Tacos de discada is a beloved family meal that originates from Northern Mexico and makes for a fantastic summer recipe. This dish is ideal for entertaining and spending time with a large group of friends, as it can be easily multiplied to accommodate more people.
If you are unfamiliar with discada tacos, it is a dish that is typically prepared using a large, cast-iron pan that is shaped like a “disc,” hence the name. The disc is typically heated over an open flame, but you can also prepare a quick discada tacos in the convenience of your own kitchen.
Ingredients may vary between recipes, but these are the classic discada tacos ingredients:
- Steak: Use rump, sirloin or rib eye steak, or a mix of the three.
- Onions and peppers: The typical mix of vegetables used for discada, in some places they use poblano peppers too.
- Chorizo: A spanish style of chorizo is mostly used, one that keeps its shape while cooking.
- Bacon: Streaky bacon is recommended as it has a good amount of fat that helps to give more flavor.
- Seasoning: Use Gran Luchito Chipotle Paste or Chipotle Fajita and Taco Mix, for the perfect amount of heat and adding depth of flavor.
- Beer: Lager, IPA or Ale, just a splash does the trick.
To make discada tacos, the ingredients are cooked in stages to ensure that everything is evenly browned. Traditionally, the ingredients are first fried in the center of the disc, where the heat is highest. Once they have browned, they are moved to the outer edge of the disc, where the heat is less intense, and the remaining ingredients are cooked in the center. Once all the ingredients are fried, they are mixed together and seasoned with spices and beer.
We added our signature Chipotle Paste, beer, and lime juice to the discada tacos to give it a unique flavor. The result is a mouth-watering, meaty filling that is perfect for serving in tacos.
How to make it
- Heat up a large cast iron skillet or non-stick frying pan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp of the olive oil. Once hot enough add the onion and bacon, stir and let the onion get translucent and the bacon to get a bit of color, once is done remove the mixture from the hot skillet and place it in a bowl on the side.
- Add another tablespoon of olive oil into the pan and now add the chorizo with the peppers. Let the chorizo get lightly crispy and the peppers to turn a bit softer, once ready remove them from the pan and place them alongside the other cooked ingredients.
- Add the remaining olive oil and the steak pieces, stir and fry the meat for a couple of minutes until they get nicely browned all over. Finally add in the cherry tomatoes and the chipotle paste, stir in the paste and combine it with the steak and tomatoes. Once the tomatoes get slightly softer, place all the cooked ingredients back into the pan, mixing all the delicious pieces of meat and veg.
- Pour in the beer and the lime juice, season with salt and pepper, and let it simmer for 5 to 6 minutes all together, allowing the alcohol to evaporate and the pan juices to reduce slightly.
- When ready, remove the discada from the heat. We recommend serving this dish in the middle of the table, then bring the warm soft tacos on the side ready for everyone to enjoy and make their own tacos, the most fun way to share this dish with friends.
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What are tacos de discadas?
Tacos de discadas are a type of taco that originates from the northern region of Mexico. They are typically made with diced pork or beef, sautéed with onions, peppers, and other seasonings on a large, disc-shaped metal skillet called a discada. The meat and vegetables are then served on a warm tortilla with toppings such as salsa, guacamole, and cilantro.
What kind of meat is typically used in tacos de discadas?
Pork and beef are the most common meats used in tacos de discadas, although other meats such as chicken or chorizo may also be used. The meat is typically diced into small pieces and then cooked on the discada with onions, peppers, and other seasonings.
What toppings are typically used on tacos de discadas?
Tacos de discadas are typically served with a variety of toppings, including salsa, guacamole, diced onions, cilantro, and lime wedges. Other toppings may include cheese, sour cream, and diced tomatoes.
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