Brussels Sprouts in Escabeche Tacos with Bacon



  • 5tablespoons olive oil (divided use)
  • 2medium white onions, sliced 1/8-inch thick
  • 5large garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 4 jalapeño chiles, stemmed, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/4cups chicken broth
  • 1/4cup cider vinegar
  • 2large sprigs fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried), plus a few sprigs for garnish
  • 12-inchpiece of cinnamon stick, preferably Mexican canela
  • 1/2teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3whole cloves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2pound Brussels Sprouts, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped, cooked bacon
  • Salt, about 1 teaspoon
  • 12 warm corn tortillas


Making the escabeche. Heat 4 tablespoons of the oil in a large (10- to 12-inch), deep skillet over medium-high. Add the onions, garlic and jalapeños; fry stirring often, until onions are crisp-tender but not brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the broth, vinegar, thyme, cinnamon stick, pepper, bay leaves and cloves. Simmer, covered, over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, and season with the remaining salt, usually about 3/4 teaspoon.

Finishing the dish. In a large (10-inch) skillet set over medium high, add oil and Brussels sprouts and cook for 5-6 minutes until sprouts are browned on at least one side. Add Brussels sprouts to escabeche mixture, stir to combine and scoop into warm tortillas. Top with cooked bacon and queso añejo.


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