You might think all tacos are the same in Latin America. Take a visit to Guatemala, order a taco and you might be surprised what you discover – not all tacos are created equal. When you host presents you with a food that appears more like a taquito by American standards, then the more widely known U shaped taco – smile politely and enjoy the diversity of a different culture.
On my next trip to Central America, I will bring back and share some of the best Latin dishes with you. The country is filled with diverse types of Latin cuisine. We will be able to explore some of the most amazing foods that we do not experience – living in a fast food word. In the meantime, enjoy my Homemade (non-Guatemalan) Tacos and Avocado Salad that feature two great olive oil combinations to bring the out the “sweet and spice” of life.
Mix in Bari’s Orange infused Olive Oil for the Homemade Tacos to bring out the sweet flavors of fresh pineapple, tomatoes and onions of the meat mixture. When preparing the Avocado Salad, mix in Bari’s Jalapeño infused Olive Oil to add a gentle spice to your flavor pallet. This meal brings a wonderful blend of sweet and spice to your family’s dinner table.
I hope you enjoy it as much as our family.
To get started you’ll need the following ingredients:
Bari’s Orange infused Olive Oil
2 pounds – Steak or carne asada
1 – Small pineapple (peel and cut in 1 inch cubes)
1 – Large tomato (chopped)
1/4 cup – Yellow onion (chopped)
2 tablespoons – Cilantro (chopped)
1 – Pickled jalapeño pepper chopped (optional)
2 – Limes
1 package – Soft corn tortillas
Mexican Sour cream
1/2 cup – Mexican shredded cheese
Salt and pepper
Directions: Homemade Tacos
Get Started: Heat up the iron skillet or grill (medium high)
Step 1: Prepare Meat
·Mix 2 tablespoons of Bari's Olive Oil, Pineapples, Salt and Pepper with meat and set aside. (make sure the meat is well coated)
·Cook meat with the pineapple for 5-6 minutes each side. (the juices of the pineapple will soften the meat and add great flavor)
·Once ready cover in aluminum foil and set aside.
Step 2: Prepare Topping
·Mix the chopped tomatoes, onions, jalapeños and the juice of two lemons, salt and pepper.
Step 3: Prepare Tortillas
·Warm up the corn tortillas in the iron skillet.
Step 4: Prepare Tacos
·Place meat mixture into a tortilla.
·Place topping onto meat mixture.
·Add sour cream and shredded cheese, to taste.
1/4 cup – Bari’s Jalapeño infused Olive Oil
1 – Large cucumber (chopped)
1 can - Black beans (drained)
2 – Large tomatoes (chopped)
1 – Red onion (chopped)
1 head – Roman lettuce (cut into small pieces)
2 ears – Sweet corn, husk removed.
1 – Large Avocados
1 – Garlic clove
2 – Large lemons
1/4 cup – Fresh cilantro (chopped)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Hardware – Food processor, iron skillet, large bowl
Directions: Avocado salad
Get Started: Heat up the iron skillet or grill (medium)
Step 1: Prepare Corn
·On a skillet: grill corn on the cob turning occasionally. (a little of burn edges are good for flavor)
·Remove from skillet and allow corn to cool.
·Holding the narrow end of the cob with a sharp knife cut off the kernels downward. (you can do this in a large bowl so kernels won't be flying away.)
Step 2: Prepare Salad
·In a large bowl: mix the black beans, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and cucumber.
·Set a side.
Step 3: Prepare Dressing
·In a food processor: mix the avocado, lemon juice, garlic clove, cilantro, olive oil, salt and pepper until smooth, use more of Bari’s Olive Oil for desire texture.
Step 3: Final step
·Just before you are ready to serve the Homemade Tacos, mix the dressing with the salad ingredients