Mexicali Baja Street Tacos Carne Asada
When I looked at this recipe although I had originally been thinking of doing it as a Tex-Mex recipe the taco tortillas are really not in the Tex-Mex style. So it is time to reach and although this could go in the regular taco section it reminded me more of LA street food and thus I ended up putting it in the Mexicali category. Just as with my Tex-Mex section I am not too hung up on labels and names and such it is here because frankly it is where I wanted to put it. The main thing is try it, enjoy it, and call it whatever you like. I gave it a name as all recipes have to have one just one of the rules to a website it will not let you leave the name blank.
So I wanted something that would sound inviting and when I think of basic good food taco trucks come to mind I don’t know why really no reason for it but it just sounds like food I would want to eat for lunch and as a mom it sounds like something easy for dinner. I mean look at the ingredient list is pretty simple and basic you don’t need a lot to put these together and I wanted nice small sized tacos that would be easy for my twins to eat not just my older ones.
I am always trying to balance life out between work, family and other things I am into as we all are and I like to think of recipes for weeknights that are easy to prepare I figure if I am trying to keep this all in balance what do mom’s that also have a commute on top of it have to do. I mean I save at least an hour a day when my office is literally about ten feet away. So if you’re stuck in traffic what do you have to do when the end of the day comes around in order to get good wholesome meals on the table and still have something left for you at the end of that day.
So I am often using the crockpot and simple recipes like this to help gain that balance and I figure if it gives me a bit more time to spend with the kids and my special man then this is all good and I figure someone out there will have similar goals for the end of the day. So I always try and put myself in your place what would I want after getting home from a hectic day at the office and all that it brings with it. Well short of a cook or Jeannie I want something that taste great and I don’t have to spend another fulltime job at making.
- 2 pound flank steak
- 8 Mission, White Corn Tortillas
- 8 Old El Paso Flour Tortillas
- ½ large yellow onion, diced finely
- 1/ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- Olive oil for cooking as needed
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lime, quartered
- Sour cream
- Cranky Rooster - Gourmet Hot Sauces
- Preheat a cast iron griddle or grill pan to a high heat.
- Rub the stack with olive oil on both sides and season with salt and fresh cracked pepper.
- Place the steak on the griddle and cook for four minutes per side to sear the meat it should still be medium rare.
- Remove it from heat without puncturing it and put on a plate and loosely cover with foil and allow to rest for fifteen minutes so the juices redistribute. Note: with flank steak a long resting period is extremely important to help tenderize the meat.
- Lower the heat and working in assembly line fashion place a little oil in the grill pan and toast the tortillas for just a few seconds each until they are all slightly browned.
- After the steak has rested slice it thin and then chop it into small pieces to make them easier to eat.
- On a diner plate start the assembly of the tacos, first place a flour tortilla and then right on top one of the corn tortillas.
- Place a generous amount of the steak on the tortilla in the middle and then sprinkle with the diced onion and a good sprinkling of cilantro.
- Serve with fresh salsa, sour cream and or hot sauce of choice.
Carne asada tacos are a favorite on both sides of the border and Mexicali recipes are not forgotten either when it comes to this dish. This recipe is done in a street food style and is the kind of food you would typically find being served out of a taco truck. If you are like me and in a house of guys this recipe will go over well as I know my guys love any meal that is more meat then anything. If raw onion turns you off feel free to sauté them first it will give them a sweeter taste and might go over better with some.
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