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Marinated Steak Tacos

Carne Asada (Grilled Steak) is most commonly a marinated and grilled flank or skirt steak which can be used in a wide variety of ways. Of course, you can eat it alone. However, slicing it for tacos and adding some grilled cambray onions (like green onions, but with a larger bulb), grilled nopales (from the prickly pear cactus), guacamole, pico de gallo, and freshly squeezed lime juice makes it absolutely mouth-watering. Remember, genuine Mexican tacos feature small, soft tortillas, stacking two at a time for each taco. Carne Asada is also featured in tortas, delicious Mexican sandwiches using big telera bread rolls. For tender Carne Asada, marinating the flank or skirt steak anywhere from 1-8 hours does the trick. Traditionally, the marinade includes freshly squeezed lime juice, garlic, onion, cilantro and black pepper, but you can experiment with other fruit juices, such as orange and papaya. I like to add some hot peppers and a little beer to it as well. And remember, for best results grill the meat over a nice, hot fire.


4 Cloves garlic, minced
½ Cup fresh cilantro leaves and stems, chopped finely
1 Jalapeño, serrano or habanero pepper, minced (optional, if you don’t like it spicy)
2 Freshly squeezed limes
1 Freshly squeezed orange
½ Cup olive oil
1 Teaspoon cumin
Freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt (but go easy on it because you’ll salt the steak again just before putting it on the grill)
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
Beer (like negra modelo, corona or dos equis), optional, to taste
Using a mortar and pestle, mash the garlic, hot pepper, cilantro, cumin, salt, and pepper into a paste. Gradually add the lime juice, orange juice, oil, vinegar and beer, stirring to mix well.
Yields about 1½ Cups
Other ingredients:
2 Lbs flank or skirt steaks
1 Onion, chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil for the grill
Corn or flour tortillas
Additional limes, wedged
Pico de gallo salsa, optional
Cambray onions, whole, optional
Nopales, optional.

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