Tuesday 5 May 2015

Cinquo de Mayo - Carne Asada Marinade

Today is May 5th.  Cinco de Mayo.

Some people think it's Mexican Independance Day but that's actually in September.  Cinco de Mayo is a day that commemorates the unlikely win of Mexican Forces over French troops during the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

Either way, It's a good day to celebrate Mexican Cuisine.  So here is my recipe for Carne Asada Grilled Beef Tacos.

Carne Asada Marinade

1/3 cup Olive Oil>
Juice of 1 Lime
1 Garlic Clove, smashed
A handful of Cilantro including the stems
2 tbsp of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of Cumin
1 teaspoon of Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne
Kosher Salt and Fresh Black Pepper, to taste
I like to use this marinade on a tough cut of meet like Flank Steak.  The butcher at Foodland often has Bavette steak also known as sirloin flap in his meat counter and this recipe works particularly well with that cut.
Marinate the steak for 2 hours and then grill on high heat for a few minutes per side (no more than medium as you don't want the steak to dry out.
Serve on corn tortillas and garnish with pico de gallo, cilantro and pickled jalapeno's.  

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