Chef Johnny Hernandez of La Gloria Ice House and True Flavors Catering recently created several recipes for McCormick & Company, including a savory treat called Ancho Adobo Tacos de Bistec with Grilled Corn and Tomatillo Salsa.
The spice company was in town this week to kick off its Asando Sabroso Tour, a multi-city sweep from San Antonio to Los Angeles designed to show off its new seasonings while offering grilling tips for the summer season.
The local stop was at La Gloria in the Pearl Brewery complex, where Hernandez’s staff offered up the tacos in a fundraising effort to benefit the scholarship program at the Culinary Institute of America’s San Antonio campus.
Ancho Adobo Tacos de Bistec with Grilled Corn and Tomatillo Salsa
Grilled Corn and Tomatillo Salsa:
3 to 4 ears fresh corn
3 fresh tomatillos, papery skin removed, rinsed well and diced (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 green onion, chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
1 radish, halved and thinly sliced (about 2 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons diced red onion
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon diced jalapeño peppers
1/4 teaspoon salt
Ancho Adobo Steak:
6 cloves garlic
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon powdered ancho chile pepper, such as McCormick Gourmet Collection
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 pounds boneless beef sirloin steak
3 boiler onions, halved
12 corn tortillas (5 1/2-inch)
For the salsa, remove husks and silk strands from corn. Soak in water for 15 minutes. Grill corn over medium-high heat 10 minutes or until tender and lightly charred, turning occasionally. Cut kernels off cobs (about 2 cups). Mix corn, tomatillos, cilantro, green onion, radish, red onion, lime juice, oil, jalapeño peppers and salt in large bowl until well blended. Cover. Refrigerate at least 15 minutes to blend flavors.
For the steak, place garlic, cilantro, lime juice, water, ancho chile powder, salt, paprika, red pepper, black pepper, and cumin in food processor. Cover. Process until smooth. Reserve 2 tablespoons. Place steak in glass dish. Add remaining adobo; turn to coat well. Cover. Refrigerate 15 minutes or longer for extra flavor. Remove steak from adobo. Discard any remaining adobo.
Grill steak over medium-high heat 3 to 4 minutes per side or until desired doneness, brushing with reserved 2 tablespoons adobo. Grill onions 2 to 3 minutes per side or until slightly charred. Grill tortillas 1 minute per side or until warmed.
Slice steak into thin slices. Slice onions into thin strips. Serve steak and onions in tortillas. Top with salsa.
Tips: Boiler onions are small onions with a sweet, pungent flavor. They are often used whole in recipes for stews, kabobs and roasts. If unavailable, substitute cippolini or small sweet onions. McCormick offers all of the dry herbs
Approximate nutritional value per taco: 399 calories, 11 g fat, 44 g carbohydrates, 39 mg cholesterol; 800 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 31 g protein.
Makes 12 tacos.
From Johnny Hernandez/McCormick