Friday, September 10, 2010
Chile-rubbed Steak Tacos/Tomatillo Avocado Salsa
I found this recipe on The Sisters Cafe blog http://sisterscafe.blogspot.com/ and we loved it, especially the salsa. I will make the salsa just for plain burritos, tacos and any other reason I can think of to make it. It stayed overnight well and the avocados didn't turn dark. This recipe is the keeper for me.
2 cloves garlic
1 T salt plus 1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. chili powder
2 T. brown sugar
2 tsp. smoked or sweet paprika
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 lbs. skirt steak (I used these really thin steaks I bought at Walmart and it worked great)
Tomatillo Avocado Salsa
Chopped cilantro for serving
Grated jack cheese for serving
Sour cream for serving
Shredded lettuce for serving
Crush the garlic using the flat side of a large knife, sprinkle with 1/2 t. salt. Place the flat side of the knife blade on top of the garlic and salt; press firmly, pulling knife toward you. Repeat until a paste forms; transfer to a small bowl. Add chili powder, brown sugar, paprika, cumin, pepper and remaining salt. Stir to combine. I left this salt out and it tasted fine without it.
Rub mixture all over steak, both sides and place in a large plastic freezer bag to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
While the meat is marinating you can make your salsa.
3 tomatillos, husked, rinsed, and halved
1/2 white onion, halved
2 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno chili, stemmed and halved
1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
Juice of 1/2 lime, about 1 tablespoon
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and diced
Grill the tomatillos, onion, garlic and jalapeno. I actually broiled mine in the oven and they turned out great. Do it until they are lightly charred. Place the vegetables in a food processor, add cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper and pulse until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a bowl and fold in avocado.
Grill your steak until you have your desired doneness and slice into strips. Heat up your tortillas and you are ready to serve. Fill with the meat, salsa, cheese, sour cream, lettuce and a sprinkle of cilantro. Enjoy!