Saturday, November 3, 2012

Brisket Tacos with Brie and Grape Salsa

When we are in Jacksonville, we always frequent a place called "Taco Lu's".  They have an eclectic mix of... you guessed it... tacos and all things Mexican.  They have ahi tuna tacos, shrimp tacos, chicken tacos, many many more tacos, and their house speciality.... filet mignon with brie and grape salsa.  We have made our own version of this house speciality.  Beef Brisket with Brie and Grape Salsa.  This dish is very easy and you can do it the night before.  Actually it is much better if you do it the night before, and in the morning, all you have to do is shred the meat, make the salsa, and melt the cheese.  When you put all of the ingredients together, you get a delicious taco made right at home!

3 lb. beef brisket (you can justify this amount based on the amount of people you are trying to serve)
1/2 bottle of Dale's seasoning sauce (if you cannot find the Dale's brand, you can choose any marinade that you feel would compliment the other toppings)

Grape Salsa:
3 tablespoons red onion, minced
1 1/2 cups seedless red grapes, minced
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice

Other ingredients:
Brie Cheese


1.  In a crock-pot, place the brisket and cover it with the Dale's seasoning sauce. Set the crock-pot on low and cook for 6-8 hours.  Put this in the crock-pot before you go to bed and the house will be smelling wonderful in the morning!

2. In a mixing bowl, add the red onions.

3. Add the grapes. Mix well.

4.  Add the cilantro and lime juice.  Mix all of the ingredients together and put the salsa in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat. You could also make this ahead of time.

5.  Meanwhile, melt the Brie cheese.  You could put this in the oven, microwave, or we used a small crock-pot. 

6.  When the brisket is finished, it will basically fall apart.  Get your hands dirty and pull the brisket apart and place in a separate bowl.  We added a cup of the liquid that was left over in the crock-pot to make sure that the brisket stayed nice and juicy.

7.  When everything is finished, you can start layering the ingredients to make the perfect taco.  First, I added the melted Brie cheese to the tortilla.  Then, I added the brisket.  Lastly, I added the grape salsa. I also added a few sautéed red onions that I had left over, but that is completely optional! Roll the taco up and enjoy!

Until next time...

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