I'm not sure if any of you have eaten at Don Pablo's restaurants or not, but if you have and have ever had their Tacos, or especially their beef taquitos, I just find the meat to be really good in smoky flavor.....I'd like to replicate this at home, but i'm not sure how. Now the tacos have ground beef in them, and I'm not sure what's in the taquitos....it kind of looks like finely shredded meat, but has a definite smokey flavor to it.
Now we have a pretty good little Mexican restaurant down the street as well that's not a chain, and I've always noticed that their taco meat just has a nice hint of smokiness to it.....it's almost grayish in appearance, and tastes and looks like nothing you would make using those McCormack seasoning packets.
So what's the method/technique to replicating this kind of smokey ground taco meat, and smokey shredded taquito meat? Certainly I don't think Don Pablos takes the time to use a smoker for their meat....is there some type of dry seasoning that replicates this smokey flavor or something? It's just always been one of my cooking curiosities I'd like to figure out. Thanks!