Our recipe tour of NFL stadiums continue... this time down to the Georgia Dome!
Atlanta is not only home to the Atlanta Falcons, but also to the HQ of Coca-Cola®. So it only makes sense that our team down in the Peach State concocted a slew of popular food items made with Coca-Cola®. Originally dreamed up for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the fan favorite tacos are now scoring touchdowns with Falcons Fans at Cantina on the club level.
Coca-Cola® Braised Beef Tacos
Marinated braised beef (recipe below)
1 1/4 cup Coca-Cola®
8 flour tortillas, 6 inch diameter
1/4 cup tortilla strips
1/2 cup chipotle aioli (recipe below)
1/2 cup cilantro vinaigrette (recipe below)
8 lime wedges
Green leaf lettuce
After allowing beef to marinate, remove from marinade and dry on towels. Strain vegetables and remaining ingredients from liquid and keep separately. Season meat with salt and pepper, sear until brown on all sides and remove meat from pan. Brown and carmelize discarded marinated vegetables, thyme and bay leaf. Add meat back to the pan, then pour discarded marinade over the meat to create a shallow braise.
Cover the pan with foil and place in the oven at 275-300F and cook for 2-2.5 hours. Remove foil and add Coca-Cola®. Continue cooking, turning meat every 15 minutes for 1 hour. Once cooked, remove meat and strain remaining ingredients.
Warm tortillas, and place braised beef on each tortilla. Drizzle chipotle aioli on top of meat, and top with green lettuce and cilantro vinaigrette. Garnish with crispy tortilla strips and a lime wedge and serve.
Marinated Braised Beef
3 lbs braised beef (will lose weight after cooking)
1/4 cup carrots, diced ino large pieces
1/4 cup oinion, diced ino large pieces
1/8 cup celery, diced ino large pieces
1/4 teaspoon tyhyme
3/4 cup Coca-Cola®
1 bay leaf
Prepare to marinade by combining vegetables, thyme, bay leaf and Coca-Cola® in medium sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Let cool and pour over braised beef. Allow beef to marinate at least 6-8 hours, ideally overnight.
1 bushel cilantro leaves
1/3 teaspoon garlic, chopped
3/4 teaspoon shallots, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/3 teaspoon pepper
1/2 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 teaspoon cumin, ground
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/2 tablespoon honey
Combine chopped garlic, shallots, lemon juice, cumin, rice vinegar, cilantro and honey in a blender. Blend until smooth. Slowly and gradually add oil to emulsify dressing and season with salt and pepper. Store until ready to prepare tacos.
1/4 can chipotle chiles canned in Adobo, 7ounce can
1/2 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Place chipotles into a blender. Squeeze lime juice into chipotle can to rinse out any residual adobo paste and pour into blender. Blend for 2--3 minutes until smooth. Pour mixture into a large bowl, add mayonnaise and whisk until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Store until ready to prepare tacos.