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Cilantro Lime Steak Tacos with Habanero Mango Cucumber Salsa and a Tomato Cucumber Salad

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  • Jeff Zilch used lime gelatin in a seasoning blend for his cilantro-lime tacos; he tops them with a cucumber-habanero salsa.

       Jeff Zilch used lime gelatin in a seasoning blend for his cilantro-lime tacos; he tops them with a cucumber-habanero salsa.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer


Jeff's Tasty Taco Seasoning

1 tablespoon chili powder

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1 tablespoon lime gelatin

teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)

teaspoon garlic powder

teaspoon onion powder

teaspoon dried oregano

teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoons cumin

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

Cilantro Lime Steak Tacos

3 pounds flank steak (thicker cuts are better)

1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 bottle (12 ounces) beer your neighbor left at your house and you won't drink

2 tablespoons Jeff's Tasty Taco Seasoning

2 tablespoons minced garlic, fresh or jar

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon lime gelatin

teaspoon pepper

cup green onion fresh chopped

12-15 soft tortilla shells

For the taco seasoning: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. This will make more than you need; store, covered, in a cool dry place.

For the tacos: Mix the cilantro, beer, taco seasoning, garlic, salt, lime gelatin, pepper and onion in a nonreactive bowl. Add steak together and refrigerate overnight (or mix in the morning and let soak while you're at work).

When ready to cook, remove meat from marinade; discard marinade.

Heat grill to medium high and sear for 3 to 5 minutes each side for medium-rare. Remove from grill and wrap in foil and let it sit 10 minutes before slicing, against the grain, into thin strips.

Serve on flour tortillas topped with the Habanero Mango Cucumber Salsa and Tomato Cucumber Salad on the side.

Serves six to seven.

Jeff Zilch

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