Monday, April 12, 2010

Skirt Steak Tacos with Spicy Sour Cream

Definitely on a recipe roll lately, this one was another keeper! Miss Picky loves skirt steak. So I try to come up with some new ways to flavor it instead of the usual sauces I always use. Fine Cooking magazine had one that I bookmarked that looked really good. And Mr. Griller once again got to do the cooking part, making life much easier, for me at least!

No mess, no fuss. Works perfectly. Especially since he discovered the low heat setting opposed to the "char" setting and "holy shit get a fire extinguisher" setting of yesteryear on the grill!

Love a fast dinner that you can put together in less than an hour. Added a little more spice for more flavor. Forgot the lettuce, but added beans and corn. That was good. We used whole wheat tortilla's and the grill was off by the time I remembered to warm them, so we didn't. Not the biggest deal. At least to me. We had dinner before 7:30pm, that's an accomplishment here sometimes! We'll be having this one again and again!

Skirt Steak Tacos with Spicy Sour Cream
Source: Fine Cooking 104 – April/May 2010, recipe by Adeena Sussman
Printable Recipe

1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chile (I used about a tablespoon of sauce from a can of chile in adobo)
kosher salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (I used way more!)
1 teaspoon ground cumin (I used at least a tablespoon)
Freshly ground pepper
1 lb. skirt steak (3/4 inch thick) (I used a little less than 2 lbs for four people! and had the butcher pound it thinner in the thicker part)
Eight 6-inch flour or corn tortillas
1/4 small head iceberg lettuce, shredded (2 cups)
2 medium ripe tomatoes (8 oz. each), cored and chopped (2 cups)
1 medium ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/3 cup chopped red onion

*my note -- I also added some ground coriander, ancho chile powder and a little garlic powder to the rub! Black beans and corn go nicely on the side or in the taco.

Prepare a medium-hot charcoal or gas grill fire. Combine the sour cream, chipotle, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Set aside at room temperature to let the flavors meld.

In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Rub this mixture on all sides of the steak. Grill the steak, covered, flipping once, until medium rare, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer the steak to a large plate to rest for at least 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, warm the tortillas on the grill for about 30 seconds per side. Slice the steak across the grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Fill each tortilla with some of the steak, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and onion. Drizzle with the sauce and serve.


  1. These look GOOD! I know we will love them too :) Funny how our grill has those same settings when J cooks.

  2. LMAO - I have the same settings!!
    Looking good - love quick meals like that - and being tasty on top of it!!

  3. Love the recipe, the spiciness adds to the kick! Oooops, just hold the beans!

  4. Hmm...I like this type of light meal.

  5. I love anything with a kick! Never had skirt steak, but I'll put it on my bucket list :-)

  6. Great photos!!
    And I love your spicy sour cream. Can think of a lot of things to use this on, besides your tacos!

  7. This recipe sounds so tasty and good! I never think of soft shell "tacos" as tacos. I think they're something different. Sooooo, do you think this would work in crisp shell tacos? Or would the steak be too chewy to work that way? What do you think?

  8. This looks really good. I'm so glad I stopped by. I don't get here often but it is always a treat when I do. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  9. Yuuum! This looks wonderful! Just say sour cream and I'm in! lol Happy week!...Debbie

  10. Dear Carol, you had me in stitches!

    But I'm sure you know Mr. Griller and Jim are not the only lovable cavemen who opt for the same "Holy-Shit-Get-a-Fire-Extinguisher setting!"

    In any case, the wonderful colors and textures in your Skirt Steak Tacos look like a Grande Fiesta!

  11. Skirt steak is so flavorful and for tacos it would be perfect.

    Another great taco recipe!

  12. Carol, great description of Mr. Griller's grill settings.

    That is one tasty and good looking taco. I'm with Miss Picky; skirt steak is fantastic ... so tender and tasty.

  13. Wow, Carol, those look so good... wish I had been there! Love the fire ext. comment! LOL. I need fast and easy... can't remember the last time I made a real meal!

  14. Wow that looks great. We love tacos of any kind here. Mr. Griller did good and so did Mrs. Griller with the fixings! I'll give the spicy sour cream a try. Quick is a plus! We did taco salads this week. On the table lickety split.

  15. I love, love steak tacos but never make them at home! These would be great for a patio dinner in the summer!


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