Beef Tenderloin, Swiss Chard, and Caramelized Fennel Tacos

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Beef Tenderloin, Swiss Chard, and Caramelized Fennel TacosRecipe
Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl, Cindy Barr
The chard makes a wonderful peppery, lightly bitter complement to the sweet fennel. Look for crema Mexicana in the supermarket dairy section or at ethnic markets, or substitute crème fraîche.
Serves 4 (serving size: 2 tacos)


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2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups thinly sliced fennel
1 cup thinly sliced onion
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (12-ounce) beef tenderloin steak
Cooking spray
2 cups thinly sliced Swiss chard
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
8 fresh corn tortillas (such as El Milagro)
8 teaspoons crema Mexicana


Hands-on: 50 Minutes
Total: 50 Minutes

1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add fennel, onion, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Cover; cook over low heat for 10 minutes or until fennel mixture begins to brown, stirring occasionally. Uncover; cook 10 minutes or until mixture is golden and caramelized. Remove from pan; keep warm.

2. Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, white pepper, coriander, and red pepper in a small bowl. Rub mixture evenly over beef. Wipe skillet clean with a paper towel; return skillet to medium-high heat. Lightly coat beef with cooking spray; add to pan. Cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 5 minutes; thinly slice.

3. Combine Swiss chard and lemon juice, tossing to coat.

4. Working with 1 tortilla at a time, toast tortillas in a pan or over the flame of a gas burner until tender and blackened in spots. Arrange 1/4 cup chard mixture in center of 1 tortilla; top with about 1 ounce beef and 2 tablespoons fennel mixture. Repeat with remaining tortillas, chard mixture, beef, and fennel mixture. Top each with 1 teaspoon crema.

Created date

September 2013

Nutritional Information

Calories 315
Fat 10.9 g
Satfat 2.6 g
Monofat 4.2 g
Polyfat 1.1 g
Protein 23.4 g
Carbohydrate 31.8 g
Fiber 5 g
Cholesterol 61 mg
Iron 2.8 mg
Sodium 455 mg
Calcium 150 mg