Spicy Shredded Flank Steak Puffy Tacos with Crema

Slow Cooked Shredded Flank Steak

Flank steak is dry rubbed, seared and then slow-cooked all day long in a crock-pot with taco spices, beef broth, lime and tomato paste until it’s fall-apart tender. I cooked this for my Mexican Inspired Dinner Party – the day before – so that all I would need to do was heat it up before the party. My crockpot kept it warm for me until we were ready to eat, without drying it out. I ♥ my crock pot.

In Mexico this steak is called “ropa vieja” meaning old clothes or rags, because of its stringy appearance. But don’t let the name throw you off, that’s as far as the resemblance goes. As it slow-cooks it soaks up all those incredible seasonings and the broth itself to render the most incredibly juicy, moist and melt-in-your mouth delicious steak that I have ever tasted. In my entire life.
Puffy tacos are made my deep frying corn tortillas until puffy pockets of air form. Light and crispy, they are a cross between a soft taco and a crunchy taco shell, yet un-like either. They are indescribably delicious and shed a whole new light on what I’ve come to know as a taco. Everyone at the dinner party loved them.

I like my shredded steak tacos unadulterated. Truly all that is needed is a dollop of fresh, crisp, clean-tasting crema to fully enjoy these. And maybe a bit of cool, crunchy lettuce. The steak can be used for puffy tacos, soft tacos, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas, tostadas, to make chili, nachos or even sandwiches.

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  1. Mo says

    Puffy tacos. It sounds both adorable and delicious at the same time. ;)A very new concept for me, and I love the slow-cooking flank stank so I just know that I would fall head-over-heels for these. :)I keep missing everyone's Project Food Blog posts but I already voted for you and I'm going to check out your post soon. Good luck with the contest!

  2. Kristin says

    This looks amazing. I will have to give it a try. I love the way the recipe is written out too. Very cute

  3. says

    Everytime I look at these, I just want to jump into my monitor! That is the best-looking taco I have ever seen, hands down!

  4. Federica says

    This recipe is really unusual and very special for me. It looks very appetizing and tasty. Bye dear, have a nice day

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