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What should i put on my taco?

lestblight Aug 5, 2010 11:15 AM

Making tacos

1. will be carnitas made with coke and served with Cacahaute salsa

do you think it needs some more garnish ? onion? cheese? etc?

The other taco will be skirt steak.

for a marinade im using the alton brown marinade found here


this one i thought i could load up with some more.. lets say salsa verde. and some cotija .

your thoughts or suggestions of pairings?

thanks !

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    katecm Aug 5, 2010 11:55 AM

    I like quick pickled red onions for some crunch and a bit of kick.

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    1. re: katecm
      mistysfinds Aug 5, 2010 03:11 PM

      yes. just onions soaked in lime juice are amazing

    2. c oliver Aug 5, 2010 11:56 AM

      If soft tacos, our usuals are rice, black beans, avocado, grated cheese and salsa.

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      1. re: c oliver
        Ruth Lafler Aug 5, 2010 02:22 PM

        I've never heard of putting rice on a taco.

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          c oliver Aug 5, 2010 04:18 PM

          I guess they're actually just mini-burritos and folded like a taco :)

      2. Ruth Lafler Aug 5, 2010 11:59 AM

        The traditional garnishes would be chopped onion and cilantro, with a wedge of lime, radish and/or pickled carrots and jalapenos and/or grilled or braised whole green onions on the side. If you want to use cheese, a pinch of crumbled cotija (or a ricotta salata if cotija isn't available in your area) is acceptable.

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler
          ChristinaMason Aug 5, 2010 02:28 PM

          Please stop; you're making me very hungry.

          1. re: ChristinaMason
            boyzoma Aug 5, 2010 03:13 PM

            +1 Me too! If I didn't have tonight's dinner all ready, I would be making taco's. Maybe that's tomorrow night!

          2. re: Ruth Lafler
            Foodielicious Aug 5, 2010 08:36 PM

            Ruth speaks the truth: chopped white onion, chopped fresh cilantro, and some lime (maybe some salsa, if you want). You've spent so much time and effort on the meats, don't mask them with too many condiments. You can always serve some other dishes on the side (beans/dairy/guacamole/salads/etc).

            1. re: Foodielicious
              Ruth Lafler Aug 7, 2010 06:59 AM

              Yes, I think what makes a great taco great it the purity and simplicity of it.

          3. JungMann Aug 5, 2010 01:16 PM

            Typically I put salsa verde on the carnitas and save salsa cacahuate for something leaner. It's a tasty salsa that I would pretty much leave to stand alone, maybe some pickled red onions and radishes if you'd like. When you serve the salsa verde, I think it fine to have something creamy like avocado or cheese to add another dimension.

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              lestblight Aug 5, 2010 02:36 PM

              Thank You

              the pickled onions sound great

              what do you think of the skirt steak marinade?

              1. re: lestblight
                JungMann Aug 5, 2010 04:00 PM

                It looks like a fine standard recipe. The amount of cumin seems rather small to add much flavor, though perhaps that's why he specifies laying the meat directly on the coals.

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                  lestblight Aug 7, 2010 11:41 AM

                  Think I'm going to add some achiote paste to bump up the flavor .

                  Not gonna cook on the coals . But like an inch away .. Couldnt get the ash completely out with the blowdryer.

                  Going to serve with some pan roasted tomatillo salsa
                  thanks !

            2. eight_inch_pestle Aug 5, 2010 03:31 PM

              Ruth nailed the traditional. I'm also fond of a little shredded or grated raw cabbage.

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