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.

Shredded Steak Puffy Tacos with Flank Steak

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Shredded Steak Puffy Taco Recipe
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  1. BeadedTail says

    I'm glad you started with that recipe because after I saw it, I knew we'd have to make it! It looks so good! Hugs to Moon!

  2. The Food Hound says

    The meat looks fabulous! I am a fan of flavorful meat, not just plain stuff, and this surely fits the bill :) I saw a Food Network challenge about the puffy taco but have yet to try it! Well done, I'm voting for you!!

  3. Brenda says

    I agree, these are the best looking tacos I've ever seen too and I'm sure they would be the best-tasting. Gorgeous pictures, as usual, Reeni!

  4. Kelly says

    Yum. I was really looking forward to the puffy tacos recipe. I have to say, I've never eaten one but they still intrigue me.

  5. Monet says

    I loved hearing about the name of this dish…it fits so perfectly and yet tastes so much better! This would be a delicious meal to share with friends. I love the idea of a Mexican themed party…and especially since yours came off so very well!

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