Tortillas de Manteca

There was a time in Mexico’s northern states when the use of rendered lamb and beef fat to make flour tortillas was as common as the use of pork lard. The fat of one animal is just as good as another, even if the taste may be slightly different. Tortillas made with tallow, manteca de…

Sebo y Manteca de Res – Suet and Tallow

While lard has enjoyed a revival in the last few years in this country (Praise the Lard t-shirt, anyone?), rendered beef fat, or tallow, remains mostly in obscurity. Unless you’re really into grass fed lip and body balms. I blame poor marketing. Suet, or sebo in Spanish, the large fat deposits near the kidneys, is…

How To: Rendering Lard

Living in upstate New York has meant I can no longer be as lazy about satisfying my Mexican food needs as I was when living in Phoenix. There’s no 24-hour drive thru with really great horchata. No one selling tamales in the parking lots of bars and stores in the evening. Good tamales too. No food…