Calle Tacos (Street Tacos)

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Andy Anderson !

By
@ThePretentiousWichitaChef

I’ve eaten street tacos in Southern California, New Mexico, and in Mexico; the one thing that I’ve discovered is that there is no such thing as a “traditional” street taco. Each vendor will add his or her own “special” touches to the dish, and make it their own personal culinary creation.

There are, however, a few things that characterize a good street taco: they are all about the meat (not the toppings), and they are usually served on a freshly made flour tortilla… Sorry Taco Bell.

Serve it up with an excellent margarita, and I’m in heaven.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Serves:
4 (two tacos each)
Prep:
18 Hr
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

1 lb
flank steak
2 clove
garlic, minced
4 Tbsp
fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 c
olive oil, extra virgin
1 medium
lime, just the juice
1 tsp
salt, kosher variety
1 tsp
black pepper, freshly ground
1 tsp
ground cumin
cotija cheese (or other cheese of your choice), optional
pica de gallo, or salsa (optional)

How to Make Calle Tacos (Street Tacos)

Step-by-Step

  • 1Gather your ingredients
  • 2Mix all the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl or large ziplock bag.
  • 3Add the flank steak, coat completely, and then place in the refrigerator overnight.
  • 4Chef's Tip: Marinades need time to work their magic. While you're sleeping the ingredients are getting acquainted.
  • 5Chef's Note: I'm using flank steak, but street tacos can be fish, chicken, pork, shrimp.. and you are still using the same marinade. However, if you're using seafood, then only marinate for 1 hour.
  • 6Remove the steak from the marinade.
  • 7Place a pan over high heat.
  • 8Add oil to the pan.
  • 9Place the flank steak into the pan.
  • 10Cook 5 to 7 minutes on one side, and then repeat for the second side.
  • 11Remove to a cutting board, and allow it to rest for 6 to 8 minutes.
  • 12Slice into thin strips, across the grain.
  • 13Roughly chop the strips into bite sized pieces.
  • 14Add the meat to a freshly made (warm) flour tortilla.
  • 15Add a bit of pica de gallo, or salsa, and a bit of cheese. Enjoy.
  • 16Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Calle Tacos (Street Tacos)

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Dietary Needs: Low Sodium, Soy Free