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Chipotle Brisket Tacos

Created by Chef Ray Garcia
Recipe uses Chipotle Sauce
Chipotle Sauce
Makes 8-10 servings.
Chipotle Brisket Tacos
Chipotle Brisket Tacos


Taco Filling
1 (5-pound) beef brisket
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup canola oil
2 white onions, quartered
12 garlic cloves
1 pound tamarind paste
2 (7-ounce) cans chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 bay leaf
4 cups light brown sugar
4 quarts water
Taco Topping
2 red onions, julienned
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon habanero pepper, diced
Kosher salt, to taste
Fresh corn tortillas, warmed
1 cup fresh cilantro, leaves picked


Prepare the Taco Filling: Clean brisket by trimming off excess fat, cut into 5-inch pieces, and season with salt and pepper. Heat canola oil in a large, heavy-bottomed, stainless steel pot over medium-high heat. Add brisket to pot and sear each side until meat is deep golden brown. Once browned, remove brisket from pot and set aside for later.

In a separate large, heavy-bottomed, stainless steel pot, sauté onions and garlic until translucent. Add tamarind paste, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, TABASCO® Chipotle Sauce, bay leaf, brown sugar and water and bring mixture to a simmer.

Once brown sugar has dissolved within mixture, add reserved brisket to pot, cover with aluminum foil and simmer 3 hours or until tender. Remove brisket, shred and set aside.

In a food processor, blend remaining liquid and then combine with shredded brisket in a bowl or pot until ready to serve.

If preparing the day before, let shredded brisket and liquid cool before placing in fridge overnight. Re-heat in a large, medium- to heavy-weight stainless steel pot before serving.

Prepare the Taco Topping: Mix red onion, lime juice and habanero peppers in a bowl; season with salt and allow to sit 1 hour.

To serve, build tacos by adding heated brisket to a warm fresh corn tortilla and top with onion mixture and cilantro leaves, as desired.

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You will need:

Chipotle Sauce

A smoky, flavorful sauce. Pairs well with any BBQ dish.

Chipotle Sauce