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Carne Asada Taco Casserole - QVIEW

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
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.
post #2 of 23
Looks great.... PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 
Was tasty as well. Thanks.
post #4 of 23
Looks awesome, and i'll bet the leftovers would be great in a fatty!
post #5 of 23
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!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #6 of 23
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!
post #7 of 23


Looks great, and some fantastic, points.gif
post #8 of 23
I feel some points.gifcoming on
post #9 of 23
that looks very tastie
post #10 of 23
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! smile.gif
post #11 of 23
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.
post #12 of 23
By the way that q/view looks GREAT !!!!!!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #13 of 23
Yes, I would definitely like the address of that carnicerĂ­a. 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!!! PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #14 of 23
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 togetherPDT_Armataz_01_37.gif.
post #15 of 23
That looks great Caveman, anytime you can have BBQ and Mexican Food at the same time it has to be good...points.gif
post #16 of 23
That looks great! I need to try that one since I have a Trader Joes less than 1 mile from me. points.gif
post #17 of 23
Thread Starter 
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? biggrin.gif 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!!
post #18 of 23
Here is the address and phone number

2601 South Kentucky Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73108-7830

Get Directions
(405) 601-1886

heres what it looks like

Now back to topic.
post #19 of 23
Congrats on a great dish. Nice smoke ring on the Tri Tip too.
post #20 of 23
Great looking dish - gonna have to whip some of those up soon!
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