Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pork Tacos Dallas Gas Station Style

Cookbook Spotlight and Cook Off
The Homesick Texan Cookbook
Lisa Fain

I am so excited to be invited to participate with a great group of bloggers in presenting to our readers some fabulous recipes from the new cookbook, The Homesick Texan by Lisa Fain. I will be cooking from this book for the next few weeks, so I really hope that you will enjoy our presentations. Let's get started cooking.

Pork Tacos Dallas Gas Station Style

Lisa's recipe is based on the great Taco's that can be found along the South Buckner area of Dallas at of all things, the Gas Station. I have enjoyed these Tacos along the South Buckner area many times and Lisa has certainly captured the flavor of the Dallas Gas Station Taco in her recipe.

Pork Taco's Dallas Gas Station Style
The Homesick Texan Cookbook
Page 167
Lisa Fain
Prepared in Miz Helen's Kitchen
4 to 6 servings
For The Pork
4 dried pasilla chiles, stems and seeds removed
2 pounds pork shoulder
1 canned chipotle chile in adobo
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Small pinch of ground cloves
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
For The Taco's
6 jalapeno chiles
Tortillas either corn or flour
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 medium yellow onion diced
1 lime, cut into wedges
Salsa for serving
In a dry skillet heated on high, toast the pasilla chiles on each side for about 10 seconds or just until they start to puff. Fill the skillet with enough water to cover chiles.  Leave the heat on until water begins to boil and then turn off the heat and let the chiles soak until soft, about 30 minutes.

While the pasilla chiles are soaking, rinse the pork and trim the fat.  Cut into half-inch size pieces.

Once the pasilla chiles are hydrated, drain and rinse the chiles. Place the chiles in a blender along with the chipotle chile, garlic, oregano, cumin, cloves, orange juice, pineapple juice, vinegar, and olive oil.  Blend until a smooth puree forms.  Taste and salt.

Toss the diced pork with the chile puree, place in a non-reactive container, and store covered in the refrigerator for 8 hours.

Before cooking, let the pork sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.  To cook the pork, heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet on medium.  Fry the pork in the skillet for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

While the pork is cooking, place the jalapenos under the broiler and cook for 10 minutes, or until blackened, turning once. Serve pork in warm tortillas, topped with cilantro and onions, along with the roasted jalapenos, lime wedges, and salsa on the side.

Starting With A Very Hot Skillet

Add All The Ingredients For The Chili Puree

This Is A Thick and Rich Chili Puree

Cook The Pork

Enjoy Your Taco's!

I made these great Taco's exactly like the recipe and would not change a thing. They are absolutely delicious!
You will want to get this book and try these great recipe's because this Texas Gal can cook! Thanks for stopping by today and having Taco's with us and sure hope we will see you at Full Plate Thursday!
This Post is part of The Homesick Texan Cookbook Spotlight and Cook-Off
sponsored by Hyperion and  hosted at Girlichef 
Peace and Joy


  1. I love your little Texas "pocket"! Oh how I wish I could actually make a trip down Gas Station row...but I'm happy to just be able to make them at home. Your tacos look deeeelicious :D

  2. Yippee....this is good lookin' chow here :-)

  3. Yours look delicious...and I know they are...I'm one of the lucky ones too.

  4. What a fabulous name for a cookbook! I, myself, am a homesick Texan :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  5. These sound so good, Miz Helen! What a cute name for a cookbook!!!

  6. Wow, this looks delicious. I love chillies. You have a great blog. Looking fwd to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

  7. The tacos look amazing!! I regret not making the time to add these, I only made the beans! great pics!

  8. I will be making these, Miz Helen! Thanks for sharing them with us. I will be looking forward to more yummies from this cookbook.

  9. it is so much fun to see how everyone is "fixin'" the same dish. your tacos are making my mouth water. yum, yum, YUM!

  10. You ALWAYS know how to make me drool!

  11. Now this is my kind of food! Looks Delicious!

  12. I love the name of this recipe! Do you know if this can be made with other meats? I don't eat pork, but I'd love to try these!

  13. Hi Abby,
    Although I have not had an opportunity to try this chili puree with other meats, I feel very confident that the puree would work with beef, poultry or fish. I am already planning to use the puree in other ways. It is absolutely delicious and very easy to prepare. Thanks for stopping and enjoy your Tacos'!
    Miz Helen

  14. Great looking tacos Miz, glad to be part of the cook off with you..
    Thanks for sharing...

  15. These look so yummy, I am drooling all over again!

  16. I love that bright yellow plate and the cute Texa jeans pocket--they make your photos so fun and your tacos look delicious. This was a fun recipe to cook. ;-)

  17. Miz Helen, these look wonderful! I held off on checking out everyone's posts until mine was ready to go. Looks like you enjoyed as much as I did!

  18. Just reading about these tacos is making me want to cook up another batch. They were so good.

    Love how you added a little Texas flair with the embroidered pocket. :)

    So glad to be cooking with you in this adventure. :)

  19. Miz Helen, this looks delicious! My family would love this dish. Thanks for another wonderful recipe!

  20. Your tacos look wonderful! Happy to be cooking with you this month. Always fun to "meet" new friends.

  21. will have to try these love the name of them come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  22. I adore the homesick texan. must.order this book.
    these look amazing!

  23. These look delicious. I can't wait to try these. I linked to you from These Chicks Cooked. Thank you!

  24. Miz Helen, your tacos looks SO delicious! Your photographs look just mouthwatering too! I think I may have to order a copy of The Homesick Texan - I'm coming across so many wonderful recipes in this spotlight. Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  25. Oh my Texan stars! This recipe makes me weak in the knees! What great flavors, Liz! What yummy pictures!
    Please participate in ON THE MENU MONDAY and share this wonderful recipe.
    I need to get The Homesick Texan Cookbook!
    There is a Texas girl deep down somewhere in this Lancaster co. girl heart!

  26. Wow, fabulous, just wish I could run over there and buy some tonight. The flavors sound amazing. We just did some fried taco shells with beef the other night - did I feel guilty or what, but were they ever fantastic!

  27. I thought I had already commented on this one too. I saw it early in the week and told my daughter about it. I go to a little hole in the wall across from Bachman Lake on NW Hwy that sells the best soft tacos or burritos around. It is a convenient store connected to a little small diner. They barely speak English in there and they have the giant slab of pork hanging up rotating. When you order some pork tacos, they just slice off a chunk and cut it up. The pico is to die for. Don't know the name of the place. Anyway, The Gas Station looks divine and I will certainly check it out. But meanwhile, I think I will try this recipe. Yum!

  28. These are great looking tacos - not something I try my hand at too often, but I really must give these a go. Yum!
    Sue :-)

  29. Miz Helen, Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe with Cookbook Sunday @ Moms Sunday Cafe. Hope to see you again in November! I can't wait to read this cookbook!~


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