Sunday, January 25, 2009

Carne Asada Tacos

One of the few things I miss about living in Southern California is Carne Asada!

I loved to drive through Robertos, Jilbertos, Albertos... any of those wicked good drive through Mexican places. Mmmmmm Carne Asada Burritos, the size of your arm! Guacamole & Onions? YES PLEASE! Mmmmm... it took me forever to figure out that the onions on those burritos were just onions in lime juice w/cilantro. But man, does that make a differnce! YUM!

I found a recipe for Carne Asada by Tyler Florence. His Mojo Marinade is awesome on Flank Steak!

I've been dying for Flank Steak since I got an electric knife and a cast iron grill/griddle for Christmas. So last week... Flank Steak was on sale... and I decided it was time for some Carne Asada!!

For the Mojo Marinade you'll need...
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 large handful fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 limes, juiced
1 orange, juiced
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
(I usually add cumin to this and totally forgot)

(yeah... I found out I had used all of the jalapenos from my garden... so I just diced up some Trappey's)

The night before, I minced the garlic & jalapeno & cilantro and whisked it with the lime juice, orange juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.

I put that in the fridge. You don't have to make it the night before. But I don't have a lot of time before I leave for work in the morning, so I wanted to be able to just drop my steak in before work.

Then I made my Onion Relish. I diced the onion & chopped some cilantro and juiced a couple of limes.


I shook it up in a mason jar and put that in the fridge too.

The next morning... I dropped my flank steak into the Mojo Marinade in a FoodSaver container.
(mmmm.... isn't that beautiful??)

Flip it over to get it all covered.

Vacuum seal and back into the fridge before I head out the door.

Home from work... I took the steak out of the marinade to let it warm up a little before I put it on the grill.

Onto a preheated grill! *sizzle*

Oh yeah... grill marks baby!!

Woohoo!!! The best grill marks I've ever made!!

Let the steak rest for about 5 minutes before cutting it.

Mmmmmm Carne Asada!!

Time for tacos!!!
With some Onion Relish, Guacamole, Diced Tomatoes and a little Cilantro... mmmmmmm


Add some Mexican Rice and Refried Beans.

These were the BEST tacos I've ever had!!


Donna-FFW said...

Holy Crap! Do these ever look good. I even love the name Mojo marinade. I adore flank steak for grilling! This is going on my must try list!

Katie said...

WOW!!! That looks INSAAAANELY delicious!!!

Reeni♥ said...

Those are amazing! Such delicious flavors, yum!!!

nicole said...

Those do look like awesome tacos. My family would love those.

Tangled Noodle said...

Okay, the progression of this dish was amazing and that last picture has me drooling!

bensbaby116 said...

I bet these were amazing!! Can't wait to try them.

Culinary Alchemist said...

You seriously ROCKED those grill marks!!!! I am dying for a taco right now....

tamilyn said...

Oh, yummy! I should know not to look at blogs on my lunch break (at 2:30 AM) because I always get freaking hungry and no place is open at 6 AM when I leave to fill that void. Sigh. I need to bookmark this so I remember to try that-it looks fantastic! thanks for sharing it :)

Spryte said...

Thanks so much for all of your kind comments!

Doodles said...

your carne asada looks quite professional and looks yummmm also.

make this a lot as I too am from SoCal and hard to get.........I miss Olvera Street the most I think

Spryte said...

Hey Doodles! I see you're from HTE! Are you Doodles there too?