I am building a taco library. Building anything takes time. It takes patience and in this case, inspiration. One day, I will have a taco library to brag about. For now, here’s taco entry #2.
For some reason, I like the idea of carrots and steak together. I thought of a tangy carrot slaw – which would be lovely. But, I wanted to show off the beautiful colors of these heirloom carrots. I thinly shaved them on a mandolin and baked them. Well, I fried some of them because I wanted them to be crispy. But in the end, I baked them so they would be included in the healthy category. (frying is more fun but takes the color away. Sad face.)
Tacos are like putting an outfit together. But like, back in high school when you tried new things to see if they went together. sometimes they did and it was magic and other times, well…
Luckily, this time was pure magic.
- flank steak filets for 3
- 2 limes
- one jalapeño
- 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
- one bunch cilantro washed, keep the stems!
- 8-10 corn tortillas
- ¼ c thinly-sliced red onion
- 3 heirloom carrots
- sea salt
- For avocado sauce:
- 2 large avocados
- juice of one small lemon
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon chopped jalapeno
- 2 tablespoons cilantro stems
- In the bowl of a food processor, blend everything for the avocado sauce. Taste when smooth and adjust the salt and lemon to your taste. Set aside.
- Make carrot ribbons on a mandolin. Toss them with some olive oil and sea salt. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until they become crispy. Set aside when done.
- Grill flank steak to medium and slice thinly - set this aside as well. Next, de-seed and grill your jalapeño and slice the lime in half crosswise, grilling that too (pulp side down).
- Next, toast your corn tortillas on the grill and remove when browned.
- Set out a "trimmings" tray with your fresh cilantro, grilled limes and jalapeño, sliced red onions, carrot ribbons, crumbled feta, and avocado sauce.
- Invite your friends to assemble their own tacos. Everyone has their method. You don't mess with the method!