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Loteria grill beef question

I've been to loteria a few times when I'm in the neighborhood, and each time I've gotten the shredded beef, which I think is very flavorful. It also has a certain something in it that I just can't quite put my finger on, but which makes the burrito rather addicting. My question is to all chowhounds is, does anyone have an idea about what that secret ingredient is in Loteria's shredded beef is that gives it it's unique flavor...or am i just off my rocker? thanks.

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  1. I agree that there's a certain something and I wish that I could help you out with it, but I'm in the dark as well. If I had to try and place it, I'd say it has a certain stewed/pot roast quality (in a good way) to it. I'm a sucker for the shredded beef tacos.

    1. If we are referring to the same thing... an almost musky, earthy richness about the meat... I am almost certain we are tasting a little bit of rendered lard (the pork fat that is leftover from making chicharrones).

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      1. re: Eat_Nopal

        Sadly Loteria doesn't use Lard... or so they shout to to the top of their lungs to the folks at the Farmer's market...

        --Dommy!

        1. re: Dommy

          That is true they do claim not to use lard... I am not sure what else it would be.

      2. Nopal, I def. agree with you about the musky earthy richness. But I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS!!! ahhh one day I'll get to the bottom of this. Has anyone experienced this flavor sensation anywhere else?

          1. re: Ernie

            I would second that guess, if what you're describing is a machaca(shredded beef)burrito, then cumin is possibly one of the staple spices added to the dish to give it a distinct flavor when stewing.

          2. c'mon now son, i hope i know what cumin tastes like :)