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Feb 11, 2011 01:34 PM

Beef heart - anything special I should do for making tacos?

I bought a package of sliced beef heart (kinda scallopini-ish slices) at the Latino market. The guy was saying he just likes to quickly grill them and make tacos. Sounds good to me. I've had anticuchos, a Peruvian prep with chunks of heart, and I had something not long ago where very thin slices were put on skewers and grilled. It's been years since I made anticuchos myself. Should I cook really quickly? I'm figuring that since it's such a tough muscle. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. Been a while since I cooked hearts larger than chicken and turkey, but I remember that it's either quick and bloody/rare, or long braise. Anything in between was tire-like.

    1. A acidic marinade is a good start if you decide to grill quickly. It helps to break down the fiber a bit.
      I usually use crushed garlic salt and lime juice. You could also use any number of adobos.

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      1. re: chefj

        I've got a flavoring marinade going now. Lemon juice and tequila, s&p, chili powder and a little oil (I like it for quick browning).

        1. re: c oliver

          Sounds good. i sometimes dissolve a scant bit of sugar in the citrus or vinegar for the same charring effect.
          There are also all those Yucatan style recados that really add a lot to the Mexican style grilled meats.

          1. re: chefj

            Isn't it funny that I'd never thought about adding sugar. Next time for sure.

            We had great tacos and I would defy anyone to not like them. Actually I doubt most people would know they weren't eating steak.

            1. re: c oliver

              So did you grill them over high heat? Like Anticuchos

              1. re: chefj

                We did them on the grill but I think the next batch I'll do in the CI skillet. They cook so quickly I hate wasting all the gas to get the grill hot.

              2. re: c oliver

                oh yeah, the sugar thing I got from Vietnamese technique.