The Meal Planner

Since I love our Secret-Secret Geography Club where we get together with two other couples each month and cook authentic dishes from a particular country, I really wanted to participate in the blogging event called Regional Recipes. This month is Mexico hosted by Wandering Chopsticks. I'm reposting this recipe since this was our Secret-Secret country last month and these tacos were fantastic.

When my husband Steve was just a wee tike (okay he wasn't that wee...he was more like a "tween") he went to Mexico three times to work at an orphanage. I haven't heard him talk much about his experiences there except for the food. If he could eat only one food for the rest of his life Mexican would be it. When I first met him he talked a lot about authentic Mexican taco's.

"So they're just meat, onions, cilantro and guacamole?" I'd ask.

"Yep...but they're amazing"

He wasn't kidding. Something magical happens when those simple ingredients collide with a corn tortilla. But they can't just be any corn gotta make sure they are good ones. I know that in the U.S. they are available everywhere, but here in Canada they are harder to find. We've tried corn tortillas from Safeway and they were so awful the texture was like rubber and the taste wasn't much better than cardboard. The corn tortillas we used this time were from our Asian Supermarket that carries a lot of International foods. Corn tortillas have been redeemed for me.

Recipe by Meal Planning 101

Serves 4

I used flour tortillas instead of corn in these pictures because that's what I had on hand.   I think they taste better with corn (and more authentic too :) )

2 lb sirloin or flank steak
Grill seasoning (or salt and pepper)
2 limes, cut into wedges
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 bunch cilantro
12 corn tortillas

Pico de Gallo (optional)

Slice beef thinly across the grain. In a frying pan over high heat add a tbsp of oil. You want the pan hot so it sears the beef. Add 1/3 of the beef, seasoning well with grill seasoning (or salt and pepper. Authentic taco's are made just with salt, but the grill seasoning gives it an added "oomph" that is really great.) When the beef is browned remove from pan; this should only take a couple minutes. Continue to cook the rest of the beef in batches. When the beef comes out of the pan squeeze lime juice all over.

In a dry pan over medium heat, warm a corn tortilla. We like to heat them as we make them so we keep getting up and down from the table to heat up a tortilla and then assemble and eat. If you don't want to do this, just put a stack of them on a plate with a damp towel over top and microwave for a few seconds.

To assemble a taco, lay beef across the tortilla and sprinkle over onions.  Squeeze a wedge of lime over.  Scoop on some guacamole and finish with a few sprigs of cilantro (as seen in picture at top). I'm not a fan of raw onions, so I like to eat mine with beef, guacamole, pico de gallo and cilantro (as seen in second picture). Serve with a side of refried beans.

Click here for printable version of Authentic Mexican Tacos.

Heck yes, these were amazing! I had authentic taco's once at my hubby's favorite Mexican restaurant and I found them somewhat bland. But these are so not bland. The combination of the lime and grill seasoning on the beef as well as the pico de gallo and guacamole make these so freakin' delicious. We both scarfed down as many taco's as our stomachs would handle. According to Steve: "This is what Jesus will serve us when we get to heaven"

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14 Responses
  1. Kelly Says:

    These looks so yummy! I can't wait to try them myself!

  2. Definitely reminds me of the tacos that were sold out of garages in Mexico where my in-laws live! They were so good!

  3. Hard to find tortillas. What a shame. I add a bit of cumin to my marinade, but really, it's the combo of lime with the beef that makes tacos so great.

  4. Kathy Blais Says:

    I used to live in Mexico, and I know what you mean... authentic tacos are the best! Can't wait to try out your recipe.

  5. dp Says:

    The "Mexican" food we get here in the US can be quite different than what they would eat in Mexico. Americans like to eat these mondo burritos stuffed with everything but the kitchen sink. But there is nothing that beats a simple, well seasoned taco. And yours looks wonderful!

    BTW, word verification was "insight"

  6. Yes, we Canadians definitely do the super stuffed burrito thing. Our big "Mexican" restaurant chain is Taco of my favorite burritos is stuffed with seasoned rice, chicken, tomatoes, lettuce and RANCH dressing. Since when did ranch dressing become Mexican?

  7. Vanessa Says:

    This recipe was a great hit over here. Nialle made the wraps with his famous homemade guacamole recipe. I loved the combination of flavours - so fresh and interesting.

  8. Richelle Says:

    These were amazing, made the Pico de Gallo as well! Very fresh, a nice change from our ordinary ground beef soft tacos.

  9. Awesome Richelle! I love how fresh tasting they are compared to regular tacos too.

  10. Jasmine Says:

    I love taco's especially with bean's and freshly made tortilla's. Has anyone got any recipe's for authentic Mexican burrito's?

  11. Michele Says:

    Ohhhhh man these are exactly like the ones that the taco truck cooks up in my neighborhood. Minus the guacamole of course =P

    Thanks for this, I just needed the little details, turns out they're oh so simple!

  12. Lindsey M Says:

    My husband served a mission in Mexico for 2 years and he made me tacos almost just like these. I never knew what type of meat to buy so thank you so much for the recipe! Tomorrow we're having a Mexican night with a bunch of friends and I'm sure these will be a hit. The only difference I know we'll make is my husband likes to soak chopped onion in lime juice. But I think I'll add a bit of lime to the meat like you did (not everyone likes onion). Again, thanks for the recipe!!!

  13. Unknown Says:

    Nice recipe, but your photo shows flour tortillas, not corn. There's a major difference!

  14. WriteCards - Yes I know that there are flour tortillas in the photos. I didn't have any corn tortillas on hand, but desperately needed to update the pics...I'll make sure to put a little note on it not to confuse people :)