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Steak Carnitas Tacos

Tacos …. I feel like not much else needs to be said.  I cannot recall ever meeting a person that does not like tacos.  Now I know you have your favorite types or perhaps you prefer veggie tacos or whatever, but you still like tacos.  I feel like if I ever met a person that just doesn’t care for tacos at all, I would have to walk away, because I really feel like I do not need that kind of negativity in my life.  Pork or steak carnitas tacos are my favorite.  I really love the flavors brought to the meat.

Cumin, salt, chili powder, oregano and garlic all lend to the delicious flavor that flows over your taste buds while enjoying Carnitas.  Traditionally, Carnitas are prepared with pork simmered in lard, but I like to prepare my carnitas with hanger steak for a twist.  I would also like to add, that I do not cook anything in lard, it is probably not the most heart healthy LOL.  Even still, I promise this recipe will still be so amazing.

The Steak Carnitas Tacos are served in your choice of flour or corn tortillas.  I will not tell you which is better because depending on my mood I enjoy both.  However, this taco I would eat on the corn.  The smashed avocado replaces the time consuming preparation of guacamole, but still lets you have that creamy, citrusy texture and flavor.  All while the corn salsa, gives you everything you could ever want; texture, spicy, coolness, acid & sweetness.

Yields 8 tacos

Ingredient Lists:

Marinated Steak

Hanger, Flank or Skirt Steak, 1 pound

Juice of limes, 3 each

Orange Juice, 1 cup

Avocado Oil, 1/4 cup

Garlic, crushed, 4-6 cloves

Jalapeno, halved with seeds, 1/2 each

Cumin, ground, 1 teaspoon

Chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon

Cilantro, roughly chopped, 3/4 cup

Oregano, dry, 1/2 teaspoon

Kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon

Smashed Avocado

Avocado, 1 each

Kosher salt, 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon

Black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon

Juice of lime, 1 each

Corn Salsa

Corn on the cobb, 2 or 1 1/2 cup frozen

Red Pepper, chopped small, 1/2 cup

Red onion, chopped small, 1/4 cup

Jalapeno, seeded, finely chopped, 1/2 each

Juice of lime, 1 each

Garlic salt, 1/4 teaspoon

Kosher salt, to taste

Black pepper, to taste

Chili powder 1/8 teaspoon

Assemble your tacos

Corn or flour tortillas, 8 each

Feta cheese, crumbled, 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup

Cilantro, finely chopped, as needed for garnish

Black pepper, as desired

Lets get Cooking:

  1. Add all the ingredients for the marinate in a bowl or large ziplock bag, making sure that the steak is completely submerged. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
  2. In the meantime, roast the corn on the cobb on an outdoor grill, over 375 degrees flame, until the corn starts to char. Rotate the corn every few minutes so it does not burn.
  3. Prepare the remaining ingredients for the corn salsa and add to a medium size bowl. Once the corn is ready, carefully shave the corn off and add to the bowl and stir.  Cover and allow to rest in the refrigerator until after cooking the steak.
  4. Once the steak has marinated for 2-3 hours, remove from the marinade and allow to rest on a plate for 30-40 minutes. Once it is time to cook the steak, reheat the grill to 375 degrees. Place on a clean oiled rack and close the lid. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side until your desired temperature is achieved.  I prefer 135-140 degrees for a medium rare.  Transfer to a cutting board and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
  5. While the steak is cooking, prepare the smashed avocado. Add all the ingredients into a small bowl and smashed with a fork until incorporated; set aside.
  6. Once the steak has rested, slice against the grain as thinly as possible.
  7. Assemble your tacos by heating the tortillas on both sides and layer the smashed avocado down first, then the sliced steak, top with corn salsa, feta cheese, chopped cilantro and black pepper.

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