You did not think I would do Mexican week without some tacos did you!?
I mean tacos are a MUST.
Especially for a holiday like New Years when some people don’t want to sit down for a fancy meal, but they still want to… you know.. eat some real food.
With tacos you can walk and talk, sit on couch, hang out by the fire or even eat on the go.
Not going to lie, tacos are kind of my dream food. I love them and all the different combos you can do.
Any yes, that is a big old pile of spicy mexican french fries in the photo below.
I totally just put french fries on a taco.
Here is the deal with these tacos.
The only reason the idea came into my head was because my cousins who are in town, received a box of homegrown California beef and chicken for Christmas from their Aunt and Uncle who are farmers in Southern California. Yup, they shipped pounds and pounds of beef and chicken right to our door step. All organic too, which is just kind of awesome in my mind.
Anyway, one of the meats was Carne Asada. Yeah, well that had to be made into tacos, right away.
Instead of grilling the meat I threw it in the crockpot to let it cook low and slow. I honestly was not sure how a meat like this would do in the crockpot, but it was so good.
Moist, tender and SO flavorful.
The house smells amazing all day, and come dinner or party time or snack time or just whenever, all you have to do is assemble the tacos.
The meat shreds incredibly well. Mine literally just fell apart. It was a beautiful thing.
And now we have tacos for days.
Tacos for days is a very good thing.
The whole family is headed to Ski Cooper today, so coming home to tacos will be perfect. Snowboarding in the cold all day means only one thing. Well actually two, everyone will most likely be heading home cold, tired and starving. Oops I guess that was three.
But really, the cold makes you ravenous. Especially when you know tacos like these are waiting for you.
The rest of the family would say the only thing this meal needs is some margs.
And I totally agree. Just keep mine virgin and go heavy on the salt.
Loaded Crockpot Carne Asada Tacos.
- 2 pounds carne asada meat or flank steak
- 4 cloves garlic minced or grated
- 1 large onion finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- a good pinch of salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large jalapeño seeded and diced
- 1 orange juiced
- 2 limes juiced
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
- 1/4 cup mexican beer I used Negra Modelo
- 16 corn or flour tortillas or hard shell tacos
- avocado, queso fresco or cajita cheese, jalapenos, salsa, and limes, for servning
Place the steak in 9x13 inch pan. Add the garlic, half of the chopped onion, the smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper and olive oil. Use your hand to massage the seasoning into the steak for about 3-5 minutes.
Heat a large heavy bottom skillet over high heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Sear the meat on both sides. Once the meat has been seared on both sides place it in the bowl of your crockpot. To the crockpot add the remaining, onion, diced jalapeño, orange, limes, cilantro and beer, toss well. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. Remove the meat and place it on a cutting board. Let rest 15 minutes and then shred the meat with two forks. Keep warm.
About 45 minutes before you are ready to eat make the fries. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Place cut potatoes in a large bowl and drizzle with oil, chipotle chile powder, oregano, smoked paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper. Gently toss with your hands or two spatulas to evenly coat. Spread on a baking sheet in one layer. Bake for 15-20 minutes, then flip and bake for 15-20 minutes more. You want the potatoes to be crispy, but not burnt. If you want perfectly crisp fries I recommend spreading the potatoes on a greased wire rack and baking them as directed above. But this way is a bit of a pain. Keep the potato fries warm until ready to serve.
To assemble, spread the carne asada along the middle of a warmed tortilla. Top with salsa, mashed avocados, a good handful of fries, pickled jalapeños and a heavy dose of cajita or queso fresco. Pick up the sides and EAT.
Now can we just devour these already? Please?