Carne Asada Tacos

By Jenny Goycochea
May 21, 2018
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Author Notes: Being from San Diego, taco shop fare is standard from LA all the way to the border. Carne Asada is the flagstone meat of most shops and now that I'm in texas, I find myself missing it more and more. This recipe is reminiscent of the treasured hole-in-the-wall spots that I have grown up loving. The raw salsa verde adds the perfect acidity to balance the fatty, grilled meat. Keeping the tomatillos raw creates a vibrant and beautiful bright green salsa!Jenny Goycochea

Serves: 4-6
Prep time: 8 hrs 15 min
Cook time: 15 min

Carne Asada

  • 2 pounds Skirt Steak
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 3 dried ancho chilies, seeds and stem removed
  • 3 dried guajillo chilies, seeds and stem removed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, for serving
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges for serving
  • 10 corn tortillas, warmed for serving
  • 1 avocado, sliced for serving
  1. Toast chilies in a dry pan over medium heat until fragrant. Fill a container with hot water from the tap and soak the chilies in the water for 15 minutes, or until soft.
  2. Add chilies, onions, garlic, cumin, orange juice, vinegar, oil and salt to a blender. Blend until a paste forms, using the soaking liquid from the chilies as needed to loosen the mixture.
  3. Place meat in a ziplock bag or shallow pan and cover with marinade. Spend a few minutes massaging the marinade in, seal bag or cover pan, place in fridge and allow to marinate for 4 hours or overnight (overnight is better).
  4. Preheat a grill over medium heat. Grill meat to desired doneness. Rest on a tray tented with aluminum foil for 10 minutes before slicing. Slice and serve on corn tortillas with onion, cilantro, sliced avocado and salsa verde. Serve with lime wedges.

Salsa Verde

  • 3 tomatillos, husk removed and rinsed
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeds and stem removed
  • 1/4 avocado, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons minced white onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil, such as canola
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth, add water if necessary to thin salsa.

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