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Beef Street Tacos Recipe

Beef Street Tacos
We have really seen a rise in the amount of food trucks in the Upper Peninsula. One of my favorite types of food trucks are the ones that serve street tacos. They were so good that I decided to make them at home. This recipe consists of shredded beef and chipotle crema to make a delicious taco. The shredded beef is cooked in the slow cooker and gets a lot of flavor from seasonings such as cumin and chili powder. Fresh serrano and jalapeno pepper are added for even more flavor. The chipotle crema is just a simple combination of crema, mayonnaise, chipotle chilis and lime juice. Enjoy.

Beef Street Tacos

Beef Street Tacos

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs chuck roast
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1 serrano pepper (diced small)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (diced small)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Chipotle Crema-

  • 2/3 cup crema (or sour cream)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 chipotle chilis from chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Other-

  • Corn tortillas
  • Shredded cheese
  • Black beans
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Shredded lettuce

 

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl combine chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Rub the spice mixture all over the beef roast. Place the roast into the slow cooker. Add onion, garlic, and peppers. Combine tomato paste, beef broth and lime juice in a small bowl. Pour over the roast. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours (or on high for 4-6 hours) or until the meat pulls apart easily.
  2. Remove the roast from the slow cooker and shred It using two forks. Return the shredded beef to the slow cooker and mix with the juices.
  3. To prepare the chipotle crema in a food processor combine crema, mayonnaise, chipotle chilis, 2 tablespoons lime juice, salt and pepper. Process until smooth.
  4. Serve the beef on warmed corn tortillas with the chipotle crema and any desired toppings. 

Adapted from Paleo Newbie

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Marinade for Grilled Steak Recipe

Marinade for Grilled Steak
Let’s face it, steak tastes great with just salt and pepper but if you are looking for something a little different, this marinade for grilled steak if delicious. Grilling steak is one of my favorite things to do with an outdoor grill during the warmer months of the year. This marinade gives the steak of a lot of flavor with ingredients such as balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and tons of garlic. The steak should be marinated for at least a few hours to overnight. Using a ziplock bag works well and makes for an easy cleanup. Enjoy.

Marinade for Grilled Steak

Marinade for Grilled Steak

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

 

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl (or large ziplock bag) combine all of the ingredients. Place the steak into the marinade and allow it to marinate for at least 6 hours before cooking. 
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Taco Stuffed Manicotti Recipe

Taco Stuffed Manicotti
This recipe for taco stuffed manicotti is simple and easy to prepare for dinner, not to mention it has great flavor. Manicotti is stuffed with a taco meat and refried bean mixture and then placed into a baking dish and topped with green enchilada sauce and shredded Mexican cheese. You can top these taco manicotti with whatever ingredients you want such as black olives, sliced green onion, lettuce and tomato. Some other good options would be guacamole and sour cream. Enjoy.

Taco Stuffed Manicotti
Taco Stuffed Manicotti
Taco Stuffed Manicotti

Taco Stuffed Manicotti

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound 85% lean ground turkey
  • 16 ounces fat-free refried beans
  • 1 taco seasoning mix
  • 14 manicotti shells
  • 12 ounces green enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

 

Directions:

  1. Boil the manicotti for 8 minutes and drain. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey and cook while breaking up into chunks with a spatula until browned and fully cooked. Drain any excess grease. Stir in taco seasoning and refried beans and mix well. Cook until heated through. Allow the mixture to cool. Stuff the mixture into the cooked manicotti shells.
  3. Spread a thin layer of the enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange the stuffed manicotti in a single layer over the sauce in the baking dish. Top the manicotti with the remaining enchilada sauce.
  4. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees F. for about 25 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the cheese has melted. 

 

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Asiago Stuffed Meatballs Recipe

Asiago Stuffed Meatballs
Meatballs are amazing when they are stuffed with fresh asiago cheese. These meatballs use a combination of ground beef and pork. The meatball ingredients are mixed in a bowl and then formed into meatballs that are stuffed with cheese. The meatballs get a lot of flavor from garlic, parmesan, salt and pepper. You can fry the meatballs in the pan but I like to bake them in the oven, it is less messy and requires very little effort. You can use whatever type of pasta sauce you want for this recipe. I like marinara. If you cannot find fresh asiago you can use mozzarella instead. Enjoy.

Asiago Stuffed Meatballs

Asiago Stuffed Meatballs

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces fresh asiago cheese (cut into 1 inch cubes)
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. ground pork
  • 1 c. breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley (divided)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt
  • Pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl combine ground beef, pork, breadcrumbs, eggs, 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley, garlic and parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well using your hands until well combined. Scoop some of the meat mixture into a small ball. Press 1 cube of the cheese into the center, sealing tightly around the cheese. Place onto a greased baking sheet. Repeat until all of the meatballs are prepared.
  2. Place into the oven and bake at 350 degrees F. for 30-40 minutes or until fully cooked (the internal temperature has reached 160 degrees F). Serve with marinara sauce and cooked pasta. Garnish with remaining parsley and parmesan cheese. 

 

Adapted from Delish

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