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How well known are these outside of California? I know when I was a kid,
growing up in Minnie Soda, I'd never heard of them. It wasn't until I
moved to SoCal some 20 years ago that I was introduced to this bit of
deliciousness. When done right, there's nothing like it. The tender,
flavorful beef, the guacamole...makes me really miss the Alberto's of long
ago. Anyone familiar with the area knows there are a zillion other
'berto's...but for me, none of them tops the Alberto's that introduced me
to carne asada burritos. My sister recently called to tell me she was
craving one, but she hasn't been able to find any back east. So that got
me wondering...where are they a 'regular' menu item besides here?
Anywhere?


We have the original Alberto's chain around where I live. Iincredible carne
asada. Best fish tacos I have ever eaten.

Really great carne asada is well within anyone's ability to prepare. Your
sister need not do without.

Paul



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"Nexis" wrote in message
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How well known are these outside of California? I know when I was a kid,
growing up in Minnie Soda, I'd never heard of them. It wasn't until I
moved to SoCal some 20 years ago that I was introduced to this bit of
deliciousness. When done right, there's nothing like it. The tender,
flavorful beef, the guacamole...makes me really miss the Alberto's of
long ago. Anyone familiar with the area knows there are a zillion other
'berto's...but for me, none of them tops the Alberto's that introduced
me to carne asada burritos. My sister recently called to tell me she was
craving one, but she hasn't been able to find any back east. So that got
me wondering...where are they a 'regular' menu item besides here?
Anywhere?


We have the original Alberto's chain around where I live. Iincredible
carne asada. Best fish tacos I have ever eaten.

Really great carne asada is well within anyone's ability to prepare.
Your sister need not do without.

Paul


Where is it that you live, if you don't mind me asking?


I live in East Lost Angeles County ear Pomona.


She's been making them at home, but swears there's something missing with
the meat. Got a favorite recipe to share?


They all have a secret ingredient or two. I think part of the secret is the
meat, have the butcher slice the flank steak very thin. That's if you plan
to grill it. Otherwise cut it into slices or cubes for the griddle. Here
is a recipe I was planning on trying when it's BBQ season. It really looks
pretty close to the flavor of Alberto's.

Marinate a 2 lb flank steak for 2 to 8 hours in:

2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika

In a small bowl, stir together and set aside:
1/2 white onion, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 lime, juiced

Get an iron griddle screaming hot, lay on some oil and quickly saute over
high heat, stirring constantly, until the meat is cooked through and most of
the liquid has evaporated. You want to make a crispy crust on te meat so
high heat is a must. Lay a generous amount of beef over warm tortillas. Top
with some onion relish and serve.

I like to have some crema in a squeeze tube handy as well.


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kimberly wrote about carne asada burritos:

She's been making them at home, but swears there's something missing with
the meat. Got a favorite recipe to share?


I've found "Taqueria Tech" very accurate in replicating that kind of
near-street food. The site was defunct for some years, but has been restored
and can be read at www.bbqdan.com/recipes/TAQUERIA_TECH.html. Their recipe
for carne asada has these ingredients: flank steak, dried California or
pasilla chilies, safflower oil, finely chopped garlic cloves, finely chopped
white or green onion, lemon and/or lime juice, and (last but DEFINITELY NOT
LEAST) tequila.

Bob



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