Barbacoa Soft Tacos

Barbacoa Soft Tacos

Chef: Vanessa Bayma Kuiper

Description: These delicious soft tacos with mango salsa are perfect for a light dinner.

Skill Level: Intermediate

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  • 1 lamb shank
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped red chili
  • 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 cubed ripe mango
  • 1 tsp. chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped red chile
  • 1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 green onion
  • 1 dash cumin seeds


  1. Barbacoa marinade: Using a mortar & pestle gently crush the following ingredients: salt, black pepper, cilantro leaves, garlic, cumin seeds and red chili until the ingredients form a smooth paste. Then add the lime juice. Rub the lamb shank with the marinade and set aside for 10 minutes.

  2. Mango Salsa: Peel and cut the ripened mango into small cubes and place in a mixing bowl. Chop the chili and green onion and gently mix with the mango. Add fresh lime juice, salt and crushed pepper to the mixture and set aside. Note: before serving mix in fresh cilantro leaves.

  3. Cooking the barbacoa shank: Roast in the oven at 220 degrees for 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on size of shank. Barbacoa should be fork-tender.

  4. Serving: Warm the tortillas on the grill or microwave. Add the barbacoa and top with mango salsa and a sprinkle of the cilantro leaves.

  5. menu_book Chefs Notes:
    Serve with warm flour tortillas.

Recipe by Vanessa Bayma Kuiper, Vanessa Bayma Kuiper