Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Beer-Braised Turkey Tacos

Prep / Total time : 1 hour 40 minutes     Makes 12 tacos

Another recipe my friend shared with me and like 'Lays Potato Chips' you can't just eat one .Skinless turkey thighs and drumsticks are packed with flavor; they’re also low in fat and high in protein and essential minerals like selenium. Braise the meat in beer until ultratender, then shreds it for tacos. "It’s also fabulous in a sandwich."

2            tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2            1-pound bone-in turkey thighs or drumsticks, skin and fat removed
                **Salt and freshly ground pepper**
4            large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1            medium white onion, cut into 1-inch dice, plus minced white onion, for serving
1            large oregano sprig
1            large jalapeño—stemmed, seeded and sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
1            medium tomato, coarsely chopped
1            ancho chile—stemmed, seeded and coarsely chopped or torn
1            2-inch cinnamon stick
1            12-ounce bottle Mexican dark beer, such as Modelo Negro ( any dark beer )
1            cup water
12          corn tortillas
2            tablespoons toasted sesame seeds and cilantro sprigs, for serving

1.      In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season the turkey with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat until richly browned all over, about 8 minutes. Transfer the turkey to a plate.
2.     Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the casserole along with the garlic, diced onion, oregano and jalapeño and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the onion is softened, about 8 minutes. Add the tomato, ancho and cinnamon stick and cook, stirring, until the tomato releases its juices.
3.      Return the turkey to the casserole, add the beer and water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat, turning once, until the turkey thighs are tender, about 1 hour. Transfer the turkey to a plate and let cool. Discard the oregano sprig and cinnamon stick and boil the sauce over high heat until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 12 minutes.
4.      Preheat the oven to 350°. Wrap the tortillas in foil and bake for about 8 minutes, until softened and heated through. Remove the turkey meat and shred it. Transfer the sauce to a food processor and puree. Return the sauce to the pot and stir in the shredded turkey. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon the turkey onto the tortillas. Top with minced onion, sesame seeds and cilantro sprigs and serve.
Make ahead the shredded braised turkey can be refrigerated in the sauce for up to 2 days.
Reheat gently.


  1. Replies
    1. Hi Nellie , they are a tasty treat fot lunch or dinner thanks for stopping by :).

  2. I'll cook anything in beer! These look terrific - loads of flavor, Definitely something I should try - thanks so much.

    1. Hi John , I love cooking with beer , stay tiune a lot more recipes coming this way, thanks for stopping by :).

  3. Hi Nee!

    The Beer Braised Turkey Tacos sound delicious. I love cooking with beer too. I was actually thinking of starting a board on Pinterest for foods cooking with alcoholic beverages. Maybe one day...

    So, you didn't say if you were going to join us for the Pasta Party, please say yes:) But don't cause any more pulling of the hair if you can't, lol...Did you want me to add your name to the Pasta Board? (if I can figure out how to do it, lol)

    1. Hi Louise , love cooking with beer , wine and bourbon .

      So sorry , I want to join the Pasta Party , pleas add my name to the Pasta Board :) I would not miss all the fun meeting and making new friends . It was my intention to say I was in , but my head just went swiming , Thanks so much for stopping by and give Marion a hug :).

    2. Nee, you don't have to join the Pasta Board to join in on the Pasta Party fun. You can of course but I don't want you to feel like you must. (I just have to figure out how to add a name. please be patient. If you see any hair flying down your way that's mine and me being impatient, lol:)

    3. I am joining the Pasta Party , Friends and meeting new people , what great fun (((HUS)))

  4. Hi Nee, These turkey tacos sound awesome. My adult grandsons will be here all next week and they could love this. Actually, one of them is a great cook and I intend to get some pics of the things he cooks.
    You still came up as no reply in my inbox. After my family leaves, maybe we can get on email and walk through it. Hope I can help.
    Big hugs, Ginger

    1. Hi Ginger , looking forward to seeing what they cook I so enjoy you and what you get into thanks for dropping by :).

  5. Dear Nee, What a yummy recipe this is! Love tacos and this one dish sounds fabulous! Love all the ingredients especially the sesame seeds. I could eat them by spoonfuls.A great recipe for company as well, you can make as much as you need, plus I think I would have to have at least two! Thanks for sharing....Blessings...Dottie :)

    1. Hi Dottie , this is a fun recipe and different from your everyday tocos , give them a try Thanks for stopping by :).

  6. Hi Nee,

    For anything that low fat and yummy, I raised my hand!!! And, I'm raising both my hands for your saucy and flavorsome beer turkey tacos!!!


    1. Hi Zoe , they are delicious , I tell my friends don't let the beer fool you , it just adds to the flavor thanks for stopping by :).

  7. Yummy! That reminds me that I didn't have turkey for a very long time :)

    1. Hi Medeja , well it's time for a turkey taco or maybe two , thanks for stopping by :).

  8. Replies
    1. Hi Cquek , it's a very delicious comfort food , please pull up a chair and have aa bowl . Thanks for stopping by :).


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