This post is brought to you by Alamo Wines and Kitchen Play. All opinions and words remain my own.
When Alamos wines asked me to create a dish to pair with their Malbec wine I became giddy with excitement. In the realm of popularity, Malbec is for red what Moscato is for white. Malbec grapes grow mostly along the foothills of the Andes mountain range of Argentina. Growing at elevations of 3,000 to 5,000 feet the grapes get tons of sunlight during the day and cool temperatures at night which lends to the wine’s bold, dark fruit flavors. Because of Malbec’s bold layers of flavors and natural acidity it’s a super versatile wine for food pairing, which makes it a perfect wine for entertaining. It’s so versatile you can cast those traditional food and wine pairing rules aside and dare to pair with something fun and new!
Tacos were the first thing that popped into my head when I was asked to pair something daring with Alamos Malbec. Normally the word taco makes you think of meat topped with cheese, salsa and guacamole and wrapped in a tortilla. When I was a kid, it was all about taco seasoned ground beef in crunchy corn shell. You know…your typical taco Tuesday taco. But, tacos can be so much more then just taco-seasoned ground beef. The taco possibilities nowadays are endless. Who says tacos can’t be fancy and fun?
After taking the first big whiff of the wine, I immediately got notes of blackberry and dark cherry, and I knew these were the notes I wanted to play with. I focused in on the blackberry that pairs well will both cinnamon and blue cheese. It sounds a little odd I know, but, stay with me.
I decided to rub the skirt steak with a fall spice mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and brown sugar. I also added some garlic powder and salt for savory notes and seared it in sage butter until crispy and caramelized. I then made a slaw of red cabbage; radicchio, pears and blackberry tossed in a dressing made with the Alamos Malbec. Wrap it all up in a warm tortilla with blue cheese crumbles and a pomegranate syrup drizzle. Cheers to fancy tacos!!
The tacos were amazing on their own, but paired with Alamos Malbec the blue cheese became smoother and the berries richer. Nothing was lost or overpowering, it balanced perfectly. Call it Taco Tuesday for grown ups!
This holiday season, when you are looking for a wine to pair with your fabulous appetizer spread, Alamos Malbec is the way to go. Its versatility makes it easy to pair and a crowd pleaser.
Fall Spiced Skirt Steak Tacos with Blackberry and Pear Slaw
- 2 cups pomegranate juice
- ¼ cup sugar
- juice from ½ lime
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 allspice berries, crushed
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1 lb skirt steak
- 1/2 stick butter
- 3 sage leaves
- 8 corn and whole wheat blend tortillas
- 1/4 cup Alamos Malbec
- juice of 1/2 a lime
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon chopped chives
- 1 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
- 1 cup shredded radicchio
- 1 pint blackberries, halved
- 1 bartlett pear, matchsticks
- 1/4 a red onion, small diced
I plan to make these and then promptly stuff them into my face…repeatedly! Pinning and stumbling!
Millie Gonzalez says
Love the way you combined tacos from Mexico with churrasco from Argentina. Sounds delish!
claire @the realistic nutritionist says
omg how gorgeous are these??!
Lauren @ Healthy Delicious says
Malbec is my favorite wine and it goes amazingly well with flank steak. These tacos look awesome!!
Nutmeg Nanny says
What an awesome looking dish! Love that slaw 🙂
Cookin Canuck says
I can never resist a good Malbec! These teak tacos look like the perfect paring, and that slaw sounds fantastic!
Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) says
Oh man. Those tacos. They look out of this world!
Kate @ Diethood says
WHOA! These are THE prettiest tacos on the planet! Ooooh the slaw, too! I LOVE IT!
I would like to be your neighbor. Let me know when the house next door goes up for sale because I LOVE your food.
Lana | NevrEnoughThyme says
What a taco! Definitely *not* a Taco Tuesday taco 🙂
Heather // girlichef says
That is one gorgeous steak. I’m not sure it would even make it inside the tortillas if it was in front of me. Yum!
Erin @ Texanerin Baking says
These tacos look incredible! And that steak…! It’s so perfectly done. And love that there’s wine in the dressing! Yum.
Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says
This is just brilliant. I love the fancy tacos!!
Kellie @ The Suburban soapbox says
I just fell in love with skirt steak recently so this recipe is happening soon! Holy cow these tacos look amazing!
Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama says
Not exaggerating when I say these are the best looking tacos I have ever seen. I want them all.
The Food Hunter says
peter @feedyoursoultoo says
I really like the flavor combination. I sounds like it would go so well with the malbec.
Martha @ A Family Feast says
I’d love to dive face-first into those tacos!! Love this recipe!
Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) says
What a great flavor profile — these tacos look incredible!
Charissa Pacheco says
WOW! Looks yummy!!
Paula - bell'alimento says
We love skirt steak! Love all the flavors you have in there.
Gorgeous char yet moist and oozingly flavorful. Gorgeous shots now I crave these skirt steak tacos for lunch.
Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says
Geez, you’re killing me. These tacos look ah-freaking- mazing!! Perfect steak 🙂
I could devour these. I also think that the addition of blue cheese is terrific. Malbec is one of the few wines that works with what I call “funky” flavors like blue cheese. GREG
Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says
These tacos are seriously ah-maz-ing!!! All the way pinned. I have taco love and must try these.
Chris @ Shared Appetite says
Wow! I’m seriously impressed with this flavor combo… so creative! And that steak is cooked so perfectly… I want these for breakfast (i.e. right now!).
David @ Spiced says
Wow…it’s not even 9am yet, and I am totally craving these tacos! What an excellent combo of flavors…no more boring tacos night around here! 🙂
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
I don’t want to wait until dinner, these tacos look amazing! Love that dressing with Malbec. Great pairing! Pinned!
Liz @ Floating Kitchen says
Whoa. I am seriously drooling over these tacos. They look amazing. What a wonderful and creative combination of flavors!