Thursday, June 17, 2010

Carne Asada Tacos

for Amy
picture from here

We fell in love with these while in Mexico last December and came home and found this recipe.
I have found that this recipe will feed 5 (including 1 adult male and two late teen/early twenty boys) as long as I serve it with rice and beans on the side. If you only serve the tacos you may run out of meat.

Combine marinade ingredients in large ziploc bag:
2 TBS white vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 cloves garlic minced
1 lime juiced
2 TBS oil
1/2 tsp salt (only needed if you use low sodium soy sauce)
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin

Prepare the 1.5 - 2 lbs flank steak

If you have a few hours to marinade the meat, prick it with a fork, place it in the marinade and refrigerate for 3-4 hours and up to 24. When it is done marinading cut it first in two or three long pieces with the grain and then slice it in thin slices perpendicular to the grain. You can stack the long pieces on top of one another to speed up the slicing.

If you are in a hurry slice the meat according to the directions above and add it to the marinade. Let marinade at room temp. for about an hour.

Add the meat to the marinade for the time given above.

While it marinades prepare the condiments:
1/2 sweet (yellow) onion chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
salsa or pico de gallo
chopped avacados or guacamole
grated cheese (Mexican or cotija cheese is recommended)
1 or 2 limes sliced in wedges

Cook 1 16 oz pkg of corn tortillas. I like to spray each side pam and cook each side in a fry pan.

Cook the meat (choose one of the three options):
a)Pan fry the meat with some oil to desired doneness.
b) BBQ it over high heat allowing the middle to remain slightly pink. If you grill it allow it to sit for 10 min. or so to set juices.
c) Cook it in batches on a George Foreman grill. I do this next to the edge of the sink as the juices overflow the little trough.

To make your taco, put a small amount of meat on a corn tortilla, add onion and cilantro and other condiments and squeeze a little lime on top. Thoroughly enjoy each bite.