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Carne Asada Tacos

Carne Asada Tacos with Pico de Gallo, Avocado, and Lime Crema

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At Mexican restaurants, we always order at least one steak taco—we just can’t resist the tender seared meat piled in warm tortillas with plenty of salsa, guacamole, and sour cream. In this Encore Recipe, Chef Michelle recreates the favorite dish with steak marinated in cumin, chipotle, oregano, and lime juice, then seared until smoky and medium rare. Complete with lime crema, sliced avocado, and jalapeño-studded pico de gallo, these tacos will add a touch of summery warmth to cold winter nights.

  • Stovetop Only
Serving size
2servings
Prep & cook time
minutes
Cooking Skill
easy
  • Calories 680
  • Protein 42g
  • Total Carb 70g
  • Total Fat 30g

Given the cook-at-home nature of Plated and natural variation in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details.

Ingredients & Equipment

What we send

  • avocado
    • 1
    • avocado
  • dried oregano
    • 1/8 teaspoon
    • dried oregano
  • red onion
    • 1
    • red onion
  • garlic
    • 1 clove
    • garlic
  • limes
    • 2
    • limes
  • shredded green cabbage
    • 1/2 cup
    • shredded green cabbage
  • chipotle powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon
    • chipotle powder
  • flour tortillas
    • 6
    • flour tortillas
  • ground cumin
    • 1/4 teaspoon
    • ground cumin
  • jalapeño
    • 1
    • jalapeño
  • cilantro
    • 1/8 ounce
    • cilantro
  • tomato
    • 1
    • tomato
  • chili powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon
    • chili powder
  • smoked paprika
    • 1/8 teaspoon
    • smoked paprika
  • nonfat sour cream
    • 2 ounces
    • nonfat sour cream
  • steaks
    • 2
    • steaks

What You’ll Need

  • black pepper
  • kosher salt
  • olive oil
  • large resealable plastic bag (optional)
  • grill pan (optional)
  • aluminum foil

Cooking Steps

  1. Marinate steaks

    Marinate steaks

    Halve limes. Using the flat side of a knife, gently crush garlic clove. In a large shallow bowl or resealable plastic bag, whisk together spice mix, juice of ½ lime, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and pepper to combine, then add crushed garlic. Pat steaks dry with paper towel, add to marinade, and turn to coat. Set aside to marinate at room temperature until Step 5.

  2. Prepare ingredients

    Prepare ingredients

    Rinse remaining produce. Cut tomato into ½-inch pieces and place in a medium bowl. Roughly chop cilantro leaves, discarding stems. Peel onion and cut into small dice to yield 2 tablespoons. Add diced onion to bowl with tomato. Halve jalapeño lengthwise and, using a knife tip, discard seeds and stem. Finely chop up to half of pepper (wash your knife, cutting board, and hands afterward). Save remaining onion and jalapeño for an omelet.

  3. Make pico de gallo

    Make pico de gallo

    Add chopped jalapeño (skip or use half for less heat), juice of 1 lime, ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper as desired to bowl with tomato and onion. Add half of cilantro, reserving remainder for serving. Toss to combine, then set aside until ready to serve. Place cabbage on cutting board, sprinkle over ⅛ teaspoon salt and, using your hands, massage to soften, about 30 seconds.

  4. Make lime crema and warm tortillas

    Make lime crema and warm tortillas

    If using a grill pan, place it over medium-high heat now. In a small bowl, stir together sour cream and juice of remaining lime. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired. Set lime crema aside. When grill is just smoking, arrange tortillas in a single layer and toast until warmed through, 30 seconds per side. Stack tortillas and wrap in foil to keep warm.

  5. Grill steaks and prepare avocado

    Grill steaks and prepare avocado

    Remove and discard crushed garlic from marinade, then remove steaks and add to grill pan. Cook until charred and medium rare, 4-5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside to rest for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, halve avocado, discarding pit. Using a spoon, carefully scoop out flesh, discarding skin. Thinly slice.

  6. Plate carne asada tacos

    Plate carne asada tacos

    Once steaks have rested, find the direction of the grain (muscle fibers) and slice across it, rather than parallel, as thinly as possible—this ensures tenderness. Divide tortillas between serving plates and layer with cabbage, steak, pico de gallo, avocado, and lime crema. Garnish carne asada tacos with remaining cilantro, and dig in!

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