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Beef Brisket reminds me of family gatherings back home. Our birthday parties were nothing like the parties my kids attend. We didn’t have theme parties at Chuck E. Cheese’s or at the bowling alley; we had a big family gathering with all the cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and anyone else we considered family. If you were a friend, we soon gave you a title of cousin or tia, and you were in. Our little birthday party quickly went from a little potluck to a full blown fiesta.


As soon as everyone arrived the pans of shredded brisket or as we called it, carne deshebrada, came out of nowhere. After that came the huge bowls of potato salad, frijoles de la olla, rajas, tostadas, and of course the twenty million types of salsa and chiles.


Brisket showed up at other types of parties like quinceñeras, baptisms, bridal and baby showers. It was the dish we could always count on. Brisket was usually the meat of choice. Why, you ask? Because it could be made in the oven or a slow cooker ahead of time and it would feed the masses.


I loved it when we had leftover brisket because I knew my mom would make one of several dishes a few days later. The type of dish was determined by whatever we had in the fridge at the time. If we had corn tortillas we’d have tacos or if she rolled them up and fried them we had flautas. If there was brisket and beans left, we had burritos. I don’t remember having much bread growing up, but I do remember having lots of flour and corn tortillas. Who knew that such an innocent piece of beef could wear so many different tortillas?


As a working mother I love preparing dishes that keep on giving for a couple more meals. Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday in my home and as a working mother of two very picky eaters, brisket tacos is one of our favorites. I love it because my slow cooker does all the work for me. I just come home from work and we have delicious tender meat for a slew of meals over the next couple of days. Fresh out of the slow cooker we have tacos, the next day we have tortas or sandwiches, and finally flautas.


Here is our favorite recipe for beef brisket tacos. My kids love tacos with a variety of toppings especially crema Mexicana. I prefer my tacos topped with homemade salsa. Add a side dish and you have a meal your mother would be proud of.


For a lighter version of this dish be sure to serve on warm corn tortillas and eliminate naughty cheese and creams, and instead top with a tasty homemade salsa and avocado slices.



2-4 pounds beef brisket, fat trimmed

2 ounces/pound of liquid smoke (recommend Claude’s Brisket Marinade Sauce)

2 bay leaves

1 (12-ounce) beer

Corn tortillas

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste


Topping Options

Grated cheese

Crema Mexicana



Avocado slices




1. Place all the ingredients into the slow cooker and marinate overnight.
2. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
3. Remove the brisket and shred the meat.
4. Warm corn tortillas, add shredded brisket, and garnish with your favorite toppings.


(Photography by Jeanine Thurston.  Pottery by Cherie Mahon available at cmahon@myawai.com and in the Santa Fe Art District at CoArt)


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Other recipes by Muy Bueno Cookbook on HK:

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Enchiladas Verdes (Green Enchiladas)
Albondigas, the Ultimate Comfort Soup
Beef Brisket Tacos
Mango Coconut Sorbet
Vanilla Cream Cheese Quesitos
Pumpkin Empanadas
Avena (Old Fashioned Mexican Oatmeal)
Calabacitas con Elote (Zucchini with Corn)


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Comment by lubna haque on February 23, 2013 at 11:04pm
Love this recipe .will make soon .thanx .
Comment by Yvette ~ Muy Bueno on February 5, 2011 at 2:05am

Gracias Pam! Its easy I promise! You really can't go wrong with it!!! Thanks for commenting!

We have MORE easy recipes on our blog at http://muybuenocookbook.wordpress.com/

Comment by Pam Feaser on February 4, 2011 at 10:18pm
Love this! Im new to learning to cook These foods and this looks like one I can do! I love all the food on this site and am working my way thru the recipes.And the month end wrap up of recipes is a great idea.It helps me not miss a single thing! Thanks again!!

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