Tonight was one of those nights where I found myself famished while driving home and realized, Ah...crap. I have no groceries. Because I didn't get groceries this weekend.
Some weekends are like that, yes?
No? What? You plan ahead? You're organized?
Fortunately for all of us - planners and non-planners alike - this is a super-simple, quick, good meal.
Beef tacos. With soft flour tortilla shells.
Simple, fresh ingredients that take no time.
Which is good because otherwise, I might turn all hangry. And we all know that is no good.
1 package of lean beef loin strips
1/2-1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Mrs. Dash's Fiesta Lime Seasoning Blend, to taste
Dash of cayenne pepper
Dash of chili powder
A few red pepper flakes
Salt & pepper to taste
Large flour tortillas
Vegetables and garnishments:
-red bell pepper, chopped
-yellow bell pepper, chopped
-shredded Mexican cheese
-plain yogurt (trust me - it is delicious and tastes like sour cream...a much healthier sour cream)
-fresh lime juice
*Refried beans are excellent with these tacos, but I forgot to buy them when I was at the store. Also, the black bean soup recipe that I posted last week is fantastic with these tacos. I recommend cooking them down until they are nice and thick and then serving as a garnishment for the tacos.
1. Prepare all vegetables and garnishments and place to the side.
2. Warm the tortillas in a toaster oven at 175 degrees, or warm them in the microwave. Keep warm while preparing the rest of the meal.
3. Rinse the beef under cold water and then pat dry with a paper towel. Set aside.
4. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over high heat.
5. Carefully place beef strips into the saute pan to sear the meat (be extremely careful - the oil will sizzle and pop).
6. Season the beef with Mrs. Dash's Lime Seasoning Blend, cayenne, chili powder, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper. Stir well.
7. Stirring continuously, sear the meat on all sides for about a minute. Immediately turn down the heat to medium-medium low.
8. Continue cooking the meat for about 4-5 minutes or until desired doneness is reached. Do not overcook!
9. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside.
10. Assemble your choice of ingredients onto a warm tortilla and serve the tacos while the beef is still warm.
Have at 'em. Planner or not.
Happy Monday, friends!
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