April 6, 2022

Braised Lamb Shank Taquitos 


Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time


Total Time

4 HRS, 15 MIN


16 taquitos

Braised Lamb Shank Taquitos plated and topped with crema and cilantro



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 3 American lamb shanks 
  • 1 white onion, (sliced)
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic 
  • 5-6 dried New Mexico chili pods 
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt 
  • 2-3 cups water 


  • 16 corn tortillas 
  • 2 cups neutral oil 
  • 4 cups shredded braised American lamb shank 

Creamy jalapeño & cilantro sauce 

  • 2 green onions 
  • 1 jalapeño 
  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream 
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1/8 of a white onion 
  • Juice of one juicy lime 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 



Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. 

Heat a 5-quart enamel coated or heavy bottom baking dish with a lid over medium heat. Add the olive oil.

Brown the shanks on all sides, add the onions, garlic, paprika, and dried chilies. Add the water. 

Place the lid on and braise in the oven 3-4 hours. Check the liquid levels every hour to make sure it hasn’t evaporated. Add more if needed. 

Remove the shanks and allow to cool slightly. Remove the meat and any cartilage from the bones. 

Note: The USDA recommends that lamb reach an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees F with a 3-minute rest.

To make the taquitos: 

Heat the oil in a skillet to roughly 300 degrees F. Cook each tortilla 10-15 seconds to soften. Remove and place onto a paper towel lined plate to soak up excess oil. 

Lay the cooked tortillas on a board and gently fill with 2 tablespoons of shredded lamb shank. Roll tightly away from yourself.  

Repeat this process until you’ve filled all tortillas. 

Gently place the rolled taquitos seam side down in the oil and fry in batches of 5 or 6 roughly 5-7 minutes total. Rotate the taquitos often to brown evenly. 

Remove taquitos and set on a paper towel lined plate to drain excess grease.  

To make the creamy jalapeño & cilantro sauce: 

Place all ingredients into a food processor and whirl until smooth. Keeps up to 4 days in the fridge.

Lamb shanks taquitos frying in oil
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