Grilled Adobo Beef Steak Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Salsa and Tequila Pickled Red Onions

Grilled steak tacos get a spicy salsa marinade and are topped with tequila-kissed pickled red onions.

  • 1 hr
    30 min
  • 4
    SERVINGS
  • 672
    Cal
  • 25 g
    Protein

Ingredients & Cooking

Ingredients:

  • 1 beef Flat Iron Steak (about 8 ounces each)
Pickled Red Onions:
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1-1/2 cups thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
Salsa:
  • 2 slices yellow onion, 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro springs (about 1/2 bunch)
  • 1 can (7 ounces) chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon coarse grind black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
Tortillas:
  • 8 small corn tortillas, warmed
Toppings:
  • 1/4 cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • 1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese
  • 1 large avocado, cut into 8 slices
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges

Cooking:

Pickled Red Onions:
  1. To prepare Pickled Red Onions, add peppercorns and thyme to 1-pint Mason jar; top with red onions. Combine tequila, honey and vinegar in small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir in salt until dissolved. Carefully pour hot tequila mixture over onions, making sure to cover onions completely. Close jar; let stand for 1 hour or until mixture reaches room temperature. Shake jar to dissolve salt. Refrigerate at least 24 hours before using.
Salsa:
  1. To prepare Salsa, place yellow onion slices on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill onion, covered, 12 to 14 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, covered, 12 to 14 minutes), turning occasionally. Roughly chop grilled onion; set aside to cool.

    Combine grilled onion, cilantro, chipotle peppers, garlic, black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt in blender container. Cover; pulse on and off until pureed. With blender running, slowly add oil to blender through opening in cover, processing until smooth. Reserve 1 cup salsa; cover and refrigerate.

    Place beef steaks and remaining salsa in food-safe plastic bag; turn steak to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes.

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  3. Remove steaks from marinade; discard marinade. Pat steaks dry with paper towel; season with salt, if desired.

    Grill, covered, 10 to 14 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, covered, 12 to 16 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Keep warm.

  4. Place Cotija cheese and queso fresco in food processor container. Pulse on and off until cheese resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. Carve steaks lengthwise into 1 inch strips, then across the grain into 1/2-inch pieces. Divide beef among tortillas; top with reserved 1 cup salsa, pickled onions, cheese, avocado, cilantro and lime wedges, as desired.

Nutrition Information

Butcher Counter

Grilled Adobo Beef Steak Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Salsa and Tequila Pickled Red OnionsFlat Iron Steak Chuck Primal

Extremely tender, well-marbled and flavorful and great for grilling. Cut from the Top Blade.

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