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Guest Post: Easy Steak Tacos

My sister is back today, helping out with some guest posts while I am away on vacation. If you missed her first post on how to make old fashioned strawberry jam, you can find it here. Today she's sharing an easy stake taco recipe, which I am definitely going to try when we come back from holiday! Here's Lisa:

There’s a little hole in the wall place that my husband introduced me to on vacation in Maui once, and it’s been a staple every time we go back. So much so, that I missed it when we’d come home to the point of having to recreate them. It was a bit of a process to get everything tasting just right, but once I did, it was like being on the islands all over again. I’m sure my recipe differs from theirs, but it tastes just as good (if not better!) and satisfies that craving.

Start by marinating your meat. I use skirt steak, but feel free to use your favorite cut of meat for your tacos. When trying to duplicate the flavor of the meat, I decided to start with a typical carne asada marinade, which has bright flavors of citrus and spices. It’s not exact, but the meat tasted really good, so it became the new staple.

Combine all of your marinade ingredients and the meat in a zip top plastic bag, seal and shake around to mix it all together. Let it marinade at least an hour if you can, and up to 2-3 hours. Any longer and the citrus will start breaking down the steak too much.

Now, I used a cast iron grill skillet, but I’ve done this on a BBQ and either way works very well. This was just easier for me this time. Cook the meat over medium heat for about 5 minutes per side for medium-rare (or cook a little longer to your preferred temperature). Pull the meat and let it rest for 5-10 minutes before you slice it.

Once your meat has rested, cut it into small pieces and fill your tacos with your desired toppings. The standards at our house for these are “pink sauce”, which is basically salsa mixed with sour cream, shredded cabbage, diced onions, and cilantro rice. That is how they make them at that little hole in the wall joint, so that’s the way we like them. Feel free to top with whatever your family likes.

And here's the recipe:


Easy Steak Tacos


1 lb skirt steak (or cut of your choice)

½ cup orange juice

¼ cup lime juice

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon chili powder (or to taste)

Other ingredients:

Corn tortillas

Pink Sauce (2-to-1 sour cream to salsa mixed)

Shredded cabbage

Diced onion

Cilantro rice (2 cups cooked rice mixed with 3 tablespoons minced cilantro)

Other toppings of your choice

Combine all marinade ingredients in a zip top plastic bag and turn to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use, preferably at least an hour.

Grill the steak about 5 minutes per side for medium rare (or longer based on your preference), and let sit 5-10 minutes after cooking before you slice it.

Slice the steak into small pieces, and fill tacos with your desired toppings. Enjoy!


So, who’s up for Taco Tuesday?! Be sure to share pictures of your personalized tacos!


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