Tasty Tips: Mexican Meat

Tasty Tips: Mexican Meat

We’re getting our fiesta on here at Cheery Kitchen this week, celebrating Cinco de Mayo! Alison and I love Mexican food, preparing it often for our families as well as frequenting local Mexican hotspots. It’s easy to feel confused when it comes to Mexican Meat, so for our tasty tip this week, here are 5 of our fave, best, varieties.

Use Mexican meat to fill delicious tacos, burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas, or top tostadas or beautiful big salads. Make some salsa and guacamole for a fun filled Cinco de Mayo party. Oh and don’t forget icy Margaritas, yeah we make amazing “virgin drinks” or inspiring desserts.

Happy Cinco de Mayo all!

 

 

“Let’s celebrate Uno, Dos, Tres, and Cuatro de Mayo just like it’s Cinco de Mayo.”

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  • Carne asada: Our very favorite, grilled, marinated pieces of beef, typically sirloin or rib, served inside burritos and tacos. Try topping a big salad too!
  • Carnitas: Shoulder of pork that’s been seasoned, braised until tender with lard plus herbs like oregano, marjoram, bay leaves, garlic, pulled apart, and then oven-roasted in a large roasting pan, until slightly crisp, then eaten alone or used as a filling for tacos, tamales, tortas, and burritos.
  • Al pastor: Crisp-thin shavings of vertical spit-roasted pork, marinated with guajillo chiles and achiote, then served on tortillas. Pastor means “shepherd,” the name given to Lebanese merchants who immigrated to Mexico City in the early 1900s, bringing the concept of shawarma with them. If you can find the real thing, it’s amazing!
  • Cochinita pibil: Whole suckling pig or pork shoulder that’s marinated in citrus with achiote, then wrapped in banana leaves and roasted. Historically, it’s buried in a pit with a fire at the bottom. We’ve had good results with a roaster oven that accommodates a pork shoulder well.
  • Barbacoa: Traditionally, beef cheek and head that’s covered in leaves from the maguey plant, then slow cooked over a wood fire in a pit in the ground. In America today, it also refers to spicy, shredded, slow-braised beef that’s been made tender, then pulled apart.  We like using our slow cooker to make barbacoa!
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Renée

Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 22 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!

49 Comments

  1. Raya

    Oooh all of this look absolutely divine! Wow can’t wait to try these out myself!

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  2. Beth

    Thanks for the reminder the Cinco de Mayo is this week! All of these dishes look absolutely delicious. I would love to try them, but I’m unfortunately not that gifted in the kitchen. Thank you for showing what’s possible. I might just have to attempt at least one of the dishes!

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    • Alison

      Maybe the Cinco de Mayobug will hit you and you will get excited to make one of these meats! If nothing else a churro works wonders for celebrating!

      Reply
  3. Fatima Ali

    This looks great! Its lunch time at my side and I am so hungry now. I like Mexican food but I eat chicken or beef. Don’t eat pork at all so I can try the ones that have chicken.

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    • Alison

      Glad we got you hungry! 🙂 Using beef or chicken in these traditional recipes are great, too!

      Reply
  4. subhadrika sen

    i love to try out different dishes and this one is an absolute must. It looks so lovely i can’t imagine how good it will taste.

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    • Alison

      Trust me it tastes good! But I want you to try it too!

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  5. Argell Sednaoui

    As a Mexican it’s hard to choose between carnitas, carne asada, barbacoa and cochinita pibil. But my favourite one is PASTOR! I love tacos al pastor.

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    • Renée

      I’m so with you Argell, I have two sons who lived in Mexico for 2 years and they beg me to make it for them!!!! I’ll try to post a good recipe soon, thanks.
      Renée recently posted…Tasty Tips: Mexican MeatMy Profile

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  6. Amy Scott

    Can’t forget those iced margs! I typically use ground turkey instead of beef but I’m getting sick of it, this would make a nice change to my tacos that I’m sure my husband is also bored of (easy meal lover over here!)

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    • Renée

      I had the same experience Amy with ground turkey. It’s so much more affordable, but I really love ground beef in a traditional taco and make them quite often.
      Renée recently posted…Tasty Tips: Mexican MeatMy Profile

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  7. kerry

    I love mexican food! We have a fajita night in my house and some of these recipes will be amazing and a change from chicken!! Will be making a few of these, thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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  8. Kathie Reyna

    My husband absolutely loves barbacoa. He also uses our slow cooker to cook it in. You can make some pretty tasty tacos from barbacoa!

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    • Renée

      So happy to hear of your delicious success Kathie. Great to have you here too!

      Reply
  9. Rashmi & Chalukya

    I have heard a lot about Mexican food and the your recipes make me feel hungry. I dont eat Pork and Beef so probably try these with chicken?

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    • Renée

      Yes, you can substitute chicken in most of the recipes, we like fish tacos too!

      Reply
  10. Ana De- Jesus

    I hope you enjoy cinco de mayo, I hear a lot of American bloggers are celebrating the festival? The barbosa sounds like something my Portuguese aunty would eat as she ate pigs intestines and a butt once lol!

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    • Renée

      It’s a very fun holiday around here, but pig intestines are definitely not on our list of this to eat!!!!

      Reply
  11. debbie-jean lemonte

    You’re always making me hungry. I cannot bookmark your page anymore Alison. I’ll get super fat. Haha!

    What goes between my tortillas? pulled pork with a spicy guacamole sauce. Nothing beats guacamole!

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    • Renée

      Give us another chance Debbie!!! We’ll try to straighten up…

      Reply
  12. Andrea

    Is it too early to say happy Cinco de Mayo?? Firstly I have to learn how to even make those tortillas!!

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    • Renée

      Happy Early Cinco de Mayo, Andrea!!!

      Reply
  13. Liz Mays

    I’d be curious to try traditional barbacoa. I’ve had the American version and I really like it when it has a hint of spice.

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    • Renée

      Great Liz, try it in your slow cooker!

      Reply
  14. Barely Vegan

    Wow, I definitely learned something. Mexican food is one of my favorite cuisines because of all the delicious spices and herbs they use! Thanks for sharing this information.

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    • Renée

      I think you nailed it, that’s why we all love it, cheers!

      Reply
  15. Bella

    Mmm these look amazing. I love Mexican food, can’t wait to try this!

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    • Renée

      Mexican is the bomb, Bella, enjoy!

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  16. Agnes

    Love the flavors of mexican food! need to make some this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Renée

      Great Agnes, have a good one!

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  17. Stephanie

    YUM! Mexican food is my favorite. Happy almost Cinco De Mayo! Cheers

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    • Renée

      Thanks and same to you Stephanie!

      Reply
  18. Sara

    I love authentic Mexican food! Thanks for the meat tips, the carnitas are my favorite types.

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  19. Carrie

    Yummy! I love Mexican food! This meat looks delicious!

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  20. Jasmine Watts

    Yumm… I love mexican food and this meat looks so delicious!! I would love love to try it!!

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  21. Travel Pockets (Crystal)

    That’s right! I forgot Cinco de Mayo was tomorrow. These suggestions all sound delicious!! I’ll have to go grocery shopping now.

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  22. Nicole Escat

    I bet this kind of food for our Family Reunion, for sure my family would love that.

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  23. Tiina A

    Oh yes, it wll be cinco del mayo tomorrow 🙂 Just got back home nad I’m starving. Would love to have all of those!

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  24. Lisa Rios

    Both me & my husband are crazy lovers of Mexican recipes, but our favorite is always chicken or beef. My husband loves those chicken based Tacos & those Enchiladas so much.

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  25. Yona Williams

    The first picture of that grilled meat looks so delicious! The photo of the beef tacos is making my mouth water. Really puts you in the mood to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
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    • Alison

      I know! It totally does for me, too! I can’t wait for Cinco de Mayo to try some of these meats!

      Reply
  26. Karla

    It all looks really delicious and the presentations are beautiful. I appreciate the descriptions of the different kinds of meat.

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    • Renée

      Thanks so much Karla, enjoy Cinco de Mayo!

      Reply
  27. Anna

    I love mexican food, I will attempt to do it on Sunday my friends would love it . 😀

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    • Renée

      I like to make the meat and ask my friends to bring all the fillings; cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, etc. It’s easy food to make and everyone likes it so have fun Anna!

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  28. Mutange

    This is awesome. That meat must be very delicious. Yummy, love it.

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  29. Eloise

    I love Mexican food, looks like some good tasting meat! yay for Cinco De Mayo
    Eloise recently posted…Kick Back & EnjoyMy Profile

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