Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Crock Pot Carne Asada | Street Tacos with Queso Fresco

When we were in Flagstaff last weekend, Kalie brought us by this cute little store in Flagstaff where we picked up these tiny tortillas. My initial thought for them was Carne Asada street tacos, served with a deep red sauce, and Queso Fresco. I had this memory-taste in mind, from a few years ago when our friend Jon-Michael made us these delicious carne asada tacos. He let the steaks marinate with lime juice and orange slices (and other ingredients I couldn't remember) and so I ran with that inspiration. 

I placed all of the ingredients in the crock pot for an easy meal to pull together after work. It was so good! And so much better than I could've imagined. My meals have been pretty hit or miss for the past two weeks, and I was not feeling that confident as a home cook. Hopefully with this meal, I'll be able to get back on track and stop making stupid mistakes (they were bad let me tell you- try too much vinegar or way too hot to even eat type of stuff). So I really hope this is the end to that bad streak. If it is, this is a great meal to start with...

A note on the meal, I used cheaper cuts of steak rather than a roast, but all of these spices would be lovely with whatever beef you choose. Also, the red sauce is intended to go with your tacos as a warm sauce. If you reserve some without heating it up, it is a delicious salsa to serve with chips for this meal.

Recipe: Crock Pot Carne Asada
Prep Time: 10 Min Total Time: 5-8 hrs Serves: 8 - 10. 
Gluten-Free Option. Kitchen Tested. 
The "Red Sauce" is adapted from Mexican Cook Book, a Better Homes and Gardens publication.
If gluten free, make sure the corn tortillas do not contain flour.

Carne Asada:
6 thin steaks, flank steak or other cheap cut
1 onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 red chile, sliced, seeds removed
1 - 2 dried red chile, chopped, seeds removed
1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped, reserve a handful for topping tacos
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 lime, juiced
1 orange, sliced
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tbsp ground coriander

Red Sauce:
1, 15 oz can diced tomato
3 red and green chile, roasted
1 dried red chile, roughly chopped
1/2 onion, diced, divided
1 garlic clove
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil

For serving:
Queso Fresco
Lime Wedges
Small Tortillas
Red sauce, recipe follows

How To:
Carne Asada:
Add all of the Carne Asada ingredients into a crock pot. Turn heat to low. Cover and let cook for eight hours. If you need to speed up the process, set to high and cook for 5 hours or until meat easily pulls apart. Remove the orange rinds before serving.

Red sauce: 
Add all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Reserve half of the diced onions. Blend until smooth. Add the rest of the onions and blend for another second just to incorporate without blending the onions completely.

Heat oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Pour some of the red sauce into the sauce pan. Once it begins bubbling turn down to low and cover until ready to serve. The remainder of the red sauce can be chilled as a salsa or heated through if you desire.

Heat tortillas in a moist kitchen towel with a slice of lime for the aroma. Serve carne asada with heated tortillas, queso fresco, reserved cilantro, lime wedges, and the red sauce.

More Meal Planning Inspiration:
In the mood for more Mexican-inspired meals?
Try my Crock Pot Beans and Gluten-Free Flour Tortillas.
Try this delicious and easy Slow-Cooker Guajillo Chile Carnitas Taco recipe.
Popular with my readers, try my Hearty Pork Roast Stew recipe.
Wanting something a little more gourmet? Try my Roasted Green Chile and Tomatillo Enchiladas.
For dessert, try my Mexican Chili Cupcakes.


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  2. that's sweet of you, thank you!

  3. We just made these today and LOVED them. I could eat about 12 tacos if I had it my way. Delicious! Can't wait to try more of your recipes, we've got a few of them already bookmarked!

    1. aw thanks so much! I appreciate your feedback:)


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