Lamb Tacos Recipe

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Lamb Tacos Recipe


How To Make Lamb Tacos

Enjoy a fiesta of Mexican flavors with each bite of these braised lamb tacos! They\’re made with beer, jalapeno, and canned tomatoes.

Prep: 30 mins
Marinate: 8 hrs
Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
Total: 11 hrs


  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 10 cloves garlic, smashed
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar, packed light
  • 2 tsp ancho chile powder
  • 16 oz tomatoes, (1 can) crushed
  • 5 lb leg of lamb, cross-cut into 5 to 6 pieces, bone-in
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper , to taste
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 12 oz llager beer, (2 bottles)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • corn tortillas, warmed, for serving
  • cilantro, for topping


  1. Toast the cumin and coriander seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, swirling the pan, for about 2 minutes until slightly darkened. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the vinegar, olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, cinnamon stick, brown sugar, chile powder, and tomatoes; whisk to combine.
  2. Put the lamb in a large nonreactive container and add the marinade; cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 48 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the lamb from the marinade and pat dry; reserve the marinade. Season the lamb with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat the canola oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add the lamb and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side until browned. Add the reserved marinade, beer, and jalapeno and bring to a simmer.
  5. Cover, transfer to the oven, and braise for about 2 hours until very tender. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Skim off any excess fat. Remove the lamb and pull the meat off the bone, discarding the bones and fat.
  6. Strain the liquid into a smaller pot and keep warm. Shred the meat using the fingers and transfer to a bowl. Pour the warmed braising liquid over the meat and toss to coat. Divide among corn tortillas and top with cilantro.
  7. Serve and enjoy.


  • Sugar: 4g
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  • Calcium: 36mg
  • Calories: 444kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 91mg
  • Fat: 33g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 21g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Potassium: 576mg
  • Protein: 30g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Sodium: 103mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 535IU
  • Vitamin C: 9mg
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