Korean-Style Braised Beef Tacos

Struggle Meals - "Meat: More Bang For Your Buck"

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Quick Spicy Pickles

  • 1 carrot, very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber, very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 packet red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 sugar packets
  • To serve: 12 red cabbage leaves and 2 scallions

Braised Beef

  • 2 pounds chuck roast (boneless shoulder roast)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang
  • 4 honey packets


Quick Spicy Pickles

  1. Add all of the vegetables to a jar with a tight fitting lid.
  2. To a sauce pot, add the water, vinegar, smashed garlic, cilantro, red pepper flakes, salt and sugar. Bring to a simmer to dissolve sugar and salt.
  3. Pour vinegar mixture over the vegetables and let sit on the counter until it comes to room temp. Cover and place in the refrigerator.

Braised Beef

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Heat a large pot over medium high heat. Add oil.
  3. Season the beef with salt and pepper and cook on each side, searing until a brown crust forms, about 5 to 7 minutes per side. Remove and set aside.
  4. To the same pan add the onion, garlic and ginger and saute for about 5 minutes. Stir in beef broth, soy sauce, gochujang and honey. Place meat back in the pan and bring to a boil. Place pot in the oven, cover, and cook for 2 1/2 hours.
  5. When beef is done, remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  6. Use two forks to shred the meat in the braising liquid.
  7. To assemble tacos, place some meat in the center of each cabbage leaf and top with pickled vegetables.
  8. Garnish with scallions.