Guajillo Spiced Steak tacos + Quick Marinated Cabbage

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Guajillo Spiced Steak tacos + Quick Marinated Cabbage

Serves 4  | Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

 Tacos have to be one of my favorites dishes. This is just one of thousands of ways to have a taco.


 For the guajillo steak

  • 1 pound skirt steak, or hanger steak
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 6 guajillo chiles, seeds and stems removed
  • 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder (like Colemans)
  • 1 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1 tsp. ground coffee

For the quick marinated cabbage

  • 1/2 red cabbage, core removed and thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • To serve: toasted corn tortillas (for a grain free version try Siete) and slice avocado

For the tomatillo salsa

  • 1/3 pound tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 1/2 white onion, 
  • 1 clove garlic, skin left on
  • 1 jalapeño, stem removed
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro (with the stems)
  • Kosher salt to taste

Chef Tips

You can always replace the guajillo chiles with chile powder, to save you time.


Step 1 (for the guajillo steak)

Toast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, in a dry small skillet over medium heat, tossing occasionally, until very fragrant and just beginning to darken, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate; let cool. Finely grind in spice mill or with mortar and pestle; transfer to a bowl. Finely grind guajillo chiles. Add to the ground spices.

Season steak all over with salt. Season aggressively with the spice mixture; you’ll have leftover.

Step 2 (for the tomatillo salsa)

Preheat oven to 425F. Place all ingredients on a baking tray or dry cast iron pan, Roast for about 15 minutes.; or just until the tomatillos soften. Place in a blender with the cilantro and blend until somewhat smooth. Season to taste with salt.

Step 3 (for the quick marinated cabbage) 

Toss all ingredients in a bowl and allow to marinated for about 10 minutes. 

Step 4

Once you have all your items ready to go, grill or sear the steak to your desired taste. Allow to rest for a few minutes. And dice into even bite size pieces. Serve along side the tortillas, cabbage, salsa and avocado.