Thursday, November 14, 2013

Crockpot Carne Asada Nachos

Kay, I know this isn't carne asada (a grilled steak), but that is the name from How Sweet It Is where this recipe is posted. It looked so good and easy. I made it a bit different. I had the meat cooked and then all the toppings (including Queso Fresco as the cheese) on the side since everyone likes different stuff. And I just cubed the avocado instead of making a guacamole. Lastly, I just served the tortilla chips on the side since I don't like when they get soggy under the juicy meat. It has lots of flavor and Elisa couldn't stop raving over it.

Crockpot Carne Asada Nachos

1.5 lb. flank steak
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
1 t. smoked paprika
1 t. onion powder
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. chili powder
1/4 t. ground cumin
2 T. olive oil
8 oz. beef broth
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
1 ripe avocado
1 lime, juiced
1/2 c. fresh cilantro, torn
1 bag of tortilla chips
8 oz. of monterey jack cheese, freshly grated
1/2 c. sweet corn
1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 c. sour cream or plain yogurt
In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder and cumin. Whisk it together to create a rub, then evenly pat it all over both sides of the flank steak. Heat a large skillet over high heat and add olive oil. Add the flank steak and sear it on both sides until it is golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Remove the steak and place it in the crockpot. Cover it with beef broth and balsamic vinegar, then cover the pot and cook the steak on low for 6 hours.

After 6 hours, remove the steak from the liquid and place it on a cutting board to rest for 15 minutes. Slice against the grain, cutting it into thin strips - it may be tender from the crockpot and fall apart, and that is fine.

In a small bowl, mash the avocado with the lime juice, half of the cilantro and a pinch of salt. Set it aside.

Layer the chips on a baking sheet or dish. Cover them with half of the cheese, then add the corn and the steak. Add the rest of the cheese. Turn the broiler in your oven to high, and place the nachos underneath, cooking only until the cheese is golden and bubbly, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the nachos and immediately cover them with the tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream and remaining cilantro. Serve immediately.

1 comment:

  1. Delicious!

    Hope you are doing well this semester! Think of you often.


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