This morning my husband and I pulled out the slow cooker and made Short Rib Tacos from William-Sonoma’s The New Slow Cooker Cookbook.
I had to get the ingredients into the slow cooker before 9am because I was meeting Stacey, Quintessence Blog, for coffee at Neat to discuss our #jingletweet event at The Audiocom Group’s new South Norwalk, CT Design Center (see below for more information.) It was not a complicated recipe, it just required me to be more awake than I was without coffee. The dried anchos chiles needed to be stemmed and their seeds removed before placing them in hot water to be rehydrated. In my sleepy haze I forgot that the chiles’ heat would be on my fingers, even after washing my hands several times, and when I went to wash my face I got an eyeful! YOWZER! Those chiles spoke to me!
I sautéed one chopped onion and green pepper in oil before adding garlic, sherry vinegar and beer.
Two chopped tomatoes and the sautéed ingredients went into the blender with ground cumin and the rehydrated chiles.
I got my husband involved at this point, he broiled the beef short ribs with salt, pepper and oregano flakes for about 10 minutes. Be sure to flip them.
Into the slow cooker the ribs went.
We poured the blended wet ingredients over the ribs.
Cook for eight hours on low.
We then pulled the meat off the bone.
Amazingly, we were left with only a cereal size bowl of shredded meat. I thought it would be more.
We took the leftover liquid from the slow cooker and reduced it down in a sauce pan.
Mix in the shredded meat.
Heat the corn tortillas in a hot frying pan until browned.
We garnished the tacos with avocado, sour cream and tomato salsa.
It looked delicious, but it was not as tasty as I had hoped. It was actually quite bland and not spicy at all. My husband and I agreed that it would need a bit more seasoning if we made it again. I wonder if the leftovers will be better the next day? Ridgely’s Radar gives this a six out of ten and my husband gives it a seven out of ten!
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