Lamb Tomatillo Tacos

Lamb Tomatillo Tacos

You might be surprised but lamb is a relatively new ingredient to my kitchen.  I never enjoyed it because my family simply never prepared it.  The first time I ever ate lamb was several years back.  And what I remember about it is that it was a plate of perfectly grilled succulent chops.  It was outstanding.  After that, I was completely hooked on lamb.

Whenever I purchase lamb at the store I always buy the local organic lamb.  It’s not exactly cheap and not all grocery stores carry it. However, I make it a point to support our local farmers and ranchers.  Not to mention, I truly believe that organic ingredients taste so much better!  I have found that buying the lamb stew meat is one of the least expensive ways to go if I want to add lamb to our plates.  Little lamb chops run over well over ten dollars a pound and the stew meat is about half that.  So, for everyday occasions, I generally buy the stew meat.

Lamb tomatillo tacos are simple to make and taste wonderful.  I like to cook the lamb until it is fork tender and then add it to warm tortillas topped with shredded purple cabbage, sliced jalapenos and a squeeze of lime.  Sometimes I serve it with a bit of sour cream or salsa on the side.  Enjoy!  Tessa


  • 1 pound lamb stew meat
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 6 tomatillos (husked, washed and quartered)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 taco sized tortillas
  • 2 – 3 cups shredded purple cabbage
  • garnish with limes, jalapenos, salsa or sour cream

In a medium sized pot with a lid brown the lamb meat in canola oil until golden.  Add tomatillo and onion.  Cook until onion is opaque.  Add cumin, bouillon cube, water, salt and pepper.  Cook covered on low until lamb is tender.  Taste and correct your seasonings.  Add additional water if necessary.  Using a slotted spoon add lamb to warm tortillas.  Fill with the shredded purple cabbage and garnish.  Makes 6 tacos.

14 thoughts on “Lamb Tomatillo Tacos

  1. Nancy/SpicieFoodie

    I also began loving lamb as an adult. It is such a delicious meat that doesn’t get enough attention in the US. Your tacos look fantastic. Love the ingredients you paired it with.

    1. Tessa

      Hi Nancy! Thank you! I really like the tomatillos in the dish. I need to utilize that ingredient more.

  2. beti

    I have really enjoyed your last posts, they are all so fresh, simple and really delicious looking. Making tacos can be really easy but I love the combination of lamb and tomatillos they look like a gourmet taco

    1. Tessa

      Thank you Beti! I love making tacos for my family. They are so easy, versatile and I never have any leftovers!

  3. Thyme (Sarah)

    Me too. Never had lamb growing up. First time I ate lamb was on a holiday. It was grilled with rosemary and olive oil. I absolutely loved the scent of it and the taste as well. Now, it is a regular on the Easter table at our house.

  4. BR

    owh my goodness. This looks crazily good.!!!
    I’m a big big fan of lamb too. Your picture makes me wanna have one too, right now :)

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