Barbacoa De Cachete ~ Beef Cheek Tacos
I really cannot say enough about the quality food product that Rumba Meats produces. (www.rumbameats.com) This has been such a wonderful, yet bittersweet food blogging experience working with Rumba Meats. Many, many special family food memories, one more special than the next. The beef cheek comes is these vacuum sealed packages with about 2 1/2 pounds of beef cheek. It’s perfect for smaller families and the pricing is very affordable!
1. Trim away some of the excess fat from the beef cheek. Slice into 2 equal portions. Season to taste with salt. Wrap each portion tightly in a double layer of foil paper. The beef cheek will reduce quite a bit, so if you you need more than 4 servings, it’s best to add another 2 pounds.
2. Fill the bottom of the medium steamer pot with water and heat to high. Place beef cheek packets into steamer pot and cover. When it comes to a rapid steam/boil, reduce to medium heat. Continue cooking for 3 hours, adding 1 1/2 cups of hot water every hour. I keep a pot of water on low heat while I cook so it’s very hot.
3. Remove beef cheek packets from steamer , place in bowl and let cool slightly. Carefully open the packets and drain the liquid/fat rendered during cooking into a bowl. Reserve this liquid if you are preparing the Taqueria-Style Chile de Arbol Salsa . Find link at the end of this post for recipe. Transfer barbacoa to serving dish with lid. Serve with warn tortillas(I prefer corn), pico de gallo salsa, chile de arbol salsa and salsa verde. Warm barbacoa slightly before serving. Yields 4-6 servings.
Don’t forget to save all the broth and fat rendered from the barbacoa, beef cheek, for the taqueria-style salsa de chile de arbol. tasty!
Aaaaaaahhhhh…..The “tester taco”!! Absolutely delicious with that fresh pico de gallo. Even the store bought tortilla passed the test, lol!!
Salsa Verde with Chile de Arbol. This was and still is a family favorite salsa recipe. For every occasion, my Mom would prepare a variation of this Salsa Verde with Chile de Arbol. And with no garlic! Just the way she preferred, but I do add it now and then.