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Sonoran-Style Carne Asada Tacos

Moderate

Sonoran-Style Carne Asada Tacos

Robin Winship

Robin Winship

Sonoran-Style Carne Asada Tacos

Method

Sonoran-Style Flour Tortillas 5 Steps

  • Step 1

    In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder until fully incorporated. Switch to a wooden spoon and continuously stir mixture while slowly streaming in melted lard. Continue to mix and then slowly stream in hot tap water. Allow dough to come together and then turn out dough onto counter. Knead for 2 to 4 minutes, dough should be slightly wet and shiny. Wrap dough in plastic wrap or place in a plastic bag and let rest at room temperature for 2 hours.

  • Step 2

    Divide dough into 16 balls and roll into smooth balls. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet, cover with plastic and let rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.

  • Step 3

    On a lightly floured surface roll out balls into 3-inch circles using a rolling pin. Place circles back on parchment-lined baking sheet, adding layers of parchment to ensure tortillas do not touch. Cover last layer with parchment and let rest for 10 minutes.

  • Step 4

    On a lightly floured surface roll out tortillas into 6-inch circles. Starting in the centre, roll out to the edge, rotating the tortilla after every roll. Tortillas should be very thin and nearly transparent. The edges should smear slightly as you roll tortillas out.

  • Step 5

    Heat up griddle or cast iron pan, cooking surface should be hot (test by dropping a few splashes of water, should sizzle and evaporate). Gently peel tortilla off the work surface, and lay onto the griddle. It should immediately sizzle and puff lightly. Cook, rotating, for 20 to 30 seconds per side, until lightly golden in spots. Stack in a resealable plastic bag to allow to steam and soften. Continue with remaining tortillas. Set aside.

Carne Asada 4 Steps

  • Step 1

    In a blender, add chipotle peppers, jalapeños, serrano chilies, orange juice, lime juice, olive oil, soy sauce, garlic, cilantro, cumin seed, coriander seed and brown sugar. Blend until smooth sauce has formed, roughly 1 minute. Season to taste with salt.

  • Step 2

    In a ziplock bag or medium sized bowl, pour in half of the marinade and toss steak to coat. Seal or cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight. Use remaining marinade for an additional salsa on the side or freeze for another time.

  • Step 3

    Either using a barbecue or a cast iron pan on the stove, cook steak, turning occasionally, until steak is well charred on outside and centre registers 110 degrees Fahrenheit on an instant-read thermometer, 5 to 10 minutes total.

  • Step 4

    Transfer to a cutting board and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Slice thinly against the grain and serve immediately.

Salsa 4 Steps

  • Step 1

    On a barbecue, gas stove or under an oven broiler, char the Roma tomatoes, tomatillos, serranos, jalapeños and onion until softened and a dark charred exterior forms. Cooking times will vary.

  • Step 2

    Cut Roma tomatoes, tomatillos, serranos, jalapeños and onion into rough 1-inch chunks and toss into blender.

  • Step 3

    Add 2 cloves of garlic and canned whole plum tomatoes (adding a small amount of liquid) and blend for 1 minute. The consistency shouldn't be chunky but you also don't want it too thin. Taste for seasoning.

  • Step 4

    Mix in chopped cilantro, pour into container and cover. Place in fridge until ready to use.

Salsa de Aguacate 2 Steps

  • Step 1

    Place tomatillos, chopped onion, serrano, jalapeño and avocado in blender. Pulse until smooth and creamy, can adjust consistency by adding water.

  • Step 2

    Add cilantro and pulse again. Adjust seasoning with salt.

Garnish 3 Steps

  • Step 1

    Mix chopped cilantro and diced onion together.

  • Step 2

    Char scallions on barbecue or cast iron until blistered and soft.

  • Step 3

    To serve, pile thin slices of carne asada on top of the warmed tortilla, add both salsas, onion and cilantro mixture and serve with charred onions and lime wedges on the side.

Tags:

Toronto Recipes

Cooking At Home

Sonoran-Style Carne Asada Tacos

Moderate

Sonoran-Style Carne Asada Tacos

Robin Winship

Robin Winship

Sonoran-Style Carne Asada Tacos

Yields:

Serves 6

Prep Time:

5 hours 0 mins

Cook Time:

0 hours 25 mins

5.0

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Mexican

Main Dishes

Ingredients

Sonoran-Style Flour Tortillas

  • 2 heaping cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling

  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt

  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 cup lard, melted

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp hot tap water

Carne Asada

  • 3 whole chipotle peppers, canned in adobo

  • 3/4 cup juice from 2 to 3 oranges

  • 2 tbsp juice from 2 to 3 limes

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

  • 2 jalapeños

  • 2 serrano chilies

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 6 medium garlic cloves

  • 1 small bunch cilantro, leaves and tender stems only

  • 1 tbsp whole cumin seed, toasted and ground

  • 1 tsp whole coriander seed, toasted and ground

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 lb skirt, hanger or flap steak

Salsa de Aguacate

  • 3 fresh tomatillos, husks removed and quartered (washed)

  • 1 serrano chili

  • 1 jalapeño

  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

  • 2 tbsp white onion, finely diced

  • 2 medium sized avocados

  • Salt, to taste

Salsa

  • 3 Roma tomatoes

  • 3 tomatillos, husks removed (washed)

  • 1 white onion, peeled

  • 1 14oz can of whole peeled tomatoes

  • 2/3 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 3 serrano chilies

  • 2 jalapeños

Garnish

  • 1/2 white onion, finely diced

  • Lime wedges

  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

  • 1 bunch scallions, charred

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Method

Sonoran-Style Flour Tortillas 5 Steps

  • Step 1

    In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder until fully incorporated. Switch to a wooden spoon and continuously stir mixture while slowly streaming in melted lard. Continue to mix and then slowly stream in hot tap water. Allow dough to come together and then turn out dough onto counter. Knead for 2 to 4 minutes, dough should be slightly wet and shiny. Wrap dough in plastic wrap or place in a plastic bag and let rest at room temperature for 2 hours.

  • Step 2

    Divide dough into 16 balls and roll into smooth balls. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet, cover with plastic and let rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.

  • Step 3

    On a lightly floured surface roll out balls into 3-inch circles using a rolling pin. Place circles back on parchment-lined baking sheet, adding layers of parchment to ensure tortillas do not touch. Cover last layer with parchment and let rest for 10 minutes.

  • Step 4

    On a lightly floured surface roll out tortillas into 6-inch circles. Starting in the centre, roll out to the edge, rotating the tortilla after every roll. Tortillas should be very thin and nearly transparent. The edges should smear slightly as you roll tortillas out.

  • Step 5

    Heat up griddle or cast iron pan, cooking surface should be hot (test by dropping a few splashes of water, should sizzle and evaporate). Gently peel tortilla off the work surface, and lay onto the griddle. It should immediately sizzle and puff lightly. Cook, rotating, for 20 to 30 seconds per side, until lightly golden in spots. Stack in a resealable plastic bag to allow to steam and soften. Continue with remaining tortillas. Set aside.

Carne Asada 4 Steps

  • Step 1

    In a blender, add chipotle peppers, jalapeños, serrano chilies, orange juice, lime juice, olive oil, soy sauce, garlic, cilantro, cumin seed, coriander seed and brown sugar. Blend until smooth sauce has formed, roughly 1 minute. Season to taste with salt.

  • Step 2

    In a ziplock bag or medium sized bowl, pour in half of the marinade and toss steak to coat. Seal or cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight. Use remaining marinade for an additional salsa on the side or freeze for another time.

  • Step 3

    Either using a barbecue or a cast iron pan on the stove, cook steak, turning occasionally, until steak is well charred on outside and centre registers 110 degrees Fahrenheit on an instant-read thermometer, 5 to 10 minutes total.

  • Step 4

    Transfer to a cutting board and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Slice thinly against the grain and serve immediately.

Salsa 4 Steps

  • Step 1

    On a barbecue, gas stove or under an oven broiler, char the Roma tomatoes, tomatillos, serranos, jalapeños and onion until softened and a dark charred exterior forms. Cooking times will vary.

  • Step 2

    Cut Roma tomatoes, tomatillos, serranos, jalapeños and onion into rough 1-inch chunks and toss into blender.

  • Step 3

    Add 2 cloves of garlic and canned whole plum tomatoes (adding a small amount of liquid) and blend for 1 minute. The consistency shouldn't be chunky but you also don't want it too thin. Taste for seasoning.

  • Step 4

    Mix in chopped cilantro, pour into container and cover. Place in fridge until ready to use.

Salsa de Aguacate 2 Steps

  • Step 1

    Place tomatillos, chopped onion, serrano, jalapeño and avocado in blender. Pulse until smooth and creamy, can adjust consistency by adding water.

  • Step 2

    Add cilantro and pulse again. Adjust seasoning with salt.

Garnish 3 Steps

  • Step 1

    Mix chopped cilantro and diced onion together.

  • Step 2

    Char scallions on barbecue or cast iron until blistered and soft.

  • Step 3

    To serve, pile thin slices of carne asada on top of the warmed tortilla, add both salsas, onion and cilantro mixture and serve with charred onions and lime wedges on the side.

Tags:

Toronto Recipes

Cooking At Home

Sonoran-Style Carne Asada Tacos