Arrachera: What is it?
Fajitas are a popular Mexican cuisine, while arrachera is less well-known. Because it is among the best-grilled meat, count yourself lucky if you have. How is arrachera prepared? What is arrachera?
For additional information on the Arrachera flavour, cooking techniques, and other topics, keep reading.
What is Arrachera, exactly?
Even though it is a skirt steak or beef cut from the cow's belly, arrachera is equally as tasty and soft as other cuts. It might rank among the tastiest meats after you've tried it.
Because of the connective tissue in the diaphragm muscles, some claim it is a little bit dry. Nothing, though, that a marinade can't fix. The meat can be made more tender and given a soft, juicy, and mouthwatering flavour by marinating it.
What gives it the name Arrachera?
Contrary to popular belief, Arrachera is not derived from an ancient Mexican word. In either Spanish or Mexican, there is no word for this cut of steak.
However, the word "arracher," which means to pull up or grip, may be found in the French language and refers to the cinch that keeps the saddle on a horse. The French army was stationed in Mexico, where the name most likely originated.
Which steak to choose
All traditional Arrachera recipes can be made with grilled or thinly sliced beef Carne Asada steak, or you can try out some new ones.
You can buy carne asada, a marinated and grilled skirt steak, practically everywhere that sells meat.
Traditional Arrachera recipe
If you are unfamiliar with Mexican food, you will probably agree that tacos are the most traditional dish. Mexican tacos focus on perfectly cooked meat, seasonal ingredients, aromatic spices, and strong flavours.
So what is the ideal taco-based recipe for traditional Arrachera? tacos with carne asada! They are excellent to eat at home with family and friends and simple to prepare.
An outside barbecue would be ideal, but if you don't have one, an inside grill pan will do. The ingredients you'll need are listed below:
- Flour tortillas
- Two sliced avocados or guacamole
- Arrachera skirt steak (between ¼” and ½” inch thick)
- Lime (to squeeze on top of the tortillas)
- Cilantro (a sprinkle of fresh cilantro will add to the taste)
- Cheese (for Mexican tacos, cotija cheese is the best option)
- White, yellow, or red onions
Step 1: get the meat ready. The skirt steak from the Arrachera must first be marinated (it is best to leave it overnight to soak the juices). The steak should then be placed on a grill or skillet over medium-high or high heat. It only needs a few minutes on each side to turn brown.
Step 2: Add Avocado - Take tortillas that have been warmed up and spread them with avocado. Do not attempt to cut the ideal avocado slices for carne asada tacos because they are a traditional dish and not a fancy supper. Guacamole can be added if you'd like the extra taste.
Step 3: Sliced steak is added on top of the avocado or guacamole along with cheese, cilantro, and onion. Next, include chopped onion, fresco cotija cheese, and a dash of fresh cilantro. Take a mouthful after adding a few fresh lime juice drips.
Everything tastes better with a topping. You can experiment with seasonings, vegetables, and cheeses as taco topping options. Here are some suggestions to help you spice up your recipe for carnitas tacos.
- Fresh Pico de Gallo is always a great option when it comes to sauce. You can add creamy chipotle or lime crema for a spicy touch.
- Choose your favourite fresh vegetables to add for an extra fresh crunch.
- Cheeses - You can use any Mexican cheese as a topping, including the classic cotija.