Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Steak Tacos

 Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, so I was inspired to make steak tacos with homemade tortillas. 
Usually the day before, or the morning of, I will marinate my beef with Grill Mates Mojito Lime marinade.  I love to use flat iron steak in most recipes that call for beef or steak.  For the homemade tortillas, I found some corn tortilla mix at Kroger Marketplace, of course.
  • Flat Iron Steak
  • Masa Harina
  • Mojito Lime Marinade
  • Pico de Gallo & Guacamole
  • Shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack
  1. Prepare the Pico & Guacamole.
  2. Prepare the flat iron steak.
  3. Prepare the homemade tortillas:
You'll need a tortilla press and a pan to cook your tortillas.  I love my Lodge Logic pan that has no sides.  Looking for a tortilla press?  Find one at Kitchenco. at Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center.  You can order from the web site, or just give Jay a call and tell him you heard about it from me!
Then, you'll follow the basic tortilla recipe on the Quaker Masa Harina package. (It says how much water to add to the mix.)
As you stir the mix, you'll see that you can form a ball out of the mixture with your fork.  That's when it's time to heat your pan or griddle.  After about 5 minutes on medium high, I removed my pan and sprayed it with canola oil spray.

Then my assistant Sasha, my five year old daughter, helped on this night.  She rolled some little balls out of the mixture.  I have to say, some of these turned out a little smaller than the smallest usual tortilla, but cute.
So I set up my tortilla press.  It's a bit slippery, so I use a quart - sized plastic bag that I cut in half (I learned this from Aaron Sanchez in one of my magazines.)  I put the little rolled ball in the middle, then press it down.
Here's what it looks like when you raise it back up...

Then you'll very gently slide it onto your palm, slowly peel the plastic back, and lay the tortilla onto the pan.
You may only need 3 minutes per side.
Lay the cooked tortillas inside a clean cloth and keep covered.  When all the tortillas are cooked, you can assemble them.  Any leftovers can be used to make tostadas.

1 comment:

  1. Yummy! Look at you making your own tortillas. I think you've inspired me to try something new - again. I made homemade fish tacos for dinner for Cinco de Mayo. You mentioned to me that you made fish tacos using tilapia and I decided to give it a try! Mr. L loved them! :)