ANOTHER AWESOME TACO RECIPE

DELICIOUS TACOS RECIPE

ANOTHER AWESOME TACO RECIPE

I absolutely love a good taco!  I’m actually starting to feel like I’m the queen of cajun styled, spicy tacos. 

Which is why I want you to feast your eyes, on this GREATNESS of a taco to your right.  

Yess, I know I say that far too often but its so true.  I promise!  This taco came out so good — that I ate them five days in a row.  God help me..

Usually, I always default to a creamy cilantro sauce made of sour cream, cilantro and lime for delicious drizzle.  However, I thought I would do something different, a bit more smokey and without lime.

cajun shrimp taco close up

I threw some of my favorite ingredients in a nutri-bullet and blended to my hearts content.  From this creation, came the most delicious compliment to a steak, shrimp, chicken or fajita taco.  The sauce is definitely a winner, but that’s not the reason we’re here.  You’re here because I marinated flank steak and smoked out some sweet yellow corn and made a banger of a taco.  

Even better, I tried what is known as the vampire taco, to add some pizzaz to the tortillas and found joy all over again.  Needless to say, I ate a lot of tacos over the course of a week’s time.  The tacos I’ve created were largely influenced by Yardhouse’s Vampire taco and also Tasty’s version of the vampire taco.  I did switch up the seasonings for the taco quite a bit, largely because I didn’t want to purchase any new seasonings for one recipe, and I’m starting to wonder if maybe I should have..

shrimp and steak tacos

 

I also opted to use a four cheese blend with Monterey Jack, Mild Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla and Asadero cheese rather than just cheddar cheese — so if you have an opportunity to try these delicious ingredients between the a taco shell also referred to as the “vampire taco,” I would highly suggest it.  Definitely a win.

Another point to make, that I think makes these tacos so delicious is that there arent too many ingredients overpowering the taste and making themselves front and center.  The sweet corn is sautéed in smoked paprika and really compliments the pico de gallo and guacamole (should you choose to add it.)  I believe the reason why this steak doesn’t need to many ingredients is because the meat has been marinated and has its own delicious flavor.  The corn and pico de gallo really just give that citrus and crunch factor that takes it from good to great.

Like many of my favorite taco recipes, this wouldn’t be complete without pico de gallo.  Pico de gallo, in my opinion is the most amazing compliment! The citrus in the tomatoes and lime, the cilantro and the red onions with a splash of salt and pepper make the best mix.

There are salsa alternatives if pico de gallo is not your thing!  If you prefer something a bit spicier with a little bit of a kick,   or like the sweet citrusy flavor of mango in your salsa, you could try a delicious Tomatillo-Serrano salsa, a  Salsa Verde, a Mango Habanero salsa! The possibilities are endless!

In the ingredients section below, I include instructions for the preparation of the meat, the sweet yellow corn mix and the pico de gallo — just as I used in this recipe. 

I’ve also included instructions for how I prepared the “vampire taco” if you’d like to know how I accomplished that as well.  If you just want a simple taco, like what’s shown in the images, you can simply sauté a corn tortilla on both sides and enjoy as is. 

My suggestion, dont short yourself of the experience, give the vampire taco a shot! ;) 

 

 

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Yields1 Serving

Marinade For Steak or Chicken, or both !
 1 lb Flank Steak Or Chicken, if both — Use separate bags
 ½ cup Soy Sauce
 1 tbsp Onion Powder
 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
 ½ tbsp Smoked Paprika
 1 tsp Cumin
Shrimp Seasoning
 1 lb Shrimp, Deveined
 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
 Salt to taste
 Pepper to taste
Sweet Yellow Corn
 1 cup Sweet Yellow Corn
 ½ Bell Pepper, chopped
 ½ Scallion, chopped
 ½ tbsp Olive oil
Pico De Gallo
 3 Roma Tomatoes or Garden Tomatoes, diced and seeded
 ½ Jalapeno Pepper, chopped and seeded
 ½ cup Red Onion, chopped
 ½ Cilantro, chopped
 1 Lime, juiced
 Salt and pepper to taste
Taco Shells
 1 Bag of Corn tortillas
 1 Bag of 4 Cheese Mexican Blend, (optional)
 Vegetable Oil

1

Combine marinade ingredients in a ziplock bag and add your meat of choice to sit in the fridge overnight. If you are choosing to use both chicken and beef, add to two separate ziplock bags and marinate overnight.

2

In a small saucepan on medium heat, add olive oil, bell peppers and shallots. Sauté until just about translucent, then add yellow corn. Once you have added the yellow corn, adjust the heat to medium-high and stir until corn has a beautiful brown color on some of the kernels. Reduce heat to its lowest temperature and allow to rest.

3

Combine all ingredients for Pico de Gallo in a bowl and mix well. Place in fridge and allow to chill.

4

Once meat has marinated in the fridge, in a nonstick or cast iron skillet on medium eat, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Once the vegetable oil has become hot, cover the bottom of the skillet entirely by swirling the oil around the skillet.

Add the steak to the skillet and cook on both sides for two to three minutes at a time. Remove from heat and allow to rest for 3-5 minutes.

If you are cooking chicken, add the chicken to the skillet and cook you see the beautiful golden brown color similar to fajita style grilled foods.

5

To make Vampire tacos: In a nonstick skillet, coat the skillet with a nonstick spray or very small amount of butter. Add one tortilla, coat with a layer of cheese and then cover with another tortilla.

Cook tortilla until golden brown on one side, then flip and repeat the process on the other side. Repeat the process for as many tacos as you’d wish to eat.

Assemble all taco ingredients: Meat, corn and salsa and enjoy!

Ingredients

Marinade For Steak or Chicken, or both !
 1 lb Flank Steak Or Chicken, if both — Use separate bags
 ½ cup Soy Sauce
 1 tbsp Onion Powder
 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
 ½ tbsp Smoked Paprika
 1 tsp Cumin
Shrimp Seasoning
 1 lb Shrimp, Deveined
 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
 Salt to taste
 Pepper to taste
Sweet Yellow Corn
 1 cup Sweet Yellow Corn
 ½ Bell Pepper, chopped
 ½ Scallion, chopped
 ½ tbsp Olive oil
Pico De Gallo
 3 Roma Tomatoes or Garden Tomatoes, diced and seeded
 ½ Jalapeno Pepper, chopped and seeded
 ½ cup Red Onion, chopped
 ½ Cilantro, chopped
 1 Lime, juiced
 Salt and pepper to taste
Taco Shells
 1 Bag of Corn tortillas
 1 Bag of 4 Cheese Mexican Blend, (optional)
 Vegetable Oil

Directions

1

Combine marinade ingredients in a ziplock bag and add your meat of choice to sit in the fridge overnight. If you are choosing to use both chicken and beef, add to two separate ziplock bags and marinate overnight.

2

In a small saucepan on medium heat, add olive oil, bell peppers and shallots. Sauté until just about translucent, then add yellow corn. Once you have added the yellow corn, adjust the heat to medium-high and stir until corn has a beautiful brown color on some of the kernels. Reduce heat to its lowest temperature and allow to rest.

3

Combine all ingredients for Pico de Gallo in a bowl and mix well. Place in fridge and allow to chill.

4

Once meat has marinated in the fridge, in a nonstick or cast iron skillet on medium eat, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Once the vegetable oil has become hot, cover the bottom of the skillet entirely by swirling the oil around the skillet.

Add the steak to the skillet and cook on both sides for two to three minutes at a time. Remove from heat and allow to rest for 3-5 minutes.

If you are cooking chicken, add the chicken to the skillet and cook you see the beautiful golden brown color similar to fajita style grilled foods.

5

To make Vampire tacos: In a nonstick skillet, coat the skillet with a nonstick spray or very small amount of butter. Add one tortilla, coat with a layer of cheese and then cover with another tortilla.

Cook tortilla until golden brown on one side, then flip and repeat the process on the other side. Repeat the process for as many tacos as you’d wish to eat.

Assemble all taco ingredients: Meat, corn and salsa and enjoy!

vampire taco

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