Eccentric, one-of-a-kind tacos always make for a good meal, but sometimes going back to the basics is the best move on a gloomy day. The Tacos Asados at Riviera Maya might not be the most colorful or jam-packed with ingredients, but they are delicious in their simplicity.
“Four soft steak tacos, served with onions, cilantro and salsa.” Similar tacos to this have been featured in our weekly “Taco Tuesday” series, but it’s important to point out how this specific set of tacos would have been exciting with the steak and tortillas alone.
The tortillas in and of themselves fascinated me right off the bat. Soft tortillas, especially corn, are my weakness, but they can often be a bit weak and fall apart under the weight of protein and vegetables. These however were stronger than a dam yet still tender to bite. Simply art.
The steak – the star – was delicately seasoned, highlighting the natural flavor of the meat rather than covering it up with a heavy rub or outside flavors. There were hefty piles of the steak inside each tortilla, and like I said earlier, I would have been fine just having the steak and tortillas as they were. Both in their more bare states tasted like a family recipe. Concentrating on the flavors as they were without the addition of the salsa and veggies (we’ll get to those) allowed for a greater appreciation of the making of the tortillas and the grill of the meat.
On to the onions (and cilantro if you’re into that), the raw textures of the vegetables gave that necessary crunch to give more dynamic to the taco. Verde salsa was provided as well as a lime, and everything together really warmed my heart on this oddly cool May day.
Remember: sometimes a little goes a long way.