Corned Beef Tacos for St. Patrick’s Day

Corned Beef Tacos for St. Patrick's Day

Corned Beef Tacos for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is not only one of the most enjoyable holidays, but also one of the most inclusive ones. Everyone is a bit Irish on St. Patty’s Day, aren’t they? Every year we get together with friends, sip Irish drinks or green beer, and revel into the night. Another tradition is Irish cuisine.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, one of our favorite holidays, I decided to serve corned beef. Growing up, it wasn’t a true St. Patty’s Day without corned beef on the menu. Essentially a preserved, pickled meat, this beef brisket was slow cooked in my mother’s crock pot with potatoes and cabbage for many a holiday.

For those looking to switch things up with me this year, I offer you a fun and spicy variation served taco style on corn tortillas. The beef itself is seasoned with chili powder and Mexican oregano, although a packaged taco seasoning would do fine in a pinch. I incorporated cabbage by shredding it into a slaw with jalapeno peppers, then topped the tacos with a roasted jalapeno sour cream and carmelized onions.

We were in a rush this year due to poor planning. Why did I not plan ahead and slow cook my corned beef the way Mom used to? Lucky for me, I am the proud owner of a pressure cooker, which did the trick just right. If you don’t have a pressure cooker or prefer not to cook with one, prepare your brisket your normal way, and the recipe still applies.

Also, it’s hard to find anything smaller than a 2-3 pound brisket. This recipe won’t use up the whole brisket, so prepare for leftovers. I offer a recipe for your corned beef leftovers as well below.

Corned Beef Tacos with Jalapeno-Cabbage Slaw, Roasted Jalapeno Sour Cream and Carmelized Onions

Corned Beef Tacos for St. Patrick's Day

Corned Beef Tacos for St. Patrick's Day

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CORNED BEEF
  • 1 2.5-3 pound corned beef brisket
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder or taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano

Cooking Directions

  1. Slice open the corned beef package and discard the seasoning packet that comes with it. It’s a joke!
  2. To a pressure cooker, add the brisket (you may need to cut it in half) along with all of the seasonings.
  3. Cover the brisket with water and pressure cook for 1 hour.
  4. Remove from heat and release the steam.
  5. Shred and serve on corn tortillas topped with Jalapeno-Cabbage Slaw and Roasted Jalapeno Sour Cream (below)

Jalapeno Cabbage Slaw

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, shredded
  • Juice from half a lime
  • 2 teaspoons champagne vinegar
  • Red pepper flakes to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and toss to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Roasted jalapeno Sour Cream

Ingredients

  1. 1 roasted jalapeno pepper, chopped
  2. 5 tablespoons sour cream
  3. 3 cloves roasted garlic or pan roasted
  4. Juice from half a lime

Cooking Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Carmelized Onions

Ingredients

  • One large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup water

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat a large pan to medium heat and add onions with olive oil.
  2. Cook about 10 minutes, until onions are very wilted and are browning nicely.
  3. Add sugar and water and continue to cook until water greatly reduces and onions begin to carmelize. The sugar helps the process along. The onions will be done in about 20 minutes, when they are very dark.
  4. Set aside until ready to use.

You’ll also need warmed corn tortillas for serving. NOTE: This recipe serves 2 hungry people and leaves plenty of leftover brisket for the next day. Enjoy!

For the Leftover Brisket – How about a Corned Beef Cheese Melt? Yes!

Corned Beef Cheese Melt

Ingredients

  • Cooked Corned Beef (about 1/2 – 1 pound should do)
  • 4 slices rye bread, lightly toasted
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dijon Mustard or Chipotle Mayo for serving

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat a large pan to medium heat and add olive oil, cabbage and jalapeno pepper. Cook about 10-12 minutes, or until cabbage and peppers are nice and soft. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  3. To a baking sheet, add rye bread slices.
  4. Top each with corned beef, cabbage-jalapeno mixture, then with a slice of Swiss cheese.
  5. Bake about 6 minutes, or until cheese is nicely melted.
  6. Top with mustard or chipotle mayo and serve.
Leftover Corned Beef Sandwich Melts with Chipotle Mayo

Leftover Corned Beef Sandwich Melts with Chipotle Mayo

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About Mike from Madness

Mike Hultquist is a chili pepper and spicy food enthusiast with an insane desire to play in the kitchen. He's all about cooking with chili peppers, but also loves chili pepper gardening, preserving, and experimenting with new and creative ways to incorporate spicy food into life. He's also a produced screenwriter, novelist, food writer and web site developer.
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One Response to Corned Beef Tacos for St. Patrick’s Day

  1. Wow Mike that corned Beef looks to die for. I have yet to master the art of Roasting Beef perfectly. Love your twist on this.

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