Tasso (pronounced "tah-so") is a spicy-hot Cajun cured pork. Although it's often referred to as "tasso ham," the use of the word "ham" is technically incorrect, since tasso is made from the shoulder of the pig, not the hind leg.
The pork is salt-cured, then seasoned with cayenne pepper, garlic, filé powder, and other herbs and spices, and hot-smoked for a couple of days. The meat is usually chopped and added to beans, eggs, pastas, collard greens, and Cajun or Creole specialties like jambalaya to add depth of flavor.
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