It’s time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and we have a quite the tasty delight to keep those May 5th traditions alive in your house.  And, the recipe takes very little time to pull together to get on the table.  Everyone’s gonna want to come visit you this time every year.



Surf and Turf Tacos



For the Turf


2 (2-inch-thick) filets mignons

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

tablespoons Kinders Butter Steakhouse seasoning

2 tablespoons coarsely cracked black peppercorns

tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

(Feel free to add a little cumin and chili powder to the seasoning, if desired)



Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat until hot. Dry the filets mignons with paper towels then brush lightly all over with the oil. Combine seasonings and cracked pepper on a plate and roll the filets on all sides in the mixture, pressing lightly to help the salt and pepper adhere. The steaks should be evenly coated with the salt and pepper.


When the pan is hot, add the steaks and sear evenly on all sides (top, bottom, and sides) for about 2 minutes per side. (Be sure the cooking area is well ventilated.) You’ll probably need about 3 turns to sear the sides and about 10 minutes total.


Remove the pan from the heat and arrange all the filets flat in the pan. Top each with a tablespoon of butter, then place the pan in the oven. Cook the filets for 8 to 12 minutes to 120 degrees for rare and 125 degrees for medium-rare. Remove the steaks to a platter, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.




For the Surf

1 pound medium shrimp (thawed & peeled)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon chili powder


Fill those beautiful corn tortillas to the top (8-10 tortillas should do the trick) adding some sour cream, salsa, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cojita or mixed Mexican-style cheeses and cilantro, etc.


Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone!  Enjoy this happy day wherever you are celebrating! (And don’t forget to enjoy this tradition with another tradition on the previous post – our passion fruit margaritas!