Saturday, March 22, 2008

Carne Asada Tacos



I love tacos with fresh onions and cilantro.  Everyone I knew in the small town I lived in for law school thought Taco Bell was the ultimate Mexican fiesta.  Objection!  That is not Mexican by all means.  When I lived in LA, there were so many authentic Mexican restaurants and taquerias like El Cholo or King Tacos.  The lack of good Mexican food started to really make me feel depried and out of a desperation, I made an attempt to make some good tacos with fresh ingredients.
Ingredients
Beef (steak meat or tri-tip), tortillas, 1/2 onion, cilantros, a pinch of salt, black pepper, paprika, chili powder, 1 tbsp minced garlic, lemon or lime.
1. Chop cilantros and onions into thin pieces.




2. Then chop the beef into thin slices. This takes quite a bit of time and energy. I didn’t have a big grill with two butcher knives to chop them while cooking.  It’s still better than using ground beef.


3. Marinate the beef with salt, black pepper, paprika, chili powder, minced garlic and a little bit of water (water helps the ingredients to penetrate into the meat better).



Mix around the ingredients.



4. Cook the meat. I pan fried the meat and it still turned out very delicious.


5. Depending on how you like your tortillas, you can heat it up on a pan until you have some brown spots on it. Heating will make it nice and crispy.  You have to heat up tortillas one way or another.


6. Throw on the ingredients and maybe a piece of lime or lemon on the side. I like fresh squeezed lemon and a lot of hot sauce on my tacos.  This recipe was pretty good. If you like some kick, Tapatio is definitely one of the best hot sauces for Mexican food.




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