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Mezcal-Marinated Steak Tacos

In this taco recipe, the steak gets a double dose of flavor from a marinade made with mezcal and the sauce from canned chipotle chiles. To get that charred-tortilla look, cook your tortillas over a gas flame or in a dry skillet.


2 tbsp. mezcal or tequila

2 tbsp. adobo sauce from canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce

1 lb. flank steak

⅔ cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh ginger

2 tsp. chopped red Fresno or jalapeño chile

2 cloves garlic, chopped

3 cups thinly sliced red cabbage

1 ½ tsp. fresh lime zest plus 4 tsp. juice (from about 2 limes)

4 tsp. olive oil

8 corn tortillas, charred

6 jarred Peppadew peppers, thinly sliced

⅓ cup Cotija cheese


In a medium bowl, whisk the mezcal and adobo sauce. Add the steak and turn to coat. Let marinate at room temperature, turning often, for about 1 hour.

Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high. Pat the steak dry; season with salt and pepper. Grill for about 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board. Let rest for 10 minutes, then thinly slice.

Meanwhile, make the gremolata: Finely chop the cilantro, ginger, chile, and garlic together. In a medium bowl, toss the cabbage, lime zest and juice, and oil; season. Build tacos with the tortillas, cabbage, steak, peppers, cheese, and gremolata.

Price per serving: $3.11