Bricklayer-Style Beef Tacos

Bricklayer-Style Beef Tacos

Tacos al albañil
6 to 8 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: bacon, beef, corn tortillas, flour tortillas, jalapeno, onion, pati's mexican table, peppers, tacos, Tomatoes
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Bricklayer-Style Beef Tacos recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 2, Episode 12 “Tacos, Tacos, Tacos”


  • 8 ounces bacon, sliced
  • 2 pounds beef sirloin or tenderloin, cut into 1″ pieces
  • To taste kosher or sea salt
  • To taste freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups white onion, slivered or sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno chile, sliced, seeding optional, or to taste
  • 1 pound ripe Roma tomatoes
  • Flour or corn tortillas

To Prepare

  • Place tomatoes in a baking dish and under the broiler for 6 to 9 minutes, until charred, mushy and juices have begun to run. Once cool, roughly chop, but don’t discard the juices.
  • Heat the skillet, add the bacon and cook until it is crisp and browned, about 5 minutes. Add the meat and season with salt and pepper and sear for about 2 minutes per side.
  • Add in the onion and jalapeño and let them soften for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and before it browns, in less than a minute, add the chopped tomatoes. Stir here and there and let it all season for about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • In a skillet or comal, set over medium-low heat, heat the tortillas. It will take about 1 minute per side. Place the tortillas in a tortilla warmer or wrap them in a clean kitchen towel or cloth napkin.
  • Serve along with the tenderloin tips; guests can fill the tortillas with the amount of filling they desire.

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  1. My whole family including my 5 and 2 year old loved these tacos. Very easy, quick and tasty.
    Thanks Pati for yet another recipe to add to my repertoire. This one is super simple and made my 2 year old’s birthday special and mama wasn’t tired at all.

  2. i used chuck steak and let it braise for awhile until tender and it’s just as delicious as the tenderloin which I have also used. just less expensive is all 🙂

      1. i have come to realize this dish is also better the next day warmed up it’s my favorite taco to make, am making it for a family hangout this Saturday. you know what is my wife’s favorite? I use the meat to make a taco but inside I add mozzarella cheese and a little salsa verde and I crisp it up she just loves it.

  3. I made these after watching your show. They were so delicous that even my son-in-law, who is from Cajun country, liked them very much. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. My husband and I are making this today. We can’t wait to try it. It looks so good. Thank you for all your recipes. I have been watching your marathon on pbs yesterday and again today. I love all of your shows.

    1. Make sure you cut the meat into small 1″ cubes, and sear each side…and it will all be cooked. But you can always cook for longer if you like.

  5. I use this recipe now as my base recipe even for other dishes. I made lamb kofta balls the other and they were amazing. Great recipe.