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Tacos al albañil
Serves 6 to 8

8 oz bacon, sliced
2 pounds beef sirloin or tenderloin, cut into 1″ pieces
Kosher or sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups white onion, slivered or sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 jalapeño chile, sliced, seeding optional, or to taste
1 pound ripe Roma tomatoes
Flour or corn tortillas

Place tomatoes in a baking dish and under the broiler for 6 to 9 minutes, until charred, mushy and juices have begun to run. Once cool, roughly chop, but don’t discard the juices.

Heat the skillet, add the bacon and cook until it is crisp and browned, about 5 minutes. Add the meat and season with salt and pepper and sear for about 2 minutes per side.

Add in the onion and jalapeño and let them soften for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and before it browns, in less than a minute, add the chopped tomatoes. Stir here and there and let it all season for about 4 to 5 minutes.

In a skillet or comal, set over medium-low heat, heat the tortillas. It will take about 1 minute per side. Place the tortillas in a tortilla warmer or wrap them in a clean kitchen towel or cloth napkin.

Serve along with the tenderloin tips; guests can fill the tortillas with the amount of filling they desire.


I’ve made taco’s like these before, but never knew they had a special name. They are really great.

Gracias, Lauralee! Now with the name you can make them sound more fancy?

Hi Pati,

I love your show!! You are amazing. I had a question where can you get the cast iron pan you use to warm your tortillas?

Thank you!!!

Hi Pam, The pan I use to warm the tortillas is a comal. You can find them at most stores that sell cookware. In addition to warming tortillas, it’s great for charring peppers and tomatoes and cooking veggies. Thank you for writing me!!

Thanks for the recipe. The name caught my attention (I am an albañil in Colorado), but when I saw tacos with bacon AND steak? Dios mio! Sounds like heaven! Love your show!

Made this for lunch today.

Can’t wait for the book!

Thank you for trying them, Keith!! Please get the book!

Made dinner for house full of bachelors…Tacos were a big hit!
I loved the tastes and convenience of the meal, thank you.
Please tell me what kind of cheese is sprinkled on top of tacos in the photo.

Yes the cheese, I don’t remember if you mentioned it on the show or not, but since I have to get the tomatoes that I forgot tonight I can get the cheese. All I bought was a Mexican blend shredded cheese.

Hi Pati,

I saw your show for the first time on December 22 and I loved it!! I live in Houston, and Tex Mex is a way of life here. I’m not a good cook, but I’m going to try your taco recipes for family over the Christmas holiday.

P.S. Mo bacon, mo better!

Hola Keith, Thank you so much for saying hello. I’m glad you found the show!! I’m sure your tacos will taste great.

Made this dish tonight and it is fantastic! My husband (who is married to a mexican but doesn’t like mexican food) loved it. Thanks for giving us a simple but tasty treat :-)

With an iron skillet this recipe adapts well to the grill. I gave it a try tonight and did everything over charcoal, and while it took a bit of effort we were very happy with the tacos.

We had these tonight and they were delicious! The lime rubbed chicken is next and I can’t wait!

Hola Pati! My husband and I are looking forward to this being another of your fabulous recipes! I cannot wait for your book to come out as well. I just saw this show the other day and cannot wait to make it for dinner tonight. In fact I wanted a comal for Christmas, but my husband could not find one quite like yours. He got me a long cast iron skillet that you can cook 3 tortillas at once, I will have to experiment. Thank you for introducing me to the world of authentic Mexican food. I do wish your website still had the episodes in video form. I am glad to have the recipe though!! Thank you for sharing!!

Hi Suzanne, I hoping to add videos to the site, again, soon! Please check back!! It sounds like the skillet your husband gave you for Christmas will work great for tortillas!

Hi There ~ My husband was telling me tonight that he watched a great show on the “Create Channel” he couldn’t remember your name expect for Pati the mexican chef, he said you made taco’s today and they looked so good.. I told him I bet I can find her even though you don’t remember her name.. he was happy when i found you =)
i’m going to pick up the ingrdients tomorrow and we will have your beef taco’s tomorrow.. can’t wait to try them they look totally delish !
I even checked your schedule and we will make sure to watch tomorrow as well..
thank you for the great recipe’s !!

Hi Ladeana, Thank you for finding the show!! I hope you and your husband enjoy the tacos. Let me know how they turn out!

After watching the Tacos episode on television, I made the Bricklayers-style. They were fantastic! I enjoyed the show and I really like your website, too. I’m looking forward to making more recipes!

Thank you so much, Debera!! Please let me know if you try more recipes.

My wife and I and our grandson and his wife watched your tacos show tonight after dinner. we dvr it from NET in lincoln, nebraska and are a native american family. we all love mexican food having grown up in Arizona and new Mexico.
I do most of the cooking now since I retired and love it. you make your recipes easy to do and you’re fun to watch. we all love your big accent. when is your cookbook out? we want to get it. and we’ll keep watching.

I am SO HAPPY you like my big accent: I like it too! :) Here is information on how to get my cookbook (scroll down to where the logos for Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc show up and take your pick!) and thank you SO much for getting it.

I made these tacos twices and they were great!!! instead of flour tortillas, we used corn tortillas even better. will make them again soon.

Thank you!!!

They look delicious. I am curious as to the name. I cannot find any background on “bricklayer-style” tacos. Any chance I can get a quick history lesson?

Bricklayer tacos go by Tacos al Albañil in Spanish, you have to watch my Tacos, Tacos, Tacos show ; )

I am going to make this tomorrow, I have been watching your show forever, and this recipe stood out. Going with seed in peppers though.

Karl, Thank you for watching the show! I hope you enjoy the tacos!!

I forgot the tomatoes, will have to make it tomorrow.

Hi Pati,
I enjoy your show very much. I have been making corn tortillas using the instant Maseca corn mix they sell in the market. I find them to be mealy and dry, and they almost always crack after filling the tacos. I’ve tried adding more water and longer kneading but get the same results. Is there something I can add to the mix to make them more pliable and give them a better texture?
Thanks, John

Yes John!
I find that it needs at least 1/2 cup more than the directions call for and one needs to keep the dough moist, covered with a towel as you work making the tortillas. Here’s my basic technique:

Pure genious delish!!!

Thank you!!

Hola Pati.!
My wife and I made the Bricklayer-Style Beef Tacos and the Pineapple salsa. Our kids are very picky about what they eat, so they added the pineapple salsa to the tacos and loved it. Nothing makes me happy than to hear my kids and wife ask for more!
Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes with us.

Yo me siento junto con mi esposa todos los fines de semana y disfrutamos de tu show en la tele.

Muchas bendiciones para ti y tu familia!


Hi Pati! I saw you on The Chew and made your bricklayer tacos. They were the best tacos ever!!! Now I dvr your show, which I love. You are adorable, and your recipes look so do-able! My mother was known in her family growing up as the best tortilla makèr. I never wanted to learn, but you make me want to make her proud! Thank you so much!

Thank you so much for your kind message, Laura! I hope you give those tortillas a try, they are fun to make!

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