CALIFORNIA LOVE FLANK STEAK TACOS

By Trent Blodgett

CALIFORNIA LOVE FLANK STEAK TACOS

Growing up in Northern California, the kitchen was the heartbeat of my house. I often found myself wandering in, drawn there by the amazing smells that made their way to my room. My Dad was the cook of the family, and he never hesitated to put me to work chopping, slicing and doing the dishes. I loved our time there together. His favorite cuisines were the heat packed flavors of New Mexico and New Orleans. Open the pantry on any given day, and bags of dried chiles in every size and color would literally spill out. To say he was a fanatic is an understatement, he loved his chiles and loved to cook for us, so they made it into practically every meal we ate.

California Love — All Purpose Chile Blend is definitely not as hot as what I grew up with, but instead is perfect for family taco night or a pot of chile con carne; bold in flavor and not too spicy. Use it in any recipe that calls for chile powder. Inspired by the flavors of my childhood, this blend is dedicated to my Dad, whose passion in the kitchen set me on my path of spreading love through food.

CALIFORNIA LOVE FLANK STEAK TACOS

With California love All Purpose Chile Blend, steak night will never be the same. Roasted Pepper Sauce goes well drizzled over rice, or even on tacos. Experiment and let us know!

Serves 2- 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes (includes time for resting the meat)

EQUIPMENT

Barbeque (propane or coals)

Kitchen Tongs

TIPS/THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Remove the steak from the refrigerator at least ½ hour ahead of time will help it cook more evenly
  • Don’t be afraid to season your steak well — using more seasoning than is called for in this recipe to coat your steak well
  • Cut your steak into portion sizes for ease in fitting onto your home grill
  • Make sure to slice against the grain (see below)
  • Try making homemade tortillas!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1–2 pounds Flank Steak (6–8 oz per person)
  • ~ 1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • ~ 1 Tbsp California Love — All Purpose Chile Blend
  • Olive Oil

STEPS

  1. Rub steak with olive oil and season liberally with salt and spice blend, coating all sides.
  2. Grill 3–5 minutes per side over high heat for medium rare.
  3. Let rest for 5 minutes so the juices can redistribute.
  4. Slice against the grain and serve with California Love Roasted Pepper Sauce.

CALIFORNIA LOVE ROASTED PEPPER SAUCE

Great for steak, tacos or even with rice & beans, this versatile sauce will give that “California twist” to any dish.

Makes 1 cup

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

EQUIPMENT

½ sheet pan or cookie sheet

Large mixing bowl

Tongs

Food processor or blender

Citrus juicer

TIPS/THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • It is best to use gloves when handling jalapeno peppers.
  • You can either roast the garlic with the peppers and onions or leave it raw for a more pungent result.
  • A hand-held citrus juicer (like the kind they use in bars) is a great all-around tool. Buy the yellow one (designed for lemons) — as it works just as well for the smaller limes.
  • When using citrus, be careful to strain the seeds, as even the smallest one can turn your sauce bitter.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 red bell peppers, trimmed and seeded, rough chopped
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, trimmed and seeded, rough chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 large onion, cut in half and peeled, rough chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced to taste
  • 3–5 Tbsp neutral oil, more as needed
  • 1 Tbsp plus 1 t for blending California Love All-Purpose Chile Blend
  • Kosher salt to taste

STEPS

  1. Heat oven to 400℉.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, toss red peppers, jalapenos and onions (and garlic if you like). with a 1 Tbsp of oil and all of the spice blend; spread onto a ½ sheet pan/cookie sheet.
  3. Roast for 30 minutes or until wilted and nicely browned (slightly caramelized).
  4. Let cool to a point where you can handle the ingredients.
  5. Add roasted pepper mix and the remainder of ingredients to blender or food processor and blend until smooth. It may be necessary to add a little more oil for a smooth and creamy consistency.
  6. Season to taste with more salt, lime juice.
  7. Serve immediately or store tightly covered in a refrigerator for up to a week.