Mexican-Style Roasted Leg of Goat in Sauce

Chef Isaac Delamatre (photo: Dennie Eagleson)


  • One bone in leg of goat approx. 5 pounds
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped bacon (or salt pork if you’re feelin’ crazy)
  • 5 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 4 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. ground coriander
  • 4 bay leaves crumbled
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil


  • Oven
  • Stove top
  • Large roasting pan with a lid or aluminum foil
  • Blender or food processor
  • Instant-read thermometer
  • Measuring spoon/cups
  • Sharp knife and cutting board
  • Tongs
  • Spoons
  • Towels/hot pads


  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. Place the onion, celery and carrot (and pork if you’re using it) into the bottom of a large roasting pan.
  3. Place the goat leg into the large roasting pan. Make sure there is enough room in the pan so that the leg is not crowded and smashed into the pan.
  4. Mix together the garlic and all of the spices, set aside.
  5. Mix together the olive oil and the lemon juice, set aside.
  6. Mix together tomatoes, chicken stock and red wine vinegar, set aside.
  7. Rub the olive oil/lemon juice into the meat, then coat liberally with the spice mixture. Pour the tomato mixture on and around the meat.
  8. Cover the pan and roast in the oven for 4 ½ hours at 300F or until the meat is very tender, falling off the bone and has reached an internal temperature of 165F.
  9. When the goat leg is done, pull it out of the oven and tear the meat from the bone (chop the meat or pull it). Set the pulled meat to the side, discard the bones.
  10. Place the roasting pan on the stove and heat the liquid to a simmer and reduce (cook down) the liquid until it looks thick. Put this whole mess into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
  11. Pour this sauce over the meat, mix well. Serve as a main part in your favorite taco recipe or over rice.