Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cooking: Steak Tacos

Sunday football is the norm at my place these days, especially when the Giants or Jets are playing.  Lately we've been watching the games at home and I make some yummy things to nosh on.  This week, hubby requested 'upscale bar food'.  What does that mean??

Scratching my head, I finally decided on Steamy Kitchen's Steak Tacos!  Her recipe doesn't require any sauce, which really intrigued me.  One thing you'll observe from my cooking is I tend to cut down on anything very saucy or heavy.  I like to keep things fresh so the ingredients carry the dish, not the sauce or seasoning.  And so, her Steak Tacos seemed right up my alley!  I tweaked her recipe a bit, so keep reading to see how I made them!

Steak Tacos? Check. Giants? Check.  It's GAME TIME!

1 Package of Tortillas (I used the small size 6" ones)
1 Avocado, sliced
1 Tomato, diced
1 1/2 heaping cups of Lettuce, shredded
1 Small Red Onion, diced
1 1/2 lbs of Skirt Steak
Crumbly Cheese (I had Feta on hand)
1 Lime, cut in wedges
1 TB Vegetable Oil
Chili Powder
Salt & Pepper

Prep the steak: Trim away excess fat.  Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of steak and rub on some Chili Powder for some added heat. Set aside and prep your other ingredients.

Cut your vegetables (Lettuce, Avocado, Onion, Tomato and Lime) and set aside.

Crumble your cheese and set aside.

Heat up a non-stick pan over medium heat.  When hot, warm up each Tortilla, 1 minute on each side.

Heat up each Tortilla, 1 min per side should do it

In the same pot, add 1 TB of oil.  Once the oil heats up, cook the steak for about 3 mins on each side (I like my steak medium/medium-rare, so adjust time accordingly).  If your steak is cut very thin, you may only need to do 2 mins per side. 

Notice that juicy hunk of bone at the bottom? That was hubby's leftovers from his Ribeye the night before.  It had so much oil stored in it that I didn't need to add any extra oil to my pan! YUM
Let the steak rest on a plate for several minutes before slicing it.  Thinly slice steak against the grain.

Assemble your tacos: Tortilla in hand, layer some strips of steak.  Then pile in some lettuce, red onions, avocado, tomatoes, cheese and cilantro.  Now juice up your taco with a lime wedge.  Then, chomp chomp CHOMP! 

Juicing up my taco, packed full of fresh goodness!

It was a very good Sunday - tacos came out great AND the Giants beat the Buffalo Bulls!!

P.S. Have leftover ingredients from your tacos? Make Guacamole! More on that to come...

Happy reading, Happy eating - Piggy KL

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