I’ve always found it a bit strange that in my predominantly Latino community we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. There are no parades like on the east coast, but it is definitely “celebrated.”
Rather than squeeze my way through an over-crowded bar (that have Spanish names) with music blaring in my ears, I’d rather be cooking a great Irish meal at home while sipping a Guinness Draught Beer or a whiskey-inspired cocktail. Here’s our version of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Mexican-style with Corned Beef Tacos. We top the tacos with a sauce made with media crema spiked with horse radish and a squeeze of lemon juice. These are super delicious and a great way to use any leftover corned beef.
Wishing all of you the luck of the Irish (and Mexican, too)!
St. Patrick’s Day Slow Cooked Corned Beef Tacos Recipe
For the corned beef:
4 to 5 lbs., uncooked, pre-packaged and seasoned corned beef brisket, flat cut
2 cups water
3 potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 tbsp. whole black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
For the taco:
½ large onion, diced
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped finely
2 Jalapeños, sliced in rounds
1 Avocado, sliced halves or diced
1 dozen corn tortillas, medium size
For the Sauce:
1 cup media crema
3-4 tsp. of prepared horse-radish (to your taste and liking)
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
Place the corned beef with the fat side down into your slow cooker. Add the vegetables and black peppercorns and bay leaves. Fill the pot with enough water to just cover the corned beef. Cover and let slow cook on a low setting for 7 to 8 hours until the corn beef pulls away with a fork.
Carefully remove the meat from the pot, as it will be extremely hot and tender. Set on a cutting board, and allow it to rest until it firms up a bit, about 10 minutes. Slice or shred to put inside your tortilla. Do not discard the cooking liquid, as you are going to want it to cook your cabbage.
In a media sauce pan, strain out the vegetables and pour in the broth from the slow cooker. Add cabbage and let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove cabbage from liquid and drain.
For the cream sauce, mix the media crema with the prepared horse-radish. Mix in your lemon juice to taste as well.
Warm a corn tortilla. Place about 3 ounces of the corned beef in the middle. Top the meat with a spoonful of cabbage. Garnish with onions, cilantro, and avocado. Place a dollop of the horse-radish cream sauce on top along with the slices of jalapeños.
Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Mexican-style!