Ropa Vieja Mini Tacos Recipe

Minimize your hosting duties on the day of the party by preparing these charming and tasty mini tacos ahead of time, then assembling them in the shell right before guests arrive.
Ropa Vieja Tacos

Ropa Vieja Tacos

The only thing better than tacos are miniature one like these ropa vieja tacos. A variety of fillings and taco shells can be prepared ahead of time, then quickly assembled right before guests arrive.

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Yields: 8 servings

Ingredients

2 pounds skirt steak
10 peppercorns
6 cloves garlic
1 small yellow onion
2 bay leaves
2 cups tomatoes, crushed
2 ancho chiles, seeded
2 guajillo chiles, seeded
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
4 red bell peppers, julienned
2 red onions, julienned

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Season skirt steak with salt and pepper, and place in baking dish.

3. Cover dish halfway with water, and add tomatoes and chiles.

4. Wrap peppercorns, yellow onion, garlic and bay leaves in a square of cheesecloth, tie with baker's twine and add to pan.

5. Cover with foil and simmer in oven until meat begins to fall apart (about 3 hours).

6. Remove meat and shred with a fork.

7. Strain liquid through cheesecloth, and add back to pan.

8. Cook on stove over high heat until thickened to light sauce.

9. Heat olive oil in large pan over medium-high heat.

10. Saute bell peppers and onions, then add to shredded meat. Add just enough sauce to coat, and toss.

11. To serve, fill mini tortilla rounds with ropa vieja mixture.

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