat to the dish. When i’m dealing with onions i tend to start them towards the beginning so they have enough time to cook and carmelize to my liking. Keep the peppers towards the end so they keep some crisp to them,
cheek meat: cheek meat can be hard to find for some. or you may be looking in the wrong place. sometimes you don’t want to go to a specialty store for ingredients. often times i find barbacoa meat in big box retails closer to the stew meat, scraps, and smoked meat section. generally next to the beef tongue, tripe, and marrow bones. try looking for it next time you’re at the store it should be labeled “cheek meat”.
oaxaca cheese: oaxaca is a nice and creamy stringy cheese it melts nicely and is super cheesy. If you don’t have oaxaca on hand substitute for chihuahua cheese or monterrey jack. add the oaxaca towards the end to keep it super melty.
the barbacoa broth: reserve some of the liquid left from the barbacoa to add to the griddle when its time to melt the cheese. the broth is full of peppers and spices so its add back a ton of flavor to the dish. dont add too much or it may make the barbacoa and potato mixture really wet.
grilling the vegetables: grill the onions at the same time as the meat. onions need a significant amount of cook time to break down and develop flavor. avoid adding salt till the onions are cooked to your desired doneness. once salt is added the onions will start to release their moisture.