My family has a deep adoration for Mexican food. Maybe it is because of my Mexican heritage, or maybe it's because it just tastes so darn good! I can't think of any Mexican dish we don't enjoy though.
As a tradition, some of my relatives would make homemade tamales at Christmas time. This was a feast I always looked forward to! Oh my gosh, it was the best! If you have ever made homemade tamales, then you know how much work is involved. It's quite labor intensive and time consuming. So I came up with a way that we could enjoy a tamale type dish without all of the fuss.
I use my jalapeño corn cakes as the base and pile on the fixings as desired. Top them with some homemade enchilada sauce and you have got yourself one delicious and easy version of a tamale. I'm sharing my shredded beef recipe with you today. But if chicken or pork is your thing, you can easily swap the meat for whatever you are feeling. If you can't eat corn and are looking for a substitute for the corn cakes, try the paleo sandwich bread. It makes a great alternative!
For The Beef:
2 Tbs coconut oil or olive oil
3 pound beef brisket (chuck roast will work too)
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 yellow onion, diced
4 oz can diced green chiles
2 cups beef broth
1 Tbs chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne or chipotle powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp coriander
1. Trim fat from brisket and season beef with salt and pepper. In a large pan, heat the oil over medium high heat and sear the brisket on all sides. If your slow cooker has a browning option, you can use that instead.
2. Once seared, transfer the beef to your slow cooker. Combine the chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, and coriander in a small bowl and rub the beef with the spice mixture.
3. Top with onions and green chiles. Then pour the beef broth over the brisket. Cover and cook for 6-7 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.
4. Using two forks, shred the beef. To serve, place the beef on top of the corn cakes and top with enchilada sauce, red pepper cashew cream, and desired toppings. Enjoy!