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Coffee-Rubbed Steak Tacos with Pickled Red Onions

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Chili powder and coffee-rubbed steak tacos topped with pickled red onions, cotija cheese, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE ONIONS:
  • 2 whole Red Onions, Thinly Sliced
  • 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • FOR THE STEAK:
  • ¼ cups Packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Coffee
  • 1-½ teaspoon Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1-½ teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 whole (1 Pound Size) New York Strip Steaks
  • 12 whole Corn Tortillas
  • ½ cups Crumbled Cotija Cheese
  • 2 whole Limes Quartered

Preparation

1. Place the red onions in a small heat-safe bowl. Combine the vinegar, water, sugar, and 2 tablespoons of salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour the liquid over the onions and let them sit at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes, until the onions turn bright pink in color.

2. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Stir together the brown sugar, chili powder, coffee, paprika, remaining 2 teaspoons of salt, and the black pepper in a small bowl to combine. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large, oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Rub the coffee mixture all over the steaks, covering completely. Put the steaks into the hot pan. Sear the steaks for about 2 minutes per side, until a golden brown crust forms. Transfer to the oven and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until the meat registers 125°F on a meat thermometer. Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and let them rest for 10 minutes.

3. Slice the steak against the grain into thin slices. Arrange the steaks in the corn tortillas. Top each with some of the pickled red onions, cotija cheese, and a squeeze of lime juice.

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Ee El DoubleU on 6.20.2013

this turned out excellent, I was afraid the coffee grounds would be an issue with dental crevices, but to my surprise it caused little issues and overall the steak was great. I may have made sure, however to use a finer grind of coffee, an espresso grind maybe, or if you did what I did and ground your own coffee, add an extra 3 minutes to the grind you think is already fine enough – just to get those bits a little smaller…

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