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Carne Asada Tacos

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Tacos Tacos Tacos!  These tacos turned out mighty fine.  I’ve never made a carne asada before, and figured it was about time I should try!

The beef should marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge to get the tasty flavors infused into the meat (Four hours would probably be best).  Combine all of the marinade in a gallon freezer bag or a large tupperware container. Cut the beef into small dice-sized chunks and add to the marinade, mixing well.

Artsy Side View

When it’s about dinner time, start chopping the lettuce, tomatoes, shredding the cheese and heating the tortillas.  Add a small amount of oil to a large cast iron skillet. Spoon beef into skillet, reserving as much marinade as possible (the stuff will smoke in the pan and has icky beef juices). Cook the beef for 7-10 minutes, or until starting to blacken.  If there is too much marinade in pan, the beef will boil and wont actually turn that glorious blackened color you see on a piping hot plate of fajitas at your local casual dining restaurant chain. Assemble & devour tacos ASAP before roommates/siblings/spouses inquire why it smells so awesomely delicious in the kitchen.

I used Lemon Juice instead of the traditional Lime Juice and I didn’t notice any substantial difference.  Executive Sous Chef muses that the tacos need some guacamole or sautéed onion to mix up the flavors and consistency. I agree, guac or even just sliced avacados would be an excellent addition to the tacos.

We have a bottle of spiced rum that we’re not really sure what to do with, so we made up a drink:  1 shot Spiced rum, 1/3rd OJ, 1/3rd Cranberry Juice, slather some mystery popsicle over ice. It was quite delicious… I had to find out that rum and OJ doesn’t go well together, luckily Sous Chef was there to save the day with her critical thinking skills!


Ingredients:
1.5lbs Marinated Beef (skirt or flank steak)
15-20 White Corn Tortillas (teeny-tiny ones)
1 cup grated cheese (mozzarella & cheddar)
1 cup chopped head lettuce
2 Roma tomatoes, diced pico style
1/2 can Refried Black Beans

Marinade:
4 Garlic Cloves, diced
1/2 cup Olive Oil
Handful of Cilantro, diced
1/3 cup Fresh Basil, diced
2 tbsp White Vinegar
~1/2 cup Lime or Lemon juice
1 tsp sugar

Makes ~ 8-10 4″ tacos. Total Cost: ~3$/plate (The beef was on ridiculous super sale). Healthy? Not really, lots of cheese & oil and not too many healthy veggies, but add a good side salad or something and that should be good enough.

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Written by Brent

March 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm

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