Tacos de discada are very popular and are often made for large parties and family gatherings. The name derives from the pan used to prepare the meat, a disco, or disk, made specifically for cooking discada. At parties, the disk is set somewhere outside and guests can stand around and watch as the pork, beef, and chorizo sizzle to perfection. Though a disk can be purchased at many Latin American grocery stores, these tacos can also be prepared stovetop in any large pan. It’s a great recipe to feed a large crowd so grab those cold beers and call it a party!
Makes approx. 14-16 tacos
1 lb. pork, fat removed, cut into small cubes
1 lb. beef, such as stew meat, cut into small cubes
½ lb. ground chorizo
6 sliced hot dogs (wieners)
1 cup smoked bacon, cut into small pieces
2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1 small white onion, chopped
½ cup fresh, cilantro, roughly chopped
Salsa of your choice
Salt and pepper to taste
Caution: Wait until the meats are incorporated and cooked to taste it and then season it accordingly. The bacon and chorizo might be salty already; sometimes it calls for salt, others times, it doesn’t.
Note: The onions in the discada pictured below look huge. I chop them this way to make it easier for my husband to pick them out but you can chop them smaller.
– Heat disk or large pan. Add chorizo and cook for 5 minutes.
– Add bacon and continue to cook for 10 more minutes.
– With your spoon or spatula, move the chorizo and bacon to the edge of the pan and add the cubed pork to the center of the pan. Cook for 10-12 minutes.
– Move the cooked pork to the edge of the pan along with the bacon and chorizo.
– At the center of the pan, add the cubed beef. Cook for 5-8 minutes.
– Now mix everything together: the cubed pork and beef, chorizo, and bacon.
– Add wieners, tomato, bell pepper, and onion.
– Continue to cook on medium-high heat for 20-30 minutes or until all the meat is cooked and the onions and bell peppers are tender.
– Turn heat off and fold in cilantro.
– Taste and season with salt and pepper according to your taste
Serve with warm corn tortillas and your choice of salsa.