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Clamato Carne Asada Tostadas

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This is a sponsored post with Gigasavvy. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Warm summer weather is finally here in Southern California and you know what that means! Fire up la parrilla and let’s get grilling! The days are getting hotter, but what I love about summer is the amazing evenings. The weather is perfect to be outside, enjoying time with la familia and of course, nothing beats eating great food. Northgate Market is hosting the grilling challenge of all challenges and if you have a killer Carne Asada recipe and you’re the master or mistress of the grill, this is one contest you’re going to want to enter.

Visit these local Northgate Markets: 

N. Anaheim Blvd. / Anaheim
722 N. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805 

W La Habra Blvd / La Habra
580 W La Habra Blvd
La Habra, CA 90631 

N. East St. / Anaheim
1150 N. East St.
Anaheim, CA 92805

From now, until the 18th of July, visit your local Northgate Market, shop and cook for your amazing carne ranchera recipe and enter the sweepstakes, for a chance to win a year of free Northgate Market groceries!

If I had the chance to enter the contest, I would cook something like this. The familia loves to eat tostadas, but they have several requests when it comes to how I serve it. As my luck would have it, of the three kids, only one likes salsa.  The other two will have nothing to do with any kind of salsa. Next is repollo or cabbage. They hate cabbage, so I’m stuck using lettuce.

Would you believe this is the first time EVER that I use a molcajete? I’ve never owned one, so I had to borrow one. My nena actually helped grind the salsa.  It was such a fun moment to see and experience with her. My mom had the opportunity to tell her stories of when she would help her mom make food in a molcajete. It was beautiful.

 

Clamato Carne Asada Tostadas

Summer Grilling Challenge Contest with Northgate Market

Ingredients:

2 lbs. of Northgate Market Ranchera (flat meat)

1 pack of small tostadas

1 cup of Cotija cheese

1 can of Beans- refried or left over frijoles, smashed

2 cups Lettuce or Cabbage, chopped

Marinade-

1cup Clamato (any flavor) juice 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoons soy sauce 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon mustard (or Dijon mustard or horseradish) 4 large red onions

2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoons soy sauce 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon mustard (or Dijon mustard or horseradish) 4 large red onions

1 tablespoons soy sauce

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon McCormick pepper

1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped

Molcajete Salsa-

2 tomatoes

2 jalapeños

1 teaspoon of salt

2 garlic cloves

1/2 cup of fresh cilantro

Directions:

In a large freezer bag, add Clamato, lemon juice, soy sauce, and pepper. Mix.  Add meat and onions to marinade and chill 4 hours or if you have the time, overnight.

Summer Grilling Challenge Contest with Northgate Market

For the salsa, on a comal, (or in my case, a pan!!!) roast the jalapeños and tomatoes for 5 to 10 minutes or until they are charred. Now, you have the option to peel the charred skin or leave it on. I left it on. It adds a smokey flavor in my opinion.

Summer Grilling Challenge Contest with Northgate Market

In a molcajete, grind the garlic and salt. When that is roughly ground, add the charred jalapeños and tomatoes, one at a time. This all depends how big your molcajete is. Continue grinding all the ingredients until you get the desired texture, if you like chunky salsa, grind less time.

Summer Grilling Challenge Contest with Northgate Market

For the meat, remove the meat from the marinade and onto the grill it goes. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, each side, depending on how well cooked you want your carne.  One all the meat is cooked, it’s time to chop.

Summer Grilling Challenge Contest with Northgate Market

Chop your meat to the consistency of taco meat. Now, it’s time to plate!

Summer Grilling Challenge Contest with Northgate Market

Get your tostadas and spread some beans and top it off with your chopped meat. Next, get your chopped lettuce (or cabbage) and put it on and top that with the amazing salsa you made in the molcajete. Sprinkle the cotija cheese on top.

For more info check out the Northgate Market website and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Liz Cerezo

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Liz is a Mexican-American blogger living in Southern California. Married 19 years, and a mami to 3 kids, her content is inspired from living in and raising a multicultural familia. Liz has been blogging for more than 7 years, establishing herself as a nationally recognized Latina blogger. She often blogs in Spanglish and may throw in some Tagalog when talking about her hubby. You can also find her chit chatting away at @Liz_Cerezo on Twitter!

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