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crock pot mexican short rib tacos

slow cooker mexian short rib tacos

I can’t even bang on enough about how much I love my Breville slow cooker or crock pot as the ‘mericans like to call it. It is the most wonderful appliance to have in your kitchen, especially in winter. It delivers amazing flavour and texture to your food with minimal effort. You just need to plan a head and allow the time for slow cooking.

For this recipe I wanted to braise short ribs with Mexican flavours. I decided on a 4.5 hour braise on high – but it would work well on a 6 -7  hour braise on low. I am unsure which is the better route to go. With my hoisin and ginger beer pulled pork I cooked a shoulder for 8 hours on slow, but these short ribs where a little thinner and I browned them before. They cook until they are pull-apart delicious and work perfectly when the juicy shredded meat is added to a taco. You could also serve the short ribs with steaming jasmine or Basmati rice, mashed potatoes or creamy polenta.

Slow cooker braised short ribs with Mexican flavours

I have kept this recipe quite mild but you can always add additional pickled jalapeno chillies when you make them up. There are no rules when it comes to taco accompaniments. I love a good dollop of creme fraiche with these short ribs. Fresh coriander (cilantro) and sliced avocado or guacamole are delicious. You could add a tomato and red onion salsa or chopped up lettuce to give additional crunch. A spritz of fresh lime gives the taco a zesty wake up call, and a few chopped up red spring onoins a little bite. Continue Reading →


lettuce ‘tacos’ with chipotle chicken

lettuce 'tacos' with chipotle chicken

lettuce 'tacos' with chipotle chicken

lettuce 'tacos' with chipotle chicken

Lettuce tacos with chipotle chicken

The world seems to have gone mad for carb-free food, so this recipe is inspired by you lot out there who like your tacos but don’t like your tortilla.

I constantly crave the flavours of Mexican cuisine, and this recipe ticks this box in a big way for me. Packed with flavour, it leaves you feeling rather angelic as it’s virtually devoid of any fat or carbohydrates.

Oh and lets not forget about the crunch factor. When you shroud your spicy chicken strips and salsa in a crispy lettuce leaf the whole thing becomes a texture adventure with a mingling of hot and cold, raw and cooked and is pretty much a perfect meal for me. Continue Reading →


el burro: its my favourite mexican in cape town

el burro is fresh mex and authentic

I have eaten at El Burro about 4 times since they opened last year and I can honestly say its my favourite Mexican restaurant in Cape Town.  Its more fresh mex than tex mex which I love, and for anyone who has ever tried to make authentic Mexican cuisine in South Africa, you will know how challenging it is.  We simply do not have the specialised ingredients readily available here, which is why the owners of El Burro have to travel to Mexico to buy some their stuff.

the entrance, the wide balcony with comfy seats and the ceviche starter

Mexican food is simply not Mexican food without chipotle chillies, as one example, and they use this extensively at El Burro.

Its beautifully decorated, both funky and homely with the added benefit of being situated in a stunning old building with a large balcony right on the very central Greenpoint strip, directly opposite the stadium.

The service is warm and friendly and the waitresses are all kitted out in traditional Mexican outfits. I like this a lot.

I have sampled quite a number of the menu items, with some that I have loved more than others. I am now totally addicted to the pork enchiladas and I am hoping this addiction will not prevent me from ordering a few more dishes I have not yet tried.

My second favourite item on the menu is the fish taco.  Lightly battered fresh fish goujons served with all the traditional side accompaniments and I must say that I way prefer the flour tortillas to the corn tortillas. The fish ceviche is fresh and zesty and is an excellent starter along with the smoked jalapenos (but be warned these are very smokey and quite rich). All the mains come with freshly pickled red onions and fresh greens.

the side accompaniments, the legendary baked pork enchilada and the beef taco

My best way to eat Mexican food is to sample a variety of flavours and textures, so sharing is a really good option. El Burro recently hosted a Tweetup party to celebrate Donkey’s return, and we were served tasting portions of parts of the menu which was great.  Some of us are secretly hoping they may introduce a permanent tasting menu.

All the fun things about that evening can be read on Matts blog, and Ishay’s blog.

The other very cool part about El Burro is their vast selection of tequilas and amazing tequila cocktails which can only lead to happy times.

matt allison & neill anthony , matt kent (in the taco suit) and ishay and nic (one of the owners) with donkey

the quesadilla eaten by a friend and thoroughly enjoyed, the pork enchilada again and my favourite corner table on the balcony

El Burro, 81 Main Road, Greenpoint. (021) 433-2364.


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