My husband and I went to Beertopia about 3 weeks ago and we bought Rib-eye tacos from the Brickhouse stall, they were THE BEST tacos I have ever had. In the past, I always turn down my husband’s request to have Mexican or Mexican-inspired food because the ones I have eaten in the Philippines were not tasty at all. Last April 18, I was craving for some Mexican food so I had Quesadillas for lunch at Mr. Taco Truck, really affordable! Since I was craving for more, I invited my husband to have Tacos and Quesadillas there for dinner! 🙂 We also tried to go to Brickhouse in Lan Kwai Fong but it was full house!:( One of these days, we will eat there and show you some pictures!:)
If you think that killed my cravings for Mexican food, you’re dead wrong! I craved for MORE!!! That’s why I searched for tacos recipe and found Tyler Florence’s Tacos Carne Asada Recipe from Food Network, I read the reviews and they were mostly positive so I went ahead and bought ingredients.
I had to work with what’s available here in HK. I could not find any Masa Harina, I attempted to make tortillas using Corn Flour and it was a failure. 😦 Good thing we had ready-made flour tortillas (Old El Paso). I would have bought corn tortillas from Mr Taco Truck but I forgot! Aiyaaaa!!! I would have to make this again with corn tortillas. (Still craving for MORE! Haha!).
Also, I could not find any regular limes so I used the Thai limes.
I made Mojo first so I could start marinating the flank steak. I chopped and/or minced jalapeño, cilantro and garlic then added salt & pepper and mashed them to make a paste.
Next, I added oil, vinegar, lime juice and orange juice.
I then added the 300g flank steak and marinated that for 7 hours.
We went to church then walked home so the beef could marinate longer. Haha!
I had my husband remove all green stuff sticking to the steak so it doesn’t burn and to grate cheddar cheese (I could not find any Mexican cheese here!:(). While he was doing that, I made pico de gallo. I chopped tomatoes, red onion, spring onion, cilantro and jalapeño, added oil into the bowl and mixed everything.
While waiting for the flavors of the pico de gallo to marry, I cooked the steak in a pan grill-4 minutes per side.
I took out the steak from the pan grill and placed it onto a chopping board, covered with foil to rest for about 5 minutes.
While waiting, I chopped a white onion.
After 5 minutes, I sliced the steak to strips, heated a tortilla in a pan, placed that onto a plate and started assembling the taco.
First, I placed steak then chopped white onion, cheese and finally the pico de gallo.
OK, I should have spread out everything and put more meat on there…Next time I will remember that!:)
Serve tacos with lime wedges.
My husband added dashes of hot pepper sauce because he loves spicy food. He loved the tacos and requested that I make them again!
Next time, I’ll try to make these with rib-eye, corn tortillas and Mexican cheese. 🙂
I hope you try this too, it tastes so fresh! We had pico de gallo leftover and I fried some galunggong (round scad), the combination was awesome! Kamayan na!
Tacos Carne Asada
Adapted from Food Network
- At least 6 tortillas
- Mojo (marinade for steak) -recipe below
- 300g Flank steak, grilled and sliced into strips
- 1 white onion, chopped
- Cheese, grated
- Pico de gallo -recipe below
- Lime wedges
- Hot pepper sauce (optional)
- Marinate flank steak in mojo for at least 4 hours.
- Make pico de gallo before grilling flank steak.
- Remove any greens from the flank steak to avoid being burnt.
- Pour some oil and spread onto steak and add salt and pepper.
- Grill flank steak so it’s medium-rare. About 4 minutes per side over high heat.
- Remove from grill and cover with foil and let it rest for 5 minutes.
- Slice steak into strips.
- Heat tortillas in a pan about 30 seconds per side.
- On a plate, place tortillas then beef then onion then cheese and finally pico de gallo.
- Serve with lime wedges and hot sauce.
- 4 garlic cloves, minced (I used a garlic press)
- 1 jalapeño, minced
- Handful of fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 limes, juiced
- 1 orange, juiced
- 2 Tbsp white vinegar (I used Heinz)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Combine garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, salt and pepper in a mortar to make a paste.
- Combine juices of lime and orange, oil and vinegar in a bowl and mix in the paste.
- Add flank steak and marinate for at least 4 hours.
Pico de gallo:
- 4 ripe tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1 jalapeño, minced
- Handful of fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
Combine everything in a bowl.
Makes 6 tacos