I received this recipe also from my first husband’s mother. I have no idea where it originated and haven’t been able to find anything remotely similar. This is one of those meals that we reserve for a special occasion or special request. It’s a bit involved, but so worth it. The flavor is wonderful and unique, and not too hot spicy. And it’s a fun eat with your hands type of meal.

You will need:

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper

16 garlic cloves

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. powdered mustard

3/4 tsp. ground turmeric

1-1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 of a lemon (pulp and juice)

1-1/2 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt

3 Tbsp. poppy seed

1/2 C. vinegar

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2 whole cloves

4 bay leaves

1 large yellow onion sliced

1 large round steak 1-1/2 to 2 lbs.

2 cans diced tomatoes

1 fresh tomato diced

1 small onion diced

1/2 lb. bacon cooked and crumbled

4 Tbsp. oil

3-4 C. cooked rice

flour tortillas or pita bread

For the marinade:

Combine the first eleven ingredients (down to the divider line) in a blender or food processor and pour over cubed round steak. We’re going to let this marinate 8 to 24 hours. currypot

Cooking the meal:

Heat oil in the bottom of an electric skillet or on the stove over medium heat. Add the bay leaves and cloves and allow them to cook until the bay leaves have browned, then remove the bay leaves and cloves from the oil and discard. Lay your sliced onion rings in the oil and allow to cook until transparent. Add your marinated steak and simmer until tender. Add two cans of diced tomatoes including the juice and let cook down until thickened (approx. 1 hr.). (This is according to the recipe. I make this in an electric skillet and simmer for 4 or 5 hours.)

The tortillas:

Remove tortillas from the bag and butter both sides of each one restacking them and wrapping in aluminum foil. Heat the whole thing in the oven at 250 degrees until the tortillas are warmed through.

To assemble:

Put meat and tomatoes over rice and top with diced fresh tomatoes, chopped onion, and crumbled bacon. Tear pieces of tortilla and fill with meat and rice.

This has been a family favorite forever, and I promise it will be one of yours too! It is definitely a labor of love and the whole family will usually get involved pulling this meal together.


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