Braised Lamb Shank Taquitos - Superior Farms

Braised Lamb Shank Taquitos


June 15, 2022

Provided by Rustic. Joyful. Food. (, courtesy of the American Lamb Board (Braised Lamb Shank Taquitos | American Lamb)

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs


Lamb Filling

1 tbsp Olive oil

3 American lamb shanks

1 White onion, sliced

3 Cloves fresh garlic

5-6 Dried New Mexico chili pods

2 tbsp Kosher salt

2-3 cups Water


16 Corn tortillas

2 cups Neutral oil

4 cups Shredded braised American lamb shank

Creamy Jalapeno & Cilantro Sauce

1 1/2 cups Sour cream

2-3 tbsp Olive oil

1/8 White onion

2 Green onions

1 Jalapeno

1 Juice of lime

Salt & pepper to taste


1Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

2Heat a 5-quart enamel coated or heavy bottom baking dish with a lid over medium heat. Add the olive oil. Brown the shanks on all sides, add the onions, garlic, paprika, and dried chilies. Add the water. Place the lid on and braise in the oven 3-4 hours. Check the liquid levels every hour to make sure it hasn’t evaporated. Add more if needed.

3Remove the shanks and allow to cool slightly. Remove the meat and any cartilage from the bones. Note: USDA recommends lamb be cooked to an internal temperature of 145F with a 3 minute rest.

To make the taquitos

1Heat the oil in a skillet to roughly 300 degrees. Cook each tortilla 10-15 seconds to soften. Remove and place onto a paper towel lined plate to soak up excess oil.

2Lay the cooked tortillas on a board and gently fill with 2 tablespoons of shredded lamb shank. Roll tightly away from yourself. Repeat this process until you’ve filled all tortillas.

3Gently place the rolled taquitos seam side down in the oil and fry in batches of 5 or 6 roughly 5-7 minutes total. Rotate the taquitos often to brown evenly.

4Remove taquitos and set on a paper towel lined plate to drain excess grease.

5To make the creamy jalapeño & cilantro sauce Place all ingredients into a food processor and whirl until smooth. Keeps up to 4 days in the fridge.