It doesn’t get much better than street food for me. And warm tortillas folded around fresh ingredients is right up there. Without a doubt, street tacos are one of the family’s favorites.
(Spoiler alert: I did not make my own cheese. I know, slacker.)
Over the next few posts I will break down each of these recipes one-by-one. And I’ll update here to include easy links to the different recipes. But today I wanted to first give you a quick preview of how it all came together.
Naturally, it started with a stroll around the local farmers market, a trip to the local butcher, and some pantry odds and ends from the grocery store down the street. (Not many native Kansas oranges or limes at the farmers market.)
Normally I only make one meat preparation for supper. If I’m cooking for a bigger crowd, maybe I’ll make two or three. But today I decided to do two for you. And they’re both so good.
The first is carne asada. I used a flank steak because that’s what looked best at the butcher shop. I could also have used skirt steak or gone a bit decadent and used ribeye steak. Then a nice long marinade in citrus, spices, garlic, and cilantro. Finally, cooked over high heat and sliced thin.
The second is pork carnitas. I found a good pork butt, low-and-slow-cooked until fall-apart tender in a handful of spices, orange peel, and garlic. Then the outside crisped up a bit at the end under the broiler.
Of course, there are many other possibilities. I could have cooked with chicken, seafood, or stayed completely vegetarian, for example. Just depends on the day, what sounds best, and what you have on hand.
For the pico de gallo, I got lucky to find several different types of tomatoes and onions at the farmers market. I love the slightly different tastes and textures they give.
This is mostly some knife work but you can do it ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator until you’re ready for it.
Lastly, I made some fresh tortillas. I know you can easily buy these, and sometimes I do, but the taste of fresh-made is out of this world. Masa and water, press, quick turn in a hot skillet, and into the warmer. (And you can enlist the family to help!)
This is a meal that works great for serving buffet style. Just put everything out on a table and let people build their own plates. I will tell you, the kids love this.
Street Tacos made a couple different ways. Affordable, delicious, healthy, and easy to make. Hard to beat that.
See you soon!
Originally published September 5, 2017.