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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!

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

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.


Written by Brent

March 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm

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