Because tacos happen more than just on Tuesday’s at my house. The inspiration for this pan sered steak taco was the carne asada steak seasoning I found at the market. I am pretty strict when it comes to purchasing pre-mixed spice rubs or seasonings. I really enjoy mixing my own at home. I have a big selection of spices in my pantry and feel better knowing that there are just spices in the mix when I season my foods. But curiosity got the best of me and I had to try it. I was sold as soon as I tried my first slice of chuck steak warm out of the cast iron skillet. And we could not have taco night with homemade tortillas. I have to say I prefer corn tortillas for my tacos, but I had already prepared the flour tortillas for a previous recipe. So taco night turned into tex mex taco night, with some colby jack cheese, guacamole and fresh lettuce.
These thick homemade flour tortillas reminded me of the texmex style gorditas from the local chain restaurant. Not mentioning any names, but my Dad used to hoard their hot sauce packets in the butter door! Lol!
Pan Seared Tex mex Steak Tacos
- 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds chuck steak
- Kosher salt
- Weber brand "Carne Asada" steak rub
- *if you can't find the Weber brand use any coarse dry rub seasoning, add cumin, chili powder and crushed oregano
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
For Fluffy Flour Tortillas
- 1 1/2 cups flour sifted
- 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup shortening, melted and 1/2 cup hot water
You will also Need
- your favorite salsa or hot sauce
- shredded cheese I really enjoy the colby jack for these tacos
- mexican crema or sour cream with a little lime juice and salt mixed in
- shredded lettuce
- *Sides of rice and beans and lime wedges
- Season the steak lighty woth kosher salt on both sides. Then season the steak generously with carne asada spice rub on both sides and rub in with your hands. Place in plastic bag and marinate overnight.
- For tortillas, mix dry ingredients, set aside. In a bowl, add hot water to melted shortening. Gradually add the liquids into the dry ingredients until dough forms.
- Roll out 10 dough balls, flatten slightly, and transfer to a plate. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes. When ready, preheat griddle or comal to medium heat for 5 minutes. On a floured flat surface, roll out tortillas to about 5 inches. Cook on the hot griddle for about 30 to 35 seconds per side. Tortillas should puff up while cooking. Transfer cooked tortillas to a clean kitchen towel and keep covered.
- When you are ready to cook steak, remove it from refrigerator at least 30 to 40 minutes before so it comes to room temperature. when ready, preheat cast iron skillet to medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes. When good and hot, add butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Place steak in pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, without moving, on each side. This is for a medium/rare steak. If you like it more well done, add one more minute per side. Remove from pan onto cutting board and tent loosely with foil paper for 5 minutes. Slice steak thin against the grain. Warm the tortillas and serve right away. Yields 2 - 4 servings for tacos
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