Homemade Taco Night

Ever since moving into my new home, my friends have gladly come over each weekend to cook an awesome meal together. I love cooking with friends. My friend is doing a pretty paleo diet along with cross fit. He mentioned plantain tortillas so we tried that, as well as a lot more home made Mexican style meats, dips and sauces.This was a fun and messy meal, but the best tasting so far. I prepped throughout the day, but had lots of food.

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Paleo Friendly version – Guac, Lettuce, Pork, Steak, Pico de Gallo on Plantain Tortilla

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Cheat Paleo version – Guac, Lettuce, Pork, Steak, Pico de Gallo, Monterey Jack Cheese, Cilantro Lime Cream

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My last taco that put me over the edge because my friends told me to use both meats. Up until that point I was only putting one type of meat per taco.

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Meats

Pork Carnitas from Food Network

This was so simple and easy. And cheap! The 2 pounds of bone in pork was only $5. Some spices, oranges, garlic, chiles, and slow cook for 6 hours.

See the link above for the details, but it was really easy and the pork shredded easily and was juicy and tender. I wish there was a bit more sauce left over though.

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Tacos Carne Asada by Tyler Florence

The skirt steak was a bit more expensive and I could only find it frozen for about $20 for 2 pounds. It was still awesome though and my friends loved it. I marinated it for about 6 hours in his Mojo sauce and then grilled it on the BBQ for about 7-8 minutes per side. Save some of the Mojo sauce for later and you can use it to top the steak for more fresh flavour, or use it for chicken too.

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Dips & Sauces

Pico de Gallo

Was also from Tyler Florence, and was simple, and the red and green onions added a nice strong flavour. It was simple, but my tomatoes were kind of flavourless.

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Cilantro Lime Cream by Robert Irvine

I was also going to make braised chicken ones, but with just 4 people, I think 4 pounds of meat was enough. I’ll save it for another time. But, I wanted to make the cilantro lime cream too. It’s not as good on its own, but on the tacos it was really good. The cumin had quite a strong flavour.

Guacamole

Also from Robert Irvine’s braised chicken taco, and it’s a simple guacamole. We have been making guacamole for the past 3 weekends, and it’s so good, and good for you.

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Tortillas

Plantain Tortilla

We used the PaleoSecret for a base, but we didn’t use as much many eggs because I thought 4 eggs would be too much for the two plantains we used. Ours wasn’t nearly as playable, but it was more like a tostada. Really good texture and I liked this better than the other version we made. I liked how it was seasoned with a bit of garlic powder, and the baking was nice.

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Plantain Tostones

We also tried making it another way by Everyday Paleo which is a bit simpler, but they mentioned two inch long  pieces to fry. Their pics showed about 1 inch, unless my measurements are way off. Make sure it’s just about an inch high, and it will fry faster. It’s pretty simple too, just slice it to 1-inch. Fry it. Smush it. And refry it. We used the flat side of my meat tenderizer to get a nice flat tostones. We used a fork and a potato masher at first, and that was a bad idea. I liked the baked tortilla from PaleoSecret better, as when we made these ones they didn’t really form well. Maybe if we cut them into 1 inch piece it would be better. We should have used more coconut oil.

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  • Alberto Lopez

    Wow, I’ve never seen plantain tortillas before. That looks delicious.

    I work for a taco man catering company and we’ve never had anyone request these. I can see them catching on.

    Great job with meal and the pictures! Thanks for sharing!