Carne Asada Taco Casserole - QVIEW

Discussion in 'Beef' started by caveman, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Went to Trader Joe's & picked up some seasoned Tri Tip Carne Asada. Was in the mood for some tacos tonight.

    This is how it looked after taking it out of the bag. It 2.82 lbs @ $18.30.

    I smoked it with White Oak & Pecan wood at an average temp of 230 degrees. I put it on at 6 PM & pulled it at 170 to foil it & let it rest.

    Believe me when I tell you that this meat is not burnt. That was some serious bark forming there. (Well, I kind of cheated. I added lump to my inner chamber to get my temps up. It came off of the smoker at 9 & rested for 45 mins.

    This piece was a little thick. I sliced it in half to be able to make some smaller chunks.

    A picture of it's juiciness & the little smoke ring.

    And more sliced pics of the smoke ring.

    Sliced into chunks for the tacos.

    A tiny piece with the bark.

    Now here's where my dinner took a turn. Instead of Tacos, I thought, why not a casserole. So, here is the glass dish layered with yellow corn totilla's. The dish was coated with some evoo.

    Add some meat:

    Yellow Onion:

    Black Olives:

    Sharp Cheddar Cheese:

    And finally some enchalada sauce. (If you noticed the dish got bigger, it did. Had to switch dishes as the smaller one could not take two layers of casserole. ) After the sauce, rinse & repeat.

    Now, you might be thinking, that sort of looks like tomato sauce. Well, it is. Ran out of enchalada sauce so I had to mix in a small can. Darn.

    Bake at 350 for 50 - 60 minutes or until cheese is thoroughly melted. Serve with your favorite refried beans, lightly covered with cheese & shredded lettuce with avocados. The avocados blended so well with the lettuce, you can barely see them but trust me, they are there. Enjoy.

    One thing, forgot to add the sour cream to the top of the casserole for serving. Other than that, the meal was quite tasty. The asada blended with the enchalada sauce I thought. I am thinking it was due to the strong flavor of the white oak. Thanks for looking.
  2. scpatterson

    scpatterson Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great.... [​IMG]
  3. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Was tasty as well. Thanks.
  4. danielh

    danielh Meat Mopper

    Looks awesome, and i'll bet the leftovers would be great in a fatty!
  5. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Man that looks good!

    I love Trader Joe's. There is one about 40 minutes from me, so I don't get there that often, but always enjoy shopping thre.

    Good job Caveman![​IMG]
  6. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i still can't get past the fact that after you cut up the meat you still had the fortitude to keep on going to actually make a dish.........i ain't got that sorta wll power!
  7. northern greenhorn

    northern greenhorn Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Looks great, and some fantastic, [​IMG]
  8. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I feel some [​IMG]coming on
  9. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    that looks very tastie
  10. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Sadly, the nearest Trader Joe's is 425 miles away from me. :(

    I'll have to find a skirt steak and an authentic carne asada marinade somewhere.

    Anyway, that looks soooooooo good! [​IMG]
  11. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    if you go to oklahoma city much there is a carnceria (mexican meat market) over by I-35 and I-40...they have great marinade that you could probably buy by the bottle. I have used them for carne asada when I go to midwest city to see my dad. Their "ranchera" cut is our skirt steak cut and was very cheap, or at least it was when I was there last year. I can find out what actual street it's on for ya if you want.
  12. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    By the way that q/view looks GREAT !!!!!![​IMG]
  13. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yes, I would definitely like the address of that carnicería. You can PM it to me if you want. Thank you!

    I used to eat carne asada tacos most every day from a "gut truck" when I was working construction in Los Angeles. I LOVE THAT STUFF!!! [​IMG]
  14. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man oh Man that look great and I love the change up in the 3rd inning. Then you went to the larger pan too. Man you are on fire there caveman. My wife makes someting like that but she calls hers a taco lasagne. I just know your is as good as hers so they are really good together[​IMG].
  15. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That looks great Caveman, anytime you can have BBQ and Mexican Food at the same time it has to be good...[​IMG]
  16. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    That looks great! I need to try that one since I have a Trader Joes less than 1 mile from me. [​IMG]
  17. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Trader Joe's. Yeah, that was my first time there. I thought their prices were a little steep. I was on the way home from picking up some lump from Wally World & thought about dinner. The asada was great but next time it is the butcher for me with my own marinade. Thank you for your comments.

    Heck, you would if you had a nine year old staring you in the face asking, "When will dinner be ready daddy?" It was a fun & quick dish to make. I enjoyed it. Thanks.

    Thank you sir!

    Thank you sir!

    Yes. It was very tasty. Thank you sir.

    And 425 miles is not worth a purchase at Trader Joe's? [​IMG] Just kidding. Thank you sir.

    My pleasure. Thank you sir!

    Yeah. I did not eyeball that one properly. I had to take the cutting board, place it on top of my creation, flip it, remove the small dish & recover with the larger dish. Then flip everything back over. My daughter thinks I "WOW!" LOL. Kids. You gotta love em. Thank you sir!!

    Yes sir. I agree. Thank you very much!!!

    The package I picked up, (and I should've taken a pic of the width of the carne), was very fat. The had two & I deplore thin carne asada. That is probably why the stuck my up for $18 for it. Thank you very much sir!!
  18. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  19. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats on a great dish. Nice smoke ring on the Tri Tip too.
  20. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking dish - gonna have to whip some of those up soon!

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