Food & dining

Recipe for Oaxacan-style carne asada

Serves 4

You might not be able to re-create the atmosphere of the smoky alleyway in the Mercado 20 Noviembre, but carne asada at home couldn’t be easier. Grill skirt or flank steak and pork cutlet, then briefly grill tortillas. Add cilantro-flavored guacamole, lots of onion, and don’t worry too much about authenticity.

GUACAMOLE

2ripe avocados, halved, seeded, and peeled
Juice of ½ lime
cup water
Handful fresh cilantro leaves
Pinch of salt

1. In a food processor, combine avocados, lime juice, water, cilantro, and salt. Puree until completely smooth. Taste for seasoning and add more lime juice, if you like.

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2. Transfer to a bowl; cover and refrigerate.

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MEAT

½pound skirt steak or flank steak
½pound boneless pork cutlet, trimmed of fat
1teaspoon ancho chili powder, or another
favorite chili
1large sweet onion, quartered
1bunch scallions, tops trimmed
Canola or vegetable oil (for sprinkling)
4medium, mild green chilies, such as Anaheim
Salt and pepper, to taste
8large flour or corn
tortillas
1bunch radishes, sliced
1can or jar (16 ounces) nopales (in the Latin section of supermarkets)
2ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced

1. Light a charcoal grill or turn a gas grill to medium-high.

2. Pound the meat between two sheets of plastic wrap, using fresh sheets when switching meats. Cover both sides of the pork cutlet with chili powder. Transfer to a plate and cover. Refrigerate both meats.

3. In a bowl, combine the onion and scallions. Sprinkle with oil. Set on the grill rack with the chilies. Grill scallions for 5 minutes or until charred, chilies 3 minutes on a side, onions 10 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate.

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4. Sprinkle the meats with salt and pepper. Set on grill rack and cook steak about 3 minutes on a side, pork about 4 minutes on a side or until both are cooked through.

5. Add the tortillas to the grill rack. Cook about 30 seconds on a side; stack on a plate.

6. Spread a little guacamole on a tortilla and add meat and vegetable. Garnish with radishes, nopales, and tomatoes. Luke Pyenson