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Carnage-less Asada

What you need: 

Marinade Ingredients:
Juice of 2-3 medium limes
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
2-3 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/3 medium onion, sliced or minced
1 handful of cilantro, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander (optional)
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt
a few grinds of fresh pepper
salt to taste
1 package (8 ounces) beefless beef strips (I like Gardein or Trader Joe's)
6 corn tortillas
1 tablespoon oil

What you do: 

1. Mix all the marinade ingredients in a glass, non-metallic bowl or zip lock bag. Add in your beefless strips and coat pieces evenly. Marinate for at least 4 hours or up to 2 days. I prefer the latter as it seriously infuses the "meat" with lots of flavor. If you're making this for non-veg friends go for the gold and marinate for at least a day. They will be amazed.
2. In a hot skillet, over medium-high heat add 1 tablespoon of oil. Carefully add the beefless strips (with or without the onions from the marinade) and cook until slightly charred and browned, about 7-10 minutes, stirring often. Once you get a nice crispy edge, pour a little of the marinade (about 1/3 - 1/2 cup) on the strips to infuse more flavor, and de-glaze the pan. Be sure to allow the marinade to evaporate or you'll lose the crisp edges.
3. Once cooked thoroughly, remove from heat and allow to rest for a few minutes. Finally, chop the strips into bite sized pieces and serve in piping hot tortillas with your favorite toppings.
Toppings I like:
* fresh cilantro, roughly chopped * fresh onions, diced * fresh lime wedges * Tapatio or your favorite hot sauce or salsa * Fresh guacamole (see my recipe)
Source of recipe: This recipe is from my dad. We used to have carne asada BBQ cook outs almost every weekend when I was growing up.

Preparation Time: 
1 day , Cooking time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
20 minutes
Servings: 
2-4
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

Trader Joe's "beef"... bleh, brown rubber.  This recipe really turned those strips around!  Thanks for the recipe! 

Must try!!! I think those "Beef" strips are kinda whack as well, but VA is an amazing cook and I know her recipes are gonna be legit <3 Bookmarked!

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After 2 days of soaking I finally made it for lunch and it was AWESOME! I guess my limes weren't very juicy so I didn't have all the liquid but flavor was still great.  I am not too big on fake meats and when I tried a nibble of the uncooked Trader Joe's "beef"... bleh, brown rubber.  This recipe really turned those strips around!  Thanks for the recipe!  :D

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Remove the strips from the marinade and shake off any excess liquid. If you're going to sear this stuff, you'll want most of the liquid off. Brown it as you like, and then baste it with the left over marinade or pour it into the pan and let the strips soak some up. There should be plenty if you used a few limes.  There's no broth or other liquid involved.

I seasoned the strips last night and their flavors are developing as we speak, but what is this marinade I'm supposes to pour later on? There is no mention of adding a liquid. Was I supposed to add water or broth to the seasoning and if so how much?

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I seasoned the strips last night and their flavors are developing as we speak, but what is this marinade I'm supposes to pour later on? There is no mention of adding a liquid. Was I supposed to add water or broth to the seasoning and if so how much?

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