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Carne Asada Tacos with Avocado Pico | styleberryKITCHEN Pt.2

Have you been using Grocery IQ to scan every item in your pantry yet?! They should have added a warning label to that app…ADDICTING!!

OK…on to FOOD! Despite spacing these kitchen posts out a bit, I have been cooking meals every night! I have just been so busy that I have been photographing & then focusing on hitting some important deadlines for other projects that I have going on. :) Oh, and chasing a toddler. Who only naps an hour a day. eek! But I will have a whole week’s worth of meals for you by the time we are done. Along with at least one tip or trick besides the recipe in each part of this series.

This is one of my FAVORITE meals. It’s so fresh & lean. & there is so much YUM packed into this…I cannot even tell you. Especially if you are a lover of healthy Mexican food & completely addicted to avocados…like yours truly. ;) I have to take all my dinner images using the available light…so I do not love this food photography. My kitchen is so dark at dinnertime. But not during breakfast…& I think I prefer light in the morning…or I might never wake up. Alas…meal #1!

Carne Asada Tacos with Avocado Pico de Gallo

Found in Cooking Light HERE.

Yield: 4 servings (2 tacos/serving…says cooking light–we eat three each & caroline gets the rest!)


  • 1/4  cup  fresh lime juice (about 2 medium)
  • 1  (1-pound) skirt steak, trimmed (I use sirlion steaks)
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1/2  teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground red pepper ( I only had red pepper flakes, so I used those)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1  cup  diced seeded plum tomato
  • 1/4  cup  diced onion
  • 3  tablespoons  finely chopped fresh cilantro (we do not eat cilantro in this house)
  • 1  tablespoon  diced seeded jalapeño pepper
  • 1  tablespoon  fresh lime juice
  • 1  garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4  cup  diced avocado (about 1 medium…but I used three…we love avocados!)
  • 1/4  teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8  corn tortillas
  • Lime wedges (optional)


  • Combine 1/4 cup juice and steak in a shallow dish. Sprinkle cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and red pepper over both sides of steak. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 3 hours.
  • Heat grill pan over high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add steak to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand at least 10 minutes. Cut steak into 1/2-inch pieces.
  • Combine tomato and next 5 ingredients (through garlic) in a bowl. Gently stir in avocado and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • Heat tortillas over gas flame 15 seconds on each side or until charred on edges. Divide steak evenly among tortillas. Top with pico de gallo. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.


I love cooking, but I hate cleaning up. I just can’t sit down & enjoy a meal if I have a mess of a kitchen behind me. I try VERY hard to clean up while the food cooks so I have a clean kitchen by dinner time. Here’s how:

  1. THE PAPER TOWEL. Now i know this is not the most green thing to do, but somehow having one square that designates “trash” on my counter helps all the garbage to go in one place as I cook. Then all I have to do it lift my trash & carry it to the garbage can & it is GONE. In one motion.
  2. THE CUTTING BOARD. Since this is usually the thing that I am done with first, all dirty dishes go on here as they begin to pile up. Then The whole thing gets lifted to the sink for washing & the counter tops are pretty much clear.

mmMMMmmm. I hope you try this easy meal. It is so good! Are you enjoying this series?

Next up: some fun little ranch burger sliders & a few tips on big batch cooking + freezing…

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  • Emily - Omg, this has made me soo hungry. Thank you for this wonderful and what seems to be EASY find.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Pretty hilarious because this is very close to the meal I have on tap for tonight! I am making it with some chicken I had in the freezer. On a not so healthy note I will also be adding some bacon left over from our “breakfast for dinner” night. Bacon, chicken, avacado, yum!
    I hate to admit this but…my son took a big bite out of my avacado that was in the fruit bowl. He thought it was a plum, lol. I put in a baggie and in the fridge. I hope it is still safe for consumtion tonight :) Not getting out to get another one since we are under 3-4 ft. of snow at the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - As I sit here reading this with my peanut butter and banana sandwich LOL. Looks delicious! Will definitely have to try this one! (I’m with you on the avocados they are always in my house) Looking forward to your next post on big batch cooking and freezing!ReplyCancel

  • Kristyn - Ohh!!! I’ve been making this dish for a while too. It’s one of my favorites. Packed with flavor and so good for you too =) Your pictures are awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristine - Thanks for sharing! Def adding this recipe to my collection. Have you heard of Ez-Mealz ( It’s a weekly meal & grocery list planner. It pretty much does everything you already do for $5/mo. I’m hoping this will help us save on groceries.

    P.S. Is that a C&B Staccato plate I spot? We have the same dishes.ReplyCancel

  • Denae - We too are a no cilanto family. My hubs adores avacados. I think with some minor tweaking this would work well for us.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Verlatti - This looks delicious! Definitely going on our dinner menu. Thx for sharing, keep it up!:)ReplyCancel

  • Casey - Finally made it in to take a peek at your series..def shouldnt have looked at this before dinner..makes me hungry!!! LOL!!! Those are def going on my list for next week!!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen Sheehy - I’m loveing this. More more please. :)ReplyCancel

  • Brandi Telles - Shawna!!!
    I can’t wait to try this!!! It looks and sounds delicious!!!! Keep the yummy recipes comin!!!!


  • margi - shawna,

    i have loved hearing about your grocery shopping/meal planning
    process. what are some of your favorite breakfast foods? how about
    snacks? do you make your own hot cocoa too?
    thanks for sharing all the inspiring tips! i so enjoy reading your


    • -shawna- - @Margi–breakfast is coming!! ;) I do not make my own hot cocoa…I bought a giant tub of Starbucks powder at costco. There are pictures of it on my FB page! @Kristine–yep! Staccato! 7 years…& still going strong! @Stephanie–hope it stayed green! hehe!!ReplyCancel

  • margi - shawna,

    i have loved hearing about your grocery shopping/meal planning
    process. what are some of your favorite breakfast foods? how about
    snacks? do you make your own hot cocoa too?
    thanks for sharing all the inspiring tips! i so enjoy reading your


  • Nicole - I have the same line of plates from Crate and Barrel!!!!

    I CANNOT wait to make these, but Im MOST excited about tomorrows dinner. Ill be over at 5 hahaha-Yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Cardillo - I love this series! I’m all about new light recipes. I have so many Weight Watcher cookbooks that I love to cook from but am always looking for new recipes to add to the rotation and this sounds delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea McCown - Yummm, hubby (and I) would love this one!! adding it to mu rotation!!

    Can’t wait to hear the freezer tips, that’s what I really need! I HATE cooking, so I would much rather make big batches and freeze meals so I only have to cook 3-4 days a week!ReplyCancel

  • Julianna @ ZoLi - I’m loving your styleberryKitchen posts. So timely too since I’ve been looking for different meal ideas to spice up our dinner rotation. Huge bonus that it’s healthy and light!ReplyCancel

  • Mara - Made this tonight! Loved it!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline - I’m a new reader and am really enjoying your kitchen series! Can you recommend a grill pan?ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I love healthy mexican! Avocados are my favorite food! I also hate cilantro. This recipe is perfect for us! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • ashley - i’ve made these twice in 2 weeks now due to hubby’s request. absolutely love and so easy and yummy! TJ’s has shaved steak that i have used for this to make even easier. thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B - I made these with chicken using extra key lime juice for an overnight marinade. Also 3 avos and lots of cilantro (LOVE). We enjoyed it and are still eating leftovers (if you have Costco, they have these magnificent handmade uncooked flour tortillas in the refrigerator section). Thank you!ReplyCancel

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