Pulled Beef Brisket Tacos

Beef brisket lends itself surprisingly well to tacos.  Maybe it's because the brisket is slow cooked for 8 hours in spices.  Or it might be because the long cooking time transforms an inexpensive tough cut of meat into a "melt in your mouth it's so packed with flavor" cut of meat.  Either way, the brisket elevates these tacos beyond the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Pulled Beef Brisket Tacos

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Serves: 6 Total Time: 9 hours and 10 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 pounds beef brisket
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 Spanish onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, with their juices
  • 1 whole chipotle chile pepper en adobo from one can Not one can.
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • For serving:
  • Small soft tortillas. I suggest some slaw, pickled onions and/or pickled jalapeños.


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