Grilling Colorado Tacos

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Gary Mobell from Blue Bonnet shows us how.

Carne Asada Tacos

A great recipe for summer grillin’ as the meat can marinate overnight and put directly on the grill with a little seasoning. Carne Asada is a very popular dish in northern and western parts of Mexico and the Southwest United States. The translation means “grilled meat” in Spanish and carne asada can be used in burritos, tacos or eaten by itself, it’s a great staple for meals. We just love it for tacos, it’s extremely flavorful in the summer with the addition of locally-grown peppers and onions.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound flank or skirt steak (the key is to have thin beef)
  • Olive oil to brush grill or use in pan if frying (if it’s raining!)
  • Pinch of Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper for each skirt steak
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Jalapeno ,if you want spice, diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Sugar, white vinegar, cumin seeds per your tastes (all can be added to marinade)

Cooking / Grilling Instructions  for the Meat

  1. Using a glass or plastic bowl (non reactive bowl) place the skirt steaks and all the ingredients (cilantro, lime juice, garlic cloves, additional ingredients) into the bowl and mix well.  Ideally you want them to marinate overnight to absorb the seasoning.
  2. To grill, brush the steaks with olive oil so as to not stick on the grill and season with salt and pepper individually.
  3. Grilling time varies depending on thickness of meat and temperature of grill. Plan no more than five minutes for each side per skirt steak.
  4. Cool and slice diagonally to serve.
  5. If using a pan, heat oil in skillet and sauté evenly on each side.
  6. Peppers and onions can be sliced (deveined and deseeded if need be) and brushed with the same olive oil and seasoned with the same items used in the carne asada. We enjoy cooking our peppers and onions in a grill basket, but there are many techniques. We even like to char the skins of the peppers sometimes for a real summer treat.

Serve with warm tortillas, pico de gallo, guacamole, over a salad, with a side of rice and beans, in a burrito or anything else. Carne asada is even delicious with eggs in the morning or as a sandwich for lunch. There are dozens of great recipes using carne asada.