Carnitas-Style Grilled Beef Tacos
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Courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.

Carnitas-Style Grilled Beef Tacos

"Beef Flat Iron Steaks get big south-of-the-border flavor from cilantro, onions and tomatillos."

Marinade time: 15 minutes to 2 hours Total recipe time: 45 minutes Serves: 6


4 beef shoulder top blade steaks (flat iron steaks), about 8 ounces each

18 small corn tortillas (6- to 7-inch diameter)

Minced white onion, chopped fresh cilantro, lime wedges



1 cup prepared tomatillo salsa

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper


Avocado Salsa: 

1 1/2 cups prepared tomatillo salsa

1 large avocado, diced

2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 cup minced white onion

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

COMBINE marinade ingredients in small bowl. Place beef steaks and marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn steaks to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 15 minutes to 2 hours.

REMOVE steaks from marinade; discard marinade. Place steaks on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 10 to 14 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 12 to 16 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally.

MEANWHILE, combine salsa ingredients in medium bowl. Set aside. Place tortillas on grid. Grill until warm and slightly charred. Remove; keep warm.

CARVE steaks into slices. Serve in tortillas with avocado salsa. Top with onion, cilantro and lime wedges, as desired.