Tailgate Steak Taco!!!

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It is that time again, football tailgating season and the die-hard fans are out there supporting their teams 🙂

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This recipe is something that very easy to make, you prep almost all of it the night before and the day of you can just grill it up, slice and serve 🙂

I love cilantro so this has a lot of cilantro in it, but I use angel hair cabbage and made a slaw, then use creamy goat cheese which just made this taco delicious!!

You can some “Roasted Hatch Chilies” I got some sent to me from my cousin’s living in Colorado, they add a wonderful smokey spicy richness to the taco 🙂

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Ingredients for streak marinade

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blend it all in the food processor

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pour all over steak, over night in fridge

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grill it up 

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slice

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Slaw ingredients

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cabbage, jalapenos, scallions and cilantro and mixed together

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 whisk together, cumin, lime juice, lime zest, mayo, milk, agave & sour cream

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pour over cabbage and mix, this can be made the night before

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serve with floured tortilla and top with goat cheese crumbles

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Tailgate Steak Taco

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Marinade

1/4 cup lime juice
1 bunch cilantro
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 jalapeno, seeded if you don’t want it spicy

Place all in food processor and blend, pour all over steak and let marinate in fridge 6 hour to over night.

1 Flat Iron Steak

Grilled to medium rare. that is about 6-7 minutes each side over medium high heat.  Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing, slice against the grain.

Slaw

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
juice and zest of 2 limes
2 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. agave or honey
1-2 tsp. ground cumin (to your taste)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 bunch scallions, tops with a little white only
1 jalapeno, minced (keep seeds if you like it spicy)
1 10-16 oz. package angel hair cabbage
salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl toss cabbage, cilantro, scallions and jalapeno, set aside.

In a small bowl whisk together, mayo, sour cream, cumin, lime juice & zest, milk and agave, pour over cabbage and toss to mix, taste and add salt and pepper to taste.  Refrigerate up to overnight.

Small Flour tortillas
1 container crumbled goat cheese

Serve slaw on tortilla, top with streak slices and goat cheese.  You can have extra cilantro, sliced jalapeno or chiles for people to add.  Enjoy!!

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with the Roasted Hatch Chilies
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Mango & Avocado Salad with Spicy Honey Chicken

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I really do love mangoes and avocadoes together, on salads, as salsa, I think that for most part mangoes are a lost fruit, if people just knew how good they are and can be a great addition to any dish.

I know that it may not be the easiest to obtain that delicious yellow orange-ish fleshy goodness, but the more you know how to cut it open the easier it is.

How do you cut a mango?

Mangoes have long flat seeds in the center and the best way to cut them is by cutting parallel to the seed.  Using a sharp chef’s knife, start just off the centerline and cut parallel to the seed.  If you come into contact with the pit, follow the contours of the pit and continue cutting. You’ll get three pieces: the pit and two so-called cheeks of mango pulp.  You can cut around the pit to get more, or do what I do, I peel that center piece and eat the flesh around the pit, like you do sometimes with a peach pit.

Take the tip of your knife cutting down in lines up and down as well as sideways of each so-called cheek, by pushing on the skin side popping the cubes upward, cut cubes off at base of the skin.

Spicy Honey Chicken

4 boneless chicken breast, trimmed
2 tbsp. olive oil
ÂĽ tsp. cayenne pepper
3 tbsp. honey
1 ½ tbsp. apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to season

In a small bowl whisk together honey, vinegar and cayenne; set aside

In a large skillet over medium-low heat, add oil, season chicken both sides with salt and pepper, cook chicken just until light brown, then flip. Start basting chicken with honey mixture, flipping chicken to baste both sides often until chicken is cook through and juices run clear.

In the meantime make

Mango and Avocado Salad

2 mangoes, cubed
2 avocadoes, cubed
ÂĽ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tbsp. honey
3 tbsp. mayonnaise (use Greek yogurt to make it healthier)
1 tbsp. lime juice
1 tbsp. honey Dijon mustard

In a medium bowl whisk together honey, mayo, juice and mustard, fold in mango, avocado and cilantro.

To serve place chicken on plate and top with Mango and Avocado salad, this dish is great with pecan rice, just make rice however you make rice and stir in a ÂĽ – ½ cup of chopped toasted pecans.

Another way of serving this summer dish would be to plate a bed of lettuce, top with sliced chicken, then Mango & Avocado salad…Which ever way you serve it…have fun with it and enjoy!!!

Spicy Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Corn & Tomato Salad

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I love using pork tenderloin, it really is a no fail meat.  This rub is nice and spicy with Cocoa and espresso powders, great for a nice thick steak as well.

I am pairing this with a Roasted Corn and Tomato Salad…hope you will try it!

Chef Amy’s Spicy Pork Rub

1 tbsp. chipotle chili powder
½ tsp. cumin
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. espresso powder
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
2 tsp. kosher salt

In a small container mix all together well, this will be enough for 4-6 pork tenderloins.  You can rub as must or as little as you want.

Pork tenderloin, fat and silver skin removed, rub spice blend all over pork, grill over medium heat, turning as needed until internal temperature registers 145 with a meat thermometer. 

Remove from heat, tent with foil and let rest for at least 10 minutes, then slice and serve with Roasted Corn and tomato salad.

Keep remaining rub in an air tight container.

Roasted Corn and Tomato Salad

3-4 ears of corn, grilled, kernels cut off (about 3 cups)
1 container of grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup queso fresco cheese, crumbled
2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp. lime juice
zest of 1 lime
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
salt  and pepper to taste

If you don’t want to grill your corn, then just cut kernels off the cobs and in a large skillet over medium heat add 1 tbsp. oil, add corn and cook until soft, 3-5 minutes.  Cool corn slightly.

Whisk together lime juice, zest, vinegar and oil in a small bowl..
In a large bowl add tomatoes, corn, cheese and cilantro, toss with vinaigrette then season with salt and pepper.  Serve with Pork

Mango and Shrimp Salsa

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This recipe is from my Cinco de mayo class, it’s fresh and delicious, great for the summer!!!

1 bag Raw Shrimp 31/40, thawed, peeled, tails off
2 ripe mango, peeled, seeded, cut into ¼-½ inch pieces
2 cups jicama, diced
2 roma tomatoes, diced
2 tbsp. lime juice
4 tbsp. orange juice
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. sugar
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
In a bowl add all ingredients except shrimp, and chill for couple hours.  In a medium  sauce pan add water and bring to a boil, once boiling add 2 tbsp. sugar, yes I said sugar, stir to dissolve then add shrimp, cook shrimp just about 30 seconds until shrimp turn opaque, remove shrimp and add to a large bowl with ice and water to stop the cooking.  Drain shrimp, and chop, add to mango mixture, serve or chill until ready to serve.

I made mini tortilla chips for this dish, I took large flour tortillas, a 3.5 – 4 inch round cookie cutter and cut 4 rounds out of each large tortilla.  I then fried them in coconut oil, adding about 1/2 inch of oil to a large skillet, fry flipping them to brown on both sides.  Then place on paper towels and sprinkled them with a little kosher salt.

Everyone loved this recipe, it may take a little time, but its so worth it and everyone will be able to taste the love…

Other suggestions, use boston, bibb lettuce leaves to make a nice wrap, or just serve over a bed of lettuce as a fresh summer salad.
Add diced fresh pineapple as well, leave  out the shrimp, add the pineapple or just with the mango and serve with grill fish or chicken…Enjoy!!!

Red Pepper and Corn Saute`

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2 tbsp. butter
4 ears of fresh corn, kernels shaved from the cob (about 3 cups, or frozen)
2 large shallots, diced or 1 small sweet onion
1 red pepper, seeded and diced
1/2 tsp. sugar
salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsp. fresh cilantro, finely chopped

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter and add shallots, cook for 2 minutes, then add corn, red pepper, sugar, salt and pepper.  Cook stirring occasionally to prevent burning, until the corn is slightly caramelized, about 6-7 minutes, then add cliantro.

This can be served as a side dish, served over slice flank steak (recipe for steak will becoming along with cilantro lime cream sauce, the saute with the steak and cream sauce on top is delicious).  You can also serve this in tacos or wraps as well with fresh grilled chicken.  Place sliced chicken in a nice piece of boston or butter lettuce top with the saute and some fresh avocado, makes a great light summer dish.  This is also great served cold over a nice summer salad…Enjoy!!

Shrimp and Avocado with Mango Vinaigrette

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Mango Vinaigrette

3 tbsp. mango nectar
3 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
Add above ingredients to a blender or in a bowl and use a stick blender to emulsify. Set to the side.

2 mango’s, seeded and cubed
1 pound cooked med shrimp, peeled and tails off
2 avocados, cubed
2 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
2 green onions, sliced

In a large bowl add shrimp, mangoes, avocados and cilantro, fold just to combine then add vinaigrette to coat.

Can be served in martini glasses for an appetizer, or over a bed of romaine lettuce.