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Cider Flank Steak Tacos with Red Cabbage Apple Slaw

Full of great texture and even better flavors, these Tacos are sure to be a winner in your house too!

Cider Flank Steak Tacos with Red Cabbage Apple Slaw | Fabtastic Eats

It’s Friday, we’re halfway through November, Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. I haven’t even begun to think about Christmas shopping. Well, that’s a lie, I’ve thought about it, but I haven’t even started to put together a list of what to get for who..and then actually going shopping for it.

Cider Flank Steak Tacos with Red Cabbage Apple Slaw | Fabtastic Eats

In years past, I usually wait until after Thanksgiving, Christmas shopping has always been enjoyable for me, I consider it part of the holidays..just like sugar cookie making parties and Pierogi parties in our family, I really love Christmas shopping. I love theΒ  decorations in the stores, especially the malls, I love the lights and the Christmas music, I love the general atmosphere, I love the red cup and a hot latte while doing it, I love buying gifts for everyone else. And most of the time, I don’t really mind the hussle and bussle either, though I do wish more people would slow down and appreciate whats around them..since it only lasts a month..this year, less.

Cider Flank Steak Tacos with Red Cabbage Apple Slaw | Fabtastic Eats

Nonetheless, The time between Thanksgiving and New Years is my most favorite, favorite, FAVORITE time of year. I get giddy with excitement just thinking about it. Living in a hotel through the holidays this year is going to kill me, I’m already so sad thinking about it, BUT I’m going back to Maine for a week in December, and I know my moms house will be full of Christmas cheer..the movies, the music, the cookies, the cocktails..I could not be more excited just thinking about it!

Cider Flank Steak Tacos with Red Cabbage Apple Slaw | Fabtastic Eats

Well I guess all this Christmas talk and Tacos don’t exactly mix, but so what? You still need to eat food during the holidays, its not all about the sweets. (Is It?) Plus you will love these tacos! Why? Because I said so! No, because they are full of texture, the red cabbage and the sliced apples add loads of crunch, and they’re tossed in an apple cider vinaigrette. Flavaa flaaav. (I miss the old MTV…the real MTV) The steak soaks in an apple cider marinade..clearly we’re all about the apple cider here, and its fantastic!

Cider Flank Steak Tacos with Red Cabbage Apple Slaw | Fabtastic Eats

Cook the steak, assemble the tacos, and add whatever toppings you so desire. I threw on some gorgonzola because I love it and am going through a huge gorgonzola craze currently, but I definitely think Cotija would be a perfect option and is nowhere near as strong as gorgonzola, but equally as tasty..it’s actually one of my favorite cheeses for tacos! So, since you need a little real food in your life this time of year, definitely add these tacos to your dinner menu!

Cider Flank Steak Tacos with Red Cabbage Apple Slaw | Fabtastic Eats

Cider Flank Steak Tacos with Red Cabbage Apple Slaw

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6-8 Tacos

Cider Flank Steak Tacos with Red Cabbage Apple Slaw

Full of great texture and even better flavors, these Tacos are sure to be a winner in your house too!

Ingredients

    For the Slaw
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 2 cups sliced red cabbage
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • For the Cider Marinade
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds sliced flank steak
  • 6-8 6" Flour Tortillas
  • 1/4 cup gorgonzola (optional) OR Cotija if you're not a fan or the Gorgonzola
  • Small handful cilantro, roughly chopped (optional)

Directions

  1. To make the slaw, whisk together in a large bowl the vinegars, brown sugar, olive oil, and a dash of salt and pepper.
  2. Add in the sliced red cabbage and apple slices and toss to coat. Set aside for 30-40 minutes while you marinate the steak. (Stir a few times so all the juices don't just settle on the bottom. You want a good coat of them on the slaw.)
  3. To make the cider marinade, whisk together the apple cider, vinegar, dijon, thyme, oil, brown sugar, and a dash each of salt and pepper.
  4. Add the sliced flank steak, toss to fully coat. Marinate for 30 minutes on the counter. Toss occasionally so all the steaks get an even coat of the marinade.
  5. When ready, heat a skillet over high heat. Using Tongs, add the flank steak, being sure not to over crowd them in the pan. (Do them in two batches if necessary.)
  6. If they're sliced thin, which is how they usually come, you'll only need to cook them 2-3 minutes on each side before they're ready.
  7. Once ready to assemble, heat your tortillas in the microwave, wrapped with a paper towel, if you like them warm.
  8. Add 2 slices of the steak to each tortilla followed by a good helping of the slaw. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro and a small amount of gorgonzola. (If you don't like gorgonzola, Cotija is a great alternative!)

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12 Comments

  • Reply Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    Alaina — these are so so pretty! And I think they totally look like Christmas. Question: What brand are those tortillas? They look like a really good quality.

    November 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Thank you so much!!
      The tortillas are just ‘Mission Flour Tortillas”

      November 17, 2013 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Tracey

    Mmmmm, flank steak – one of my favorites! I love the flavor combo going on here but picky husband wouldn’t touch it so I’ll have to wait until he’s out one night to try these πŸ™‚

    November 17, 2013 at 10:07 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      hahah yah sometimes it takes a little convincing to get my husband to try certain things too!

      November 18, 2013 at 9:33 pm
  • Reply Maria

    Your photography is beautiful. The taco recipe is something I’ll definitely try. Thanks!

    November 25, 2013 at 9:35 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Oh than you SO much! I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

      November 26, 2013 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Nutmeg Nanny

    Oh wow, these look so tasty! I love the idea of these flavors together πŸ™‚ yum!

    November 26, 2013 at 7:28 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Totally unexpected, but awesome! Thanks!

      November 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm
  • Reply Julie Lewis

    I could not resist re-blogging your recipe. Delicious! Thanks for sharing! http://www.julieanngregoryblog.com/2013/12/cider-flank-steak-tacos-red-cabbage-apple-slaw/

    December 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Im so happy you like them. But if you could link to my Taco Post for your readers to get the recipe, instead of the pdf, that would be much appreciated! Also, that’s the correct way to site someones recipe, just so you know for the future πŸ™‚ again, thanks!

      December 30, 2013 at 9:58 pm
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