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Tequila Tacos

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2/3 cup tequila, preferably blanco, divided

1/3 cup soy sauce

2 limes, zested and juiced, divided, rinds reserved

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

1 pound flank steak, trimmed and julienned on the bias

1/3 cup sour cream

1/3 cup white vinegar

8 whole-grain taco-sized tortillas (Chef s Note: flour or corn tortillas are acceptable)

2 cups Taco Slaw, recipe follows

3/4 cup small diced white onion

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1/3 cup grated Cotija cheese

Taco Slaw:

1 carrot, grated

1/2 head green cabbage, shredded

1/4 cup sliced green onions

1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves

1/4 cup chopped jalapenos (Chef s Note: pickled jalapenos are optional)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

1/3 cup white vinegar


  1. In a nonreactive bowl, combine 1/3 cup of the tequila, the soy sauce, the zest and juice of 1 lime, the cumin, and freshly cracked black pepper. Add the steak to the marinade and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, or refrigerate it for no longer than 1 hour.
  2. In a small bowl combine the remaining lime zest, lime juice and sour cream. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Strain the steak from the marinade. Pour the marinade into small saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Let it simmer until it reduces by a third, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the steak and cook until it barely starts to brown. Switch off the heat, then add the marinade reduction, the white vinegar, and the remaining tequila.
  5. Prepare the taco shells, either by frying or heating in an oven.
  6. For service, rub the shells with the reserved lime rinds. Add the some of the beef, taco slaw, sour cream and onions to each taco. Garnish with the cilantro and Cotija cheese. Serve and enjoy!

Taco Slaw:

  1. Prepare all the vegetables and add to a large bowl. Season them with the salt and pepper and add the vinegar. Toss to combine.