Carne Asada Tacos

In addition to his assistant winemaker duties, Dave is also our lunch time chef. He specializes in many different dishes but a team favorite is his Carne Asada Tacos. Well seasoned with his homemade marinade and chile salsa, these tacos are perfect with a glass of Papapietro Perry Zinfandel!


3 lbs. flank steak
⅓ cup white vinegar
½ cup soy sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 limes, juiced
½ c. olive oil
1 t. salt
1 t. ground black pepper
1 t. ground white pepper
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. chili powder
1 t. dried oregano
1 t. ground cumin
1 t. paprika

1 white onion
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 lime juiced

2 large tomatoes, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
1 white onion, quartered
4 cloves garlic, peeled
4 dried New Mexico chile pods
1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

1 (32 oz) package corn tortillas
2 cups grated cotija cheese (optional) <br. 2 limes, cut into wedges


Lay the flank steak in a large glass baking dish. In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, soy sauce, 4 cloves of garlic, juice of two limes, and olive oil. Season with salt, black pepper, white pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, oregano, cumin and paprika. Whisk until well blended, then pour over the steak in the dish. Turn over once to coat both sides. Cover with plastic wrap, and marinate for 1 to 8 hours.

In a small bowl, stir together 1 chopped white onion, cilantro, and the juice of 1 lime. Set aside.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Toast chile pods in the skillet for a few minutes, then remove to a bowl of water to soak for about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Place the tomatoes, 1 onion, jalapenos, and 4 cloves of garlic onto a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes, until toasted but not burnt. Place the roasted vegetables, and soaked chile pods into a blender or food processor, along with salt and pepper. Purée until smooth.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cut the marinated flank steak into cubes or strips. Cook, stirring constantly, until the meat is cooked through and most of the liquid has evaporated.

Warm the tortillas in a skillet for about a minute on each side to make them pliable. Arrange two or three tortillas on a plate, and lay a generous amount of beef over them. Top with a sprinkle of the onion relish and a large spoonful of the puréed salsa. Add as much cheese as you’d like. Garnish with lime wedges, open a bottle of Papapietro Perry Zinfandel, sit back and enjoy!