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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Steak Tacos

The five food groups taste so much better when you take them out of the pyramid and put them in a taco.  You can add whatever you like into a taco.  Tonight I made steak tacos with carmelized onions and mushrooms.  I am sure I will be posting about other taco combinations in the future.

Charles loved these tacos, especially the mushrooms.  He told me that we eat mushrooms all the time and that these mushrooms are the best.  Charles also made a great suggestion that next time I add peppers.

This recipe can also be made with chicken instead of beef.

You will need:
1.5 pounds Sirloin Steak
Taco Seasoning Sauce - I highly recommend Frontera Grill's Roasted Tomato and Chipotle sauce which is available at Whole Foods.  For those of you who can't find this - find a sauce not a seasoning packet.
Soft Tortillas either corn or flour
1 large Yellow Onion
8 oz Mushrooms
Queso Fresco (or Monterey Jack)
Low fat or fat free Sour Cream
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
Serves 3
Total Prep and Cook time 1 hour

Step 1:
Put 1/4 cup of the seasoning sauce aside.  Use the rest of the sauce to marinate the steak. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.  You could marinate all day if you like.

Step 2:
While the meat marinates cut the onion in half vertically and the chop from top to bottom so that the result is big round pieces of onion. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a saucepan and add the onion. Stir frequently for about 15 minutes until the onion has absorbed all the oil and has caramelized. The onion will be golden brown.

Step 3:
Turn your oven on to broil. Then heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a frying pan over high heat. Once the pan is hot add the steak. Sear each side for about 2-3 minutes. Then put the steak on a baking sheet, spoon the leftover marinate on top of the steak and put it into the oven. Cook for 10-15 minutes more depending on how well done you like your steak and how thick your steak is.  I used a massive 1.6 pound steak and it was about 2 1/2 inches thick - I cooked it for 20 minutes in the oven and it was perfectly medium.

Step 4:
While the steak is in the oven, add 1 tablespoon butter and 1 teaspoon oil olive to the pan you used to sear the steak. Do not wash the pan first (unless it is just too messy), the steak juices will lend flavor to the mushrooms. Melt the butter, add the 1/4 cup of the marinate that you set aside and then add the mushrooms. Sauté for 6 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed.

Step 5:
Take the steak out of the oven and slice it into long strips. Then assemble your tacos adding the onions, mushrooms, cheese and sour cream.

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