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Playing How To Make Tacos Veracruz | Rachael Ray

Rach shares a quick-cooking taco recipe that calls for pork, fish or chicken made in a flavorful sauce of olives, capers and tomatoes.

"These are usually a vehicle for fish, and firm white planks of fish can be lightly browned or grilled and removed from pan, then make the sauce and gently simmer the fish a few minutes and serve. Here we use sliced pork tenderloin, but thinly sliced chicken breasts work too. For a larger meal, serve with black beans and Cotija cheese and rice." –Rach

Click here for more of Rach's tasty taco recipes, like these 7-Layer Tacos and her Sloppy Joe Tacos.

Ingredients

For the spice blend:
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin (⅓ palm)
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican oregano (⅓ palm)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika (⅓ palm) 
For the tacos:
  • 1½ pounds pork tenderloin (or chicken breast or fish such as sustainable cod or snapper)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 tablespoons neutral oil, like peanut or safflower oil
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large fresh bay leaf
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced or chopped
  • About ⅔ to ¾ cup sliced green olives with pimiento 
  • About 3 tablespoons drained capers
  • 2 pounds tomatoes, seeded and finely diced
  • One handful cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 12 to 16 small soft corn tortillas, charred or warmed to package directions, to serve
  • Pickled jalapeño, to serve
  • Crumbled Cotija, to serve

Yield

Serves: 4

Preparation

For the spice blend, combine in small dish.

Slice pork tenderloin down center and halve. Thinly slice on bias. (TIP: Firm up in freezer for a few minutes for a thinner slice.) If using boneless chicken, slice on bias across breasts. For fish, cut into planks 1x1x3-inch. Season protein of choice with salt and pepper and half of spice blend. 

Heat 2 tablespoons oil, 2 turns of the pan, in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, brown the pork (or chicken or fish) in 2 batches, about 2 minutes on each side and remove to platter, fish will take a little less time to lightly brown all over. Add more oil, 2 turns, and the onions, jalapeño and bay, season with salt and pepper, soften for a couple minutes. Add a splash of water to pick up any meat drippings and remaining spice blend. Add garlic, olives and capers, and stir a minute, add tomatoes and simmer 5 minutes and break down a bit, add protein back to pan and simmer 2 to 3 minutes, add the cilantro and lime and serve from pan with corn tortillas, pickled jalapeño peppers and crumbled Cotija.