November 9, 2012 8:00 AM
Bricklayer-Style Beef Tacos
POSTED IN: TV Show Recipes , Pati's Mexican Table
TAGS: beef , EP212 , Jinich , Mexico , Pati , PBS , recipe , show , tacos
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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.

Lauralee Hensley | November 16, 2012 11:10 PM

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

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Lauralee Hensley | November 21, 2012 4:50 PM

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!!!

Pam | December 9, 2012 9:59 PM

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!!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Pam | December 11, 2012 6:29 PM

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!

Rocky | December 11, 2012 11:42 PM

Made this for lunch today.

Can't wait for the book!

Keith D, | December 14, 2012 2:26 PM

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.

Jeannette | December 19, 2012 2:04 AM

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

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Keith D, | December 19, 2012 5:34 PM

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!

Keith S | December 23, 2012 6:32 PM

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 :-)

Becky W. | December 26, 2012 6:33 PM

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

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Keith S | December 28, 2012 6:18 PM

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.

Brad O. | December 30, 2012 8:36 PM

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

Gabrielle | January 3, 2013 8:29 PM

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!!

suzanne g. | January 5, 2013 7:58 PM