Aaron Sanchez's Chimichurri Marinated Steak Tacos
3/4 cup Red wine vinegar
1/2 cup Water
1 tablespoon Sugar
3 Whole cloves
1 Bay leaf
1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon Ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Mexican oregano, dried, plus another 1/2 teaspoon
1 1/4 teaspoon Dried red pepper flakes, divided
1 Red onion, thinly sliced
2 pounds Skirt steak
3/4 cup Olive oil
1 cup Cilantro leaves, chopped, lightly-packed plus more for serving
1 cup Parsley leaves, chopped, lightly-packed
3 cloves Garlic, minced
16-18 Corn tortillas
1 cup Cotija cheese, crumbled

To make the pickled onions, combine the red wine vinegar, water, sugar, cloves, bay leaf, salt, black pepper, ½ teaspoon dried oregano, and ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then add the red onion slices. Let the mixture come back to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook until the onions soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Cover and set aside to cool completely, or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

When you’re ready to cook the steak, strain out the onions from the vinegar mixture and reserve ½ cup of their juice. Combine it with the olive oil, cilantro, parsley, garlic, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, and 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes. In a ziplock bag or large bowl, toss it well with the steak. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes or covered in the refrigerator overnight.

Turn your grill to medium-high heat and cook the steak for 2 to 3 minutes per side, flipping only once (the steak should pull cleanly from the grill grates when ready to flip). Remove from the heat and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing thinly against the grain.

Set each tortilla directly over a burner (or directly on the grill) on medium-high heat and toast for 1 or 2 minutes per side, until lightly charred. Fill them with steak and garnish with cotija cheese, some of the pickled onions, and cilantro.

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Try these steak tacos made with skirt steak marinated in a fresh chimichurri sauce from chef Aaron Sanchez.

Prep Time: 30 minutes + 30 minutes marinating

Cook Time: 20 minutes