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September 1, 2020

Braised American Lamb Tacos

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Recipe Provided By
"Well Seasoned Studio"
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braised lamb tacos on a plate with garnishes

Ingredients

  • 4 American Lamb shanks about 3-4 lbs.
  • 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups beer
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled and smashed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large onion peeled and quartered
  • 1 orange halved
  • 1 cup water

For serving:

  • Small corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 cup radishes thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Lime wedges for serving
  • Additional topping suggestions
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole

For serving:

  • Small corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 cup radishes thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Lime wedges for serving
  • Additional topping suggestions
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Hot Sauce

Directions

To make the lamb:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Pat lamb shanks dry with a paper towel, then season on all sides with kosher salt.

Combine chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon in a small bowl, then whisk to combine.

Heat canola oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. When hot, add lamb shanks and sear until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes total. Transfer lamb to a plate.

Add beer to the hot pan, then use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape up any brown bits at the bottom. Add vinegar, tomato paste, and spice blend, then whisk to combine.

Return seared lamb shanks to the pot, then add garlic, bay leaves, quartered onion, and halved orange. Pour water on top.

Cover and cook until meat is fork tender and falls off the bone, about 3 – 3 ½ hours. Uncover and allow lamb to rest about 15 minutes until cool enough to handle.

Transfer lamb to a plate, then pull meat by shredding with two forks or using your hands. Discard fat and bones.

Optional: strain braising liquid into a medium sauce pan. Cook over medium-high heat until reduced and thickened, about 10 minutes. Can serve on the side.

To assemble tacos:

Place a spoonful of lamb on top of two stacked tacos. Garnish with radishes, onion, cotija, and cilantro. Serve immediately with lime wedges (and reduced sauce, if using).

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

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Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.
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