Monday, April 26, 2010


Real Tacos are so yummy. I love this version of tacos at home. We use fish or shrimp very often - sometimes I just use veggies! An sometimes tofu is okay if you are wanting meatless.

Shopping list:
1 garlic bulb
coarse salt
black pepper
Chile powder (mild)
light brown sugar
little bit of espresso powder (they sell this in tiny bags in the store - already ground espresso coffee)
1 1/2 lb skirt steak
package of 6 inch corn tortillas (about 3 per person)
1 -2 ripe avocado (depends how much you like avocado)
Fresh cilantro
Sharp cheddar cheese
Sour cream
Small head purple cabbage
1 lime per person
some fresh or jarred salsa - medium - red and green
aluminum foil

Start to finish - this whole recipe takes an  hour
Take your steak out of the fridge at least 30 minutes prior to cooking
Steak will take 30 minutes to marinate:
1. Marinate your steak
Mush your garlic:
take two cloves and mush them with the flat side of a good chefs knife. Get rid of the peel.
sprinkle with 2 tablespoons salt and mush again with your knife - mush again and again - then scrape off into a bowl.
Put this in the bowl with garlic:
2 tablespoons mild chile powder
2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
2 teaspoons smoked or sweet paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder or very finely ground coffee beans

Rub mixture all over skirt steak, and place in a large freezer bag to marinate for 30 minutes. seal the bag tight and beat it on the counter a few times. Leave out on the counter - do not place in the fridge. if you are not cooking straight away you can put in the fridge - however - you will need to take it out 25 minutes prior to cooking to bring to room temperature to get a true medium rare when cooking.

2. Chop up those veggies! (set your oven on 350)
thinly slice radishes (about 1 cup)
thinly slice cabbage (about 1 cup)
cut up the avocado - if you don't know how to do this go here:
chop about 1/2 cup Fresh cilantro
grate about 1 cup Sharp cheddar cheese
put about 1/2 cup Sour cream in a little bowl
wash and quarter your limes
some fresh or jarred salsa - medium - red and green
place all of these back in the fridge until you are ready to serve

3. Put those tortillas in the oven (should be 350 by now)
Wrap tortillas aluminum foil; while grilling steak, bake tortillas until warmed through, 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Cook your steak
Get out a plate large enough to hold your steak
Get some foil large enough to cover your steak
set aside
Heat your grill (high) or a large pan (high) - large enough to put the whole steak (I use my griddle)
put a little olive oil on pan - grill should be okay if it is clean
Take out your steak and cook 3 minutes each side
Put on plate
cover with foil for 5 minutes

4. Set it up
Take out the veggies, cheese and salsa - put on table
Take out the tortillas - put on table (with something underneath to take the heat)
Slice the steak VERY thinly on a cutting board
Transfer to a plate - put on table (with something underneath to take the heat)
Everybody should only need the tortillas to eat but I use forks because we spill quite a bit out!


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