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Kitchen Dictionary: tasso

Pronounced: TAH-so

A lean chunk of pork (often shoulder) or beef that is heavily seasoned with Cajun spices then smoked for 2 days, resulting in a firm, smoky meat used for seasoning. Tasso is often used in Cajun dishes, such as jambalaya, soups, pastas and seafood.

Ethnicity: Cajun Ingredient

Season: available year-round

How to select: Tasso is readily available in Louisiana and may be ordered online if you cannot find it in your local grocery store. You can also make your own Tasso by using a pork butt and spices such as: cayenne pepper, salt, white pepper, paprika, salt, cinnamon and garlic. To make your own you would need a smoker.

How to store: Tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for a week.

How to prepare: Often finely chopped and used as a seasoning like ham, prosciutto, pancetta or salt pork to flavor beans, eggs and pasta.

Substitutions: Canadian bacon or smoked ham

More Tasso Recipes
Popular Tasso Recipes
Copycat Shrimp and Tasso Pasta
Chicken and Tasso Jambalaya
Chipotle Chicken With Tasso Cream Sauce

Nutrition Facts

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Calories 0
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Total Fat 0.0g %
Saturated Fat 0.0g %
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg %
Sodium 0mg %
Potassium 0mg %
Total Carbohydrate 0.0g %
Dietary Fiber 0.0g %
Sugars 0.0g
Protein 0.0g %

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