Fajitas Speed Marinated in Coke


Picnic parties of grilled steak tacos are common in San Antonio. A Mexican city council friend made this family staple. The dish can be multiplied endlessly with fresh garden ingredients. Get everybody involved in preparing the condiments. Serve condiment bowls at long table so everyone can run the gauntlet and roll their own unique taco.
1 pound flank steak
8 tortillas, corn or flour

1/2 can of Coca Cola
1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce (double if not using Coke)
2 small lemons or limes, quartered
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, smashed
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes

1/2 medium onion, diced
1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced
1 cup salsa casera
1 cup refried beans
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup guacamole
1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup lettuce shredded
1/2 cup sour cream
1 Put beef into a sealable plastic bag or glass container. Add remaining marinade ingredients to bag, squeezing juice from citrus then toss in the peels. Pour Coca Cola, and swish around. Seal, refrigerate and marinate 1 hour, no more than 3 hours. (This can marinate overnight if using soy sauce in place of Coke).

2 Prepare charcoal or gas grill.

3 Put tortillas in tortilla-warmer, or between two wet facing concave plates. Warm in 275°F oven for 15 minutes, or until meat is ready to be served.

4 Grill meat over hot fire, turning once, about 6 minutes total for medium rare. Remove from grill and let rest for 5 minutes.

5 Slice across the grain cutting thin strips.

6 Serve with warmed tortillas and condiments in individual bowls.

servings  use metric
original recipe yield: 4 Servings
Notes NOTE Creative condiment ideas can include radish, avocado, carrot. Try seasoning each one uniquely - a little bit of ground cumin on onion, ground coriander on lettuce. See recipes for Guacamole and Salsa Casera.
Also grilled chicken marinated with the soy-based mix works in place of grilled beef.

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