I was born and raised in Kansas and learned to cook alongside my mother. Now, along with my wonderful husband, I have taken the plunge into the city life in New York. These are my food adventures: in my own tiny kitchen, and in the many restaurants of the city.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Taqueria Style Tacos, Taco Seasoning and Guacamole

I was craving tacos last week in a major way, but I really wanted to try something a little new as well. I came across a recipe on allrecipes that got rave reviews and decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did because it was delicious. I will be making these again and again. The marinade is perfect for these tacos, but would be great for just grilling the steaks as well.
Alongside of the steak tacos I also served regular ground beef tacos with a simple seasoning mix, some guacamole, and the fresh corn pancakes.

Taqueria Style Tacos

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 ground white pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika

1 white onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 lime, juiced

2 large tomatoes, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
1 white onion, quartered
4 cloves garlic, peeled
4 dried New Mexico chile pods
1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

1 (32 ounce) package corn tortillas
2 cups grated cotija cheese (optional)
2 limes, cut into wedges

Lay the flank steak in a large glass baking dish. In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, soy sauce, 4 cloves of garlic, juice of two limes, and olive oil. Season with salt, black pepper, white pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, oregano, cumin and paprika. Whisk until well blended, then pour over the steak in the dish. Turn over once to coat both sides. Cover with plastic wrap, and marinate for 1 to 8 hours.
In a small bowl, stir together 1 chopped white onion, cilantro, and the juice of 1 lime. Set aside to use as a relish for the tacos.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Toast chile pods in the skillet for a few minutes, then remove to a bowl of water to soak for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
Place the tomatoes, 1 onion, jalapenos, and 4 cloves of garlic onto a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes, until toasted but not burnt. Place the roasted vegetables, and soaked chile pods into a blender or food processor, along with salt and pepper. Puree until smooth.
Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cut the marinated flank steak into cubes or strips. Cook, stirring constantly, until the meat is cooked through and most of the liquid has evaporated.
Warm the tortillas in a skillet for about a minute on each side to make them pliable. Tortillas may also be warmed in a microwave oven. Arrange two or three tortillas on a plate, and lay a generous amount of beef over them. Top with a sprinkle of the onion relish and a large spoonful of the pureed salsa. Add as much cheese as you like. Garnish with lime wedges, and serve.

Taco Seasoning
1 TB chili powder
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. onion salt
1/4 t. red pepper flakes
1/4 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. paprika
2 t. ground cumin
1 t. salt
1 t. black pepper
1/4 t. celery salt
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
Mix together and use as seasoning for ground beef for tacos.

3 avocados, peeled and and chopped
1 tomato, diced
1/2 jalepino, finely diced
1 t. salt
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 TB cilantro, chopped
1 TB hot sauce
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1/2 t. pepper
2 t. garlic powder
Mix all ingredints together. For a non-chunky guac (as my husband enjoys it), place into a food processor and pulse until it reaches the consistency you desire.


Emiline said...

I love tacos...any style. Really. I crave them. Have to have them about once a week.

These sound great!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Sarah, I have never tried Mexican food, can you believe it? Your tacos look delish!

jbw1203 said...

Yum, I love tacos...These sound and good delish!

jbw1203 said...

That should say Look :)

Cakespy said...

Whoooa! This is the REAL deal, dudette! Awesome!

Nemmie said...

Oh my gosh - YUM! Love the pics, and I am so craving tacos now.

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