TACO TUESDAY! (on a Thursday)

So I discovered this wonderful thing called Taco Tuesday’s (courtesy of my lovely mother) and decided I had to finally branch out and make these tacos different from the norm. I personally have a hard time preparing meat – just not something I’m particularly experienced in or really want to do. But, I made the sacrifice and faced my fears of preparing steak! I decided to make Taqueria-Style Tacos (Carne Asada). Here’s what you’ll need:

Steak Marinade:
3 pounds flank steak
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced/=
2 limes juiced
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika

Onion relish:
1 white onion chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 lime juiced

Salsa:
2 large tomatoes, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
1 white onion, quartered
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 pinch salt and pepper

Misc:
Corn tortillas
2 Cups cotija cheese (I used goat cheese instead and loved it!)
2 limes, cut in wedges

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First, you need to start on your steak marinade. Combine the vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, limes, olive oil and all of your spices and evenly coat the flank steak. Let sit for at least 1 hour.

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Once your steak is marinading, you want to start on your onion relish and salsa. Cut up your onion, cilantro and lime juice and combine and set aside. Next, for your salsa, cut up your tomatoes, jalapeno, garlic and onions and put on a baking sheet and season with salt. Cook in the oven at like 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. You will see that your veggies will start to brown. Once the veggies are cooked, put everything in a food processor and blend to make a nice chunky salsa.

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Now that you have all of your toppings, it is time to start cooking your steak. Cut into strips and cook on a hot skillet until fully cooked.

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Now, it’s time to start assembling your taco and enjoy! We added a few of our own ingredients that helped elevate the flavors. We added refried black beans and spread on the bottom of the tortilla. We then added a bed of lettuce, topped with your steak strips, then the onion relish, salsa, goat cheese and a little dollop of sour cream. Delicious!

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Overall, it was a little labor intensive, but it was delicious! Well worth the wait. I conquered my fear (sort of) of preparing and cooking meat, and I think it was fairly successful! I enjoyed playing with flavors, especially with the cheese. As always, definitely would have liked a little more heat, so maybe adding some cayenne or chili powder would’ve added a nice heat that would have elevated the taco. Would definitely make again and experiment with different flavors!

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