Machaca is a flavorful combination of shredded beef, eggs, onions, tomatoes and peppers. In Mexico, machaca is made from sun-dried meat. The cattlemen of the north made meat easy to carry on the trail by drying it. Tastier than beef jerky, the meat was first marinated, then cooked, shredded and dried. It can be served in tacos, burritos and in scrambled eggs.
I realize that for many traditionalists, fooling around with an old standard comes close to sacrilege. However, in my opinion, gefilte fish desperately needs help. In its usual form, it is at best, an acquired taste. This southwestern version receives fabulous reviews every time. Even people who dislike gefilte fish like this recipe. This is another example of how a somewhat boring Jewish recipe can be brightened up a lot with the fusion of ingredients from other communities.