Spicy Steak Tacos with a Grilled Tomato and Chard Salsa

This would be my husband one upping me.


Funny how that works.

Last week I was feeling p to the un to the y, so I let Aaron take on some cooking d to the u to the ties.

Why am I already being such a troll?

Basically, Aaron absolutely loves to cook. But I hardly ever let him because A) he gets home pretty late during the week. Too late to cook and still have time for me to take pictures. B) He takes FUREVAR when he cooks. Just piiiiddles and takes his tiiiime and I end up hooooovering and micromaaaaanaging and it makes me want to strangle baby sloths. Not good. And C) Okay fine, he’s too flippin’ good at it and it makes me jealous.


Our approaches to cooking are actually pretty different from one another. Case in point, the salsa. I would have probably blitzy blootzed it in a food processor and made it dainty and smooth and speckled with fairy dust. But he “fahred” up the grill and made it rustic and charred and chunky. Gave it chest hair. I like it.

Obviously I didn’t get photos of all the grilling because I was on the sofa watching Judge Judy. SWEET LORD she terrifies me. I’m pretty sure she has chest hair too.

I’d like to also mention that our approaches to eating food are poles apart as well. If you give me a plate of food I will Tasmanian Devil my face through it in .239852 seconds flat.

Aaron? You give him a plate of food and he lets it sit there. Forever. “I need to let it cool,” he’ll say. YOU NEED TO WHAT? He’ll lean back, watch some TV, chit chat about some tornado he wishes he could chase. And I’m like, “DUDE YOUR FOOD IS ICE COLD BY NOW. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS.” And he’ll say to me, “Bev, the eye of the tornado was over a mile wide. Can you even imagine?”

This is like, everysingledayofmylife, you guys.


It’s a good thing he fed me steak.

Spicy Steak Tacos with a Grilled Tomato Chard Salsa:

What it took for 6-8 tacos:

for the steak:

* 1 pound flank steak
* 1 Tbs. cumin
* 1 Tbs. chili powder
* 2 tsp garlic powder
* 2 tsp smoked paprika
* 2 tsp ground coriander
* 1/2 tsp coarse salt
* 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

for the salsa:

* 1 large beefsteak tomato, cut in half
* 1/2 large white onion, cut into large slices
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 4 large swiss chard leaves, ends trimmed
* 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced in half lengthwise
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* 1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves
* 2 limes (partly for the juice, partly for garnish)

for the rest:

* 1 bunch romaine, thinly sliced
* guacamole
* whole wheat tortillas
* any cheese you want, like maybe crumbed queso fresco?

Combine all the spice ingredients in a small bowl and evenly pat it into the steak on both sides. Cover and rest for 30 minutes.

Preheat a grill to medium high. Lightly oil the grates.

Place the tomato halves on the grill, cut side down. Then arrange the onion slices and jalapeno pepper halves on the grill as well. Grill and flip and flip and grill until the veggies begin to soften, and have nice grill marks on all sides. Remove and place on a cutting board.

Place the chard leaves on the grill and cook until they begin to slightly brown, just a few seconds. Flip and do the same. Remove from the grill.

Now give everything a good chop (tomatoes, onions, peppers and chard) and place it all in a bowl along with the minced garlic and cilantro leaves. Give it all a good toss with some salt and pepper, and a nice squeeze of lime juice.

Grill the steak to your preferred doneness. Rest for 10 minutes and thinly slice.

Serve steak tacos with grilled salsa, romaine lettuce and more lime juice!

And cheese if you want. You should want.


Can you imagine being married to Judge Judy? Lawwwwwwwwwwwwwd help him.

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29 Responses to Spicy Steak Tacos with a Grilled Tomato and Chard Salsa

  1. Katie June 10, 2013 at 8:04 am #
    Oooh hit me up with some of that manly salsa. I'll even eat it ice cold. Or in a tornado.
  2. Tieghan June 10, 2013 at 8:11 am #
    The salsa is awesome!! I guess I'd like it hot, but trust me I'd eat it cold too! This look awesome. Lucky you!
  3. Quinn Cooper June 10, 2013 at 8:15 am #
    Looks absolutely amazing!! So yummy! Jealous actually. I wish we had a bbq to char things. I guess that's what you get when you live in NYC. xo Quinn Quinn Cooper Style
  4. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch June 10, 2013 at 8:38 am #
    These look absolutely delicious!!!
  5. Marie @ Little Kitchie June 10, 2013 at 9:06 am #
    hahaha, the description of the way you two eat sounds exactly like my husband and me! it seriously STRESSES ME OUT to just watch his food sitting there. glad i'm not alone. and these look amazing!!! love that salsa!
  6. marcie@flavorthemoments June 10, 2013 at 9:15 am #
    These look so full of flavor and SO fresh. I would love these!
  7. Jackie @ savoring our twenties June 10, 2013 at 9:19 am #
    salsa with chest hair...i like. next on my to-do list!
  8. BusyWorkingMama June 10, 2013 at 9:35 am #
    Looks delicious! I love the salsa recipe.
  9. Kristen June 10, 2013 at 9:51 am #
    He did good - but you married him, so you should get some credit for this creation too - simply by association!
  10. Shaina June 10, 2013 at 10:02 am #
    Are our husbands brothers? Mine does the same thing with me hovering and telling him he's doing it all wrong, right down to how he does the dishes after. These look divine. Perhaps you should let him drive more often...and just leave and go shopping or garden outside until dinner is ready to be served?
  11. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) June 10, 2013 at 10:34 am #
    These look absolutely incredible! I am drooling this morning.
  12. Ali | Gimme Some Oven June 10, 2013 at 11:12 am #
    This salsa sounds SO good!!! Ha, and I'm pretty sure I'll never look at Judge Judy the same way again... :)
  13. Rachel June 10, 2013 at 11:50 am #
    EVERYTHING about this screams my life. Seriously. Too slow in the kitchen. Too slow to eat. Drives me bonkers! It bothers me so much! I'm afraid his food will be ice cold and then taste bad and then think I made a horrible dinner...which obvs isn't the case. Duh. Whew too much stress! Thank you for making me realize I am not alone in this.
  14. Heather June 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm #
    I just kind of want to live at your house and eat everything you and Aaron make!
  15. Maeve (Bia Gourmande) June 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm #
    Love this! I can so relate to the differences between the way yourself and your partner cook, it's the exact same with me and mine :). Also, I met Judge Judy this year. She came to my university and I was picked to be in the welcome party. She is very little and very nice but still super intimidating. Her husband is a cutie though!
  16. dixya| food, pleasure, and health June 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm #
    i want that salsa in everything!
  17. Sika June 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm #
    Wow, your salsa recipe sounds so delicious. I have to try your recipe. And your photos are just amazing!
  18. Jaimie June 10, 2013 at 3:34 pm #
    Ahhh, your blog dialogue is by far some of the best reading on the net. You are too freaking funny. And these. THESE look awesome! Thanks for sharing!
  19. Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion June 11, 2013 at 6:19 am #
    I was so going to have fish tacos tonight... change of plans, these look awesome
  20. Megan {Country Cleaver} June 11, 2013 at 9:19 am #
    Ben and I have totally different cooking styles too. As in I actually cook - he opens up a bag of steamed veggie and fries himself a pork chop - and when I'm gone, he takes photos of it and sends them to me to "brag". It's adorable. And then I get angry. Quick - someone stuff my face with one of these, I'm raging again.
  21. angela@ another bite please June 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm #
    hahaha *fahred* up the grill....i love your words. your spell check must go crazy. hahaha...my hubby likes to cook but makes such a mess and always asks where everything is so....
  22. Maria G. June 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm #
    Awesome for barbecue! Come to think of it, having different approaches to cooking is a good thing. It’s really fun and you get to taste different cooking styles. That is what I love about barbecues when my dad and my husband are around. They each cook their own style and so, I enjoy eating a lot. They can grill what they want and I get to taste whatever.
  23. Nutmeg Nanny June 17, 2013 at 9:11 am #
    Oh man, these are gorgeous! My mouth is watering just looking at them :) love this recipe!
  24. Natalie July 15, 2016 at 8:44 pm #
    Made these this week and they were so good! So good that we didn't realize we forgot to add the swiss chard to the salsa until after we finished eating. I even put the chard right next to the grill. My dude was just too focused on the steak, I think. Life. Oh well, a reason to make them again. That seasoning on the steak was on point, girl.


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