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I'm a Pepper!

Welcome to Texas Cooking, where we celebrate all things jalapeño. I finally got around to making this peppery stew - Jalapeño Beef Stew. I just used a package of regular stew meat, although you can buy a pound of chuck roast and ask the butcher to cut it into cubes for you.

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Dr Pepper Tacos

People have asked us for a taco recipe for years using Dr Pepper. It's a great marinade for flank steak creating a nice cola flavor. You can grill this and thinly slice the meat to create a taco platter for a party or tailgate. The avocado sour cream and pico de gallo are perfect compliments.

Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ pounds flank steak(
  • 16-ounces Dr Pepper (real sugar variety)
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tablespoons Texas Grill Blend
  • 12 flour tortillas
  1. In a large bowl, combine the Dr Pepper, garlic cloves and cinnamon sticks. Add the flank steak and cover with plastic wrap for at least twelve hours. Let marinate in the refrigerator
  2. Prepare and light the grill, turning heat to medium high. Remove the flank steak from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Season both sides with grill blend.
  3. Grill the steak for three to four minutes, or so, on each side. Flank steak should typically be medium rare, otherwise it gets tough. Remove from grill and let rest for four or five minutes, covered loosely with foil.
  4. Cut the steak across the grain (right angles) into 1-inch wide slices, or thinner.
  5. Serve hot with tortillas, along with avocado sour cream and fresh pico de gallo.
  6. Makes 12 tacos.

Notes: Be sure to cook over high heat, as this caramelizes the sugar from the Dr Pepper.

Kitchen tools you'll need: Oval Platters, Saucepans

More recipes: Beef Tacos, Jalapeño Cornbread.

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