Street Tacos & Spanish Rice

When we lived in SoCal, we could go to our local grocery stores and buy pre-marinated Carne Asada steaks. There would normally be steaks that are marinated in a citrus or ranchero flavored marinade. It was so easy to just buy them marinated and grill them up! But since we haven’t found this down here in the South, we decided to make our own marinade. We bought 2 top sirloin steaks and 1 flat iron steak and marinated them for a whole day! My husband made these for me on Mother’s Day and I was really impressed! 😍

If you know the way to my heart, it’s through food. Not just any food, a home cooked meal! I’d rather make dinner at home than go out to eat, especially when it’s a holiday weekend. We didn’t want to go out and try to beat any crowds on Mother’s Day 😂

As a side dish for our tacos, I made my Spanish rice in our rice cooker. I put the recipe below the street tacos pictures. We cooked the steaks up on our cast iron skillet, it saves all the juices. For the steaks, we cooked them medium/medium rare. First we seared each side for about a min and then cooked each side for about 3 mins. Making them on the cast iron is a fast dinner for sure. Also, I might need to hire my husband out as a taco man!

For the steaks, we marinated them with : 2 cups of orange juice, 3-4 limes (squeezed & juiced), head of cilantro chopped w/ stems included, 2 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 Tbsp minced garlic, 2 tsp onion powder, 2 tsp ground cumin, 2 tsp smoked paprika, 2 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp garlic salt, 2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. You can also put in Hoisin sauce if you have any on hand, about 1 Tbsp. All of these ingredients can be modified to your taste preference, exact measurements don’t have to be made.

We sliced them in half lengthwise to 1” thick. Marinated these for a whole day! Put them in a Ziploc bag and then took them out of the fridge for 20 mins prior to cooking them.
Fried up on our cast iron.
Sautéed up onions, Serrano and jalapeño peppers while the steaks were cooking.
Ready to be sliced up! Then we will rest the meat prior to eating.
Now we are going to assemble our tacos. My hubby made his Pico de Gallo and chopped up cilantro & onion to put on top of the tacos.

If you don’t have my Spanish rice recipe, I have more pictures and the recipe below that ❤️ I use our rice cooker so it makes the rice perfect every time. The rice cooker we have is the Oster brand. Here’s a link to it on Target’s website!

Added rice and ingredients to rice cooker.
Added water and stirred, turned rice cooker on.
All done!

Published by Melissa

A stay at home mom who loves to cook!

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