Braised Brisket Tacos with Matzo Tortillas

Chef Julian Medina of NYC’s Toloache serves a special menu at Passover that includes his tender, delicious matzo tortillas. He fills the tortillas with luscious braised brisket, flavored with smoky chipotle and tomato.

Braised Brisked with Matzo
Photo: © Abby Hocking
Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs



  • 2 pounds lean brisket

  • Kosher salt

  • Cracked black pepper

  • 1/4 cup canola oil

  • 1 cup diced Spanish onion

  • 1 cup diced carrots

  • 1 cup diced celery

  • 5 garlic cloves

  • 2 cups canned tomato puree

  • 2 tablespoons chipotle puree 

  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano

  • 1 bay leaf


  • 2 cups fine matzo meal

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 cup warm water

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

To serve

  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 Hass avocado, peeled and thinly sliced


Make the brisket

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Season with brisket with salt and cracked black pepper. Heat the canola oil in a large enameled cast-iron casserole. Add the brisket and cook over moderately high heat until browned all over. Transfer the brisket to a plate.

  2. To the casserole, add the onion, carrots, celery and garlic and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato puree, chipotle, thyme, cumin, oregano and bay leaf and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Add the brisket to the casserole along with enough water to cover it. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer. Cover the casserole with foil and transfer to the oven. Braise for 2 to 3 hours, until the meat is tender. Remove the casserole from the oven and let the brisket cool completely in the braising liquid.

  4. Remove the brisket from the liquid and thinly slice it. Discard the bar leaf and thyme sprigs from the liquid and discard. Pout the braising liquid into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add the sauce back to the casserole and bring to a simmer. Return the meat to the pot to rewarm it. Season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, make the tortillas

  1. In a medium bowl, using your hands, mix the matzo meal and salt with the water and olive oil until a soft dough forms. Form the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Lay each ball between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and roll or press until a tortilla forms.

  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over moderate heat. Cook the tortillas on each side until golden and cooked through. Serve the tortillas with the braised brisket, topped with red onion and avocado.

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