We tried this recipe the other night and thought it was delicious. Go to your local Spanish market to find dried Guajillo Chilies. They are smoky with the perfect amount of spice. We sliced up flank steak fried it in short rib fat for the tacos and topped them with pickled red onions and jalapenos.We were inspired by recipes from "Sauces, Rubs and Marinades" and "Cooks Illustrated".
HOW TO MAKE IT!
Pulse cilantro, garlic, scallions, jalapeno, and cumin in food processor until finely chopped. Add oil and process until mixture is smooth and resembles pesto.Poke steak with fork 10 times on each side. Place in a baking dish and rub with salt and then cover with the herb paste. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.Prep the Guajillo salsa by placing the chilies into a pan with the hot water. Let these soak for a half hour until soft.Begin pickling the onions and jalapenos by bringing the vinegar, sugar, jalapenos and salt to simmer in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Wait until sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture over onions and cover loosely and cool to room temperature for 30 minutes.Save 1 cup of the hot liquid from the Guajillo chilies and begin to tear the chilies open. Discard some or all of the seeds depending on how spicy you like things.Heat a pan to medium heat and roast the garlic and onion for the salsa until they are dark brown.Combine Guajillos, 1 cup of the soaking liquid, the onion, garlic, chipotles, chipotle juice, cilantro, lime juice, and salt in a blender.Puree this until smooth. Snack on this while your cooking!
After 1 hour take steak out of fridge and scrape herb paste off steak and sprinkle sides with sugar and pepper.Heat oil and short rib fat in a nonstick pan for three minutes a side. Using tongs cook all sides of the steak until well browned. Transfer to cutting board and rest for ten minutes.Slice steak across grain into thin pieces. Pile pieces onto toasted tortilla and top with Guajillo salsa and pickled onions and jalapenos.
Enjoy with a Mexican beer or tequila drink and some Santana!!!