HAVE A TACO PARTY! (here's how...)

Homemade tacos. I had no idea. Why on earth would anyone buy a taco kit when homemade are SO EASY and SO FANTASTIC?

Follow these steps to have your own awesome Taco Party.

STEP ONE - Invite your friends to a Taco Party at your house. Thanks for hosting @AJCrowley!

STEP TWO - Buy a bag of Maseca Corn Masa Mix. I got mine at the Superstore in the international aisle for $4.79.

STEP THREE - Mix Maseca with water to a smooth dough. Too wet? Add more Maseca. Too dry? Add more water. 

STEP FOUR - Get out your tortilla press. I saw them at Paderno in Bayer's Lake for $20. Kathy and Brent got theirs at Café Aroma Latino (intersection of North and Agricola) for about the same.

STEP FIVE - Roll small balls of dough with your hands, flatten slightly, then press between parchment paper in the tortilla press.

STEP SIX - Cook the tortillas in a hot dry cast iron skillet until slightly toasty on each side - about a minute or so. Keep them warm in the oven, at the lowest temperature, covered with damp paper towel, until all tortillas are cooked.

STEP SEVEN - Prepare/round up all of the condiments and toppings that you and your awesome friends have made/brought. 

Like this homemade Habanero Hot Sauce that Brent's friend Chris sent over.

Grate lots and lots of cheeeeeeeeeese.

Cut up some cilantro, slice up some radishes, drink some Olands.

Crisp up your brisket in a cast iron pan.

Start setting everything out on a table, buffet style.

Clockwise from top left - grated Monerey Jack cheese, fresh cilantro, sliced radishes, Kathy's homemade salsa, Sean's creamy garlicky guacamole, Salsa Doña (which Kris made and was agreed by all to be the star of the evening), crazy off-the-hook-spicy chopped up ghost peppers

Unveil the pulled pork. Rubbed with a blend of spices, Kathy and Brent braised a pork shoulder with fresh squeezed OJ, lime juice, dried chiles, a touch of cumin, oregano and brown sugar in their homemade smoker.

STEP EIGHT - Bring out the warm tortillas from the oven, give everyone a plate, start walking around the table, and assemble your taco in any damn fashion you like.

I ate five. And I can't wait to do it again.

AJ Crowley's SxSW Inspired Brisket

Buy a brisket from your local butcher. Trim it of fat and cut into 2-inch strips across the grain.

Prepare a dry rub of chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, chili flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper - play with measurements to create your own flavour mix.

Add brisket plus one chopped onion and 2 big handfuls of chopped cilantro to slow cooker. Cook on low for about 14 hours until meat starts to fall apart.
 

Remove meat from slow cooker and shred with a couple of forks - discard the onion and cilantro. Mix some chipotle sauce (Kris used Tabasco brand) and your favourite bbq sauce with the meat to taste.

To serve - fry in a cast iron skillet with a little canola oil until you start to see crispy bits.
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