These recipes are from and inspired by Restaurateur and Mexican-food fiend
Sara Deseran‘s trek down California’s historic, gritty, tortilla-packed Highway 99. Click through to discover some of the Golden State’s most mouthwatering tacos, stews, and drinks.
A low-and-slow cooking technique used for this birria, which colloquially means “a mess,” ensures that the meat is fork-tender and the tomatillo broth infused with a rich, meaty flavor. Swap pork for goat, if you prefer.
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2) Braise or Steam Meats and Fish
Yucatán-Style Shredded Pork Tacos with Achiote (Cochinita Pibil Tacos)
At the Viva Taco bus in Turlock, Silvestre Valencia adds jalapeño pickling liquid to the pork braise, which tenderizes the meat and keeps it from drying out.
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Inspired by the potato tacos at Loncheria Otro Rollo in Bakersfield, these Tacolicious versions are stuffed with fluffy mashed potatoes and pan-fried until crisp. The accompanying smoky ranchero sauce also would be great as an accompaniment for meat or fish or spooned over eggs.
Get the recipe for Tacos de Papa Hwy 99 (Potato Tacos) »
This version of the classic Mexican rice-based drink, which writer Sara Deseran adapted from one at Fresno’s El Mercado Super, is made with a mix of coconut milk and coconut water for a beverage that is both luxurious and refreshing.
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