I’m a bit embarrased to post this up. It really isn’t a recipe — just assembly — as the majority of the work is done by the pre-prepared meat. But it’s a Monday, and don’t we all need something a little easy to start us off? This was my first time to attempt something this (I know!), I just made stuff up without a recipe, and I was pleased with the results.
I purchased my meat from Iowa Meat Farms (love the name?! I do!), a local shop that is quite close to my house and has so far consistently impressed me with their meat quality. They have a pre-marinated carne asada that I used for this recipe. The meat was extremely tender, with a great, slightly sweet marinade.
The pico de gallo (tomato mixture) is easy to whip up and adjust according to your own tastes. My tomatoes were unfortunately a little on the mealy side, but ah well. I was able to use a generous amount of cilantro, and the avocado was perfectly ripe. Mmm.
I have to say a quick Google will find you some great-sounding carne asada recipes, so if you don’t have access to a good meat shop I’m sure you can season the meat appropriately.
Carne Asada Tacos
Makes about 6 medium/large sized tacos
- 1 lb seasoned carne asada meat (I believe it is skirt steak)
- 3 small tomatoes (I used roma)
- 1/2 an onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons diced jalapenos
- 1/2 a bunch cilantro
- Juice of 1/2 a lime
- 1 avocado, sliced
- Whole wheat burrito/taco tortillas
- Saute a little bit of the onion in a hot saucepan with a little bit of oil, add meat when the onion is slightly translucent. Cook till desired doneness.
- While meat is cooking the pan, get started on the pico de gallo. Finely chop tomatoes and mix with onions, jalapenos, and cilantro. Add lime juice and salt to taste, allow it to sit. The salt will pull out some of the liquids in the vegetables — this is fine.
- Once the meat is cooked, take it out and slice it against the grain — perpendicular to the lines you’ll see in the meat. This will give you more tender bites of steak.
- Heat tortillas on the stove or in the microwave.
- Layer steak, pico de gallo, and slices of avocado in your tortillas, and serve.