Was out of town for a couple days on an awesome work bonding trip, but didn't have the opportunity to get in the kitchen and cook some food. So you bet I was itching to get right back to the kitchen.
While I was working today, my mind pretty much went all over the place thinking what I would like to cook for dinner. Headed out to the grocery store to buy things I need for my camping trip this coming weekend and the missing ingredients for dinner.
At the grocery I stared at the meat aisle to see who would "talk" to me. Ok, little break and a confession: I have this way to say how I choose what I will eat that day... I usually have this felling of what I am in the mood for and when I go buy it, I let them "talk" to me and who ever "talks" to me is who I usually take home to cook with... And there was an amazing carne assada steak, grabbed that and my mind went straight for a taco recipe.
Few steps down, passed by the tortillas and my favorite is corn tortilla. At the vegetable and fruits aisle I grabbed the needs for the trip and started to look for ingredients for dinner.
Gazed at this beautiful mango perfect ripe and decided that a mango salsa to go with it would be a great combo.
Mango Salsa Steak Taco's it is...
Serves: 8 tacos
- 8 corn tortillas
- 1 cup black bean spread (homemade cooked or drained canned beans pulsed into the food processor till smooth)
- 1 sliced avocado
- 1/2 lb carne assada (seasoned with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to your taste)
- 1 ripe mango (chopped into small cubes)
- 1/4 small red onion (chopped)
- 1 handfull cilantro (chopped)
- 1 green onion (chopped)
- 1 lemon juice
- 1/2 tbs apple cider vinegar
- pinch of salt, pepper and cayenne pepper
- I like my tortilla warm while eating my tacos, so I preheat the oven at 400 to heat them up before plating.
- Start by adding the seasoning to both sides of the steak and let to the side while preparing the salsa.
- In a medium bowl add all the salsa ingredients and let them chill for at least 10 minutes (while cooking all the rest).
- Heat a large skillet in medium high and let it get super hot, add the carne assada and cook one side for about 4 minutes.
- Put the tortillas into the oven.
- In a small sauce pan, heat the bean spread.
- Flip the carne assado to cook on the other side and for medium rare (as I prefer) cook for another 2 minutes and cut them into strips.
- Take the tortillas out of the oven and start plating: tortilla, bean spread, sliced avocado, carne assada and mango salsa to top it all out.
Voila !!!!! And a tasteful Taco Tuesday is served.
A couple things... this is just an idea of what you can do. If you want another type of protein... go for it. Maybe you just have chicken, some fish, or no meat at all and want a vegan version of it. Do it... Whatever it is, get in the kitchen and cook some good food. Not only your pocket will appreciate it as your health will say big THANKS for it. Cooking at home you are able to really see what you put into your body.
I know that sometimes takes time to get food ready, but let's all be honest that if we put social media away for a little while everyday, we have more time for things like this. And like anything else, practice is the key. The more you do the easier it gets.
Home cooked meals are the best and they bring people together.
What's your favorite taco combination?
Hope you like it.