Prep:  15 min
Cook:  3 hours
Serves:  4-6
Average: 4.2 (15 votes)
Recipe by: La Banderita
Slow-cooked beef cheeks in a mix of Mexican spices make this beef cheek tacos recipe perfect for any time of the year. This recipe created by celebrity chef Justine Schofield can be served with La Banderita Burrito Grande for a BIG burrito or smaller soft tacos to make mini burritos to share.
Credit: Recipe by celebrity chef Justine Schofield

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Beef Cheek Tacos by Justine Schofield
Beef Cheek Tacos
  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Heat half the olive oil in a heavy-based casserole pan over medium-high heat. Season the beef cheeks with salt and pepper and sear for 1–2 minutes on each side until browned. Remove from the pan. Add another tablespoon of oil, then add the onion and garlic and season with salt. Turn the heat down to medium and cook, stirring regularly, for 6-8 minutes until softened and lightly caramelised. Add the spices and oregano and cook for a further 1 minute before adding the chipotle and adobo sauce. Stir in the tomato and cook for 5 minutes until it breaks down.
  3. Return the beef cheeks to the pan and 500 ml (2 cups) of water. Cover with the lid. Transfer to the oven and cook for 2–2 1/2 hours until the beef cheeks are tender. If they don’t fall apart easily, cook a little longer.
  4. Meanwhile, place the sliced onion in a bowl with vinegar, sugar and a pinch of salt. Squash with your fingers and let macerate.
  5. Remove beef from sauce and shred the beef cheeks with two forks before returning them to the sauce.
  6. Heat a pan over medium heat and heat the tortilla for a minute on each side.
  7. Serve the beef cheek with a dollop of yoghurt or sour cream, pickled onions, avocado and warm tortillas.
Tips & Hints:
  • Grab a pack of La Banderita’s deliciously authentic tortillas – 10” Burrito Grande for a BIG burrito or our 8” Soft Taco for something more like a mini burrito!
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