Carne Asada Tacos

Ok, I need to start this post with a disclaimer: The following photos are ones that I am not particularly proud of.  They drive home the point : Do not drink and take food photos 😉  But the tacos were soooo good I just had to share. Plus, it’s Fiesta Friday and what better to bring to a Fiesta than tacos?!  So, here you go. Don’t judge me. I blame the Coronas… Carne Asada Tacos

With homemade corn tortillas made, plenty of homemade chips and guacamole consumed, plus a birthday girl with a hankering for carne asada tacos, we topped our party off with these lovely little tacos of deliciousness.  And for real, these steaks are some of the best we’ve ever made.  And I’m not even saying that because I may have had a few beers by the time we ate, my taco fiend husband is still raving about these tacos.

Carne Asada TacosThe key, the steak marinade, a mojo.  Which itself is pretty easy: garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, orange juice, white vinegar, and olive oil.
Carne Asada TacosBut then if you’re going to do these tacos right, do yourself a favor and get some high quality meat, too.  Like these beautiful top sirloin steaks from the hands down best butcher in Portland, Gartner’s.  There is a very real reason why that shop is always packed.  And these beauties is just a part of it.Carne Asada Tacos About 5 hours before we wanted to eat, I began the mojo. Typically a mojo would be more like a paste.  But when you’re multi-tasking in someone else’s kitchen, you may misread the recipe you have and end up chopping instead of pestling….Carne Asada TacosOops.  By the time I realized it I had already mixed in the lime juice, orange juice, vinegar, and olive oil.Carne Asada TacosSo I just went with it.Carne Asada TacosWhen we were ready to eat the men followed my grill master husband out to the grill and they did their man thing out there while these babies cooked to a beautiful medium rare / medium. No one was the wiser to my unpasted mojo.Carne Asada Tacos‘Cause whoa.  After a rest and a slice and stolen pieces of steak from everyone, trust me, no one was complaining.Carne Asada TacosThis killer steak, homemade corn tortillas, a homemade pico de gallo, homemade guacamole, a little sour cream, some shredded jack cheese, and oooh yum.  Good friends +these tacos + beers = the perfect sunny Saturday birthday party!!  Definitely on our to-make often list, especially with the tortilla press!

Carne Asada Tacos
Perfectly marinated steaks for these classic Mexican Tacos
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  1. 2 pounds flank or skirt steak, trimmed of excess fat
  2. 1 recipe Mojo, recipe follows
  3. Olive oil, for coating the grill
  4. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  5. 16 (7-inch) corn tortillas
  6. Shredded Jack cheese, for serving
  7. Pico de Gallo for serving
  8. Guacamole for serving
For Mojo
  1. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  2. 1 jalapeno, minced
  3. 1 large handful fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  4. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  5. 2 limes, juiced
  6. 1 orange, juiced
  7. 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  8. 1/2 cup olive oil
  1. Chop the garlic, jalapeno, and cilantro. Mix in a large bowl and add salt and pepper and mix. Add the lime juice, orange juice, vinegar, and oil. Mix well to combine and pour over steaks in a baking dish. Marinate for at least an hour but no longer than 8.
  2. Heat outdoor grill and brush the grates with a little oil to prevent the meat from sticking. Pull the steak out of the mojo marinade and grill the steak for 7 to 10 minutes per side, turning once, until medium-rare / medium. Remove the steak to a cutting board and let it rest for 5 minutes to allow the juices to settle. Thinly slice the steak across the grain on a diagonal.
  3. Warm the tortillas for 30 seconds on each side in a dry skillet or on the grill, until toasty and pliable.
  4. To make the tacos, spoon a little bit of sour cream along the bottom of tortilla, lay about 4 ounces of sliced beef, top beef with a spoonful of the pico de gallo salsa, add shredded cheese, and guacamole. Top with tapatio if desired.
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