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Beef Tenderloin, Swiss Chard, and Caramelized Fennel Tacos

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl, Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 50 mins
Total time 50 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 2 tacos)
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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.

Cook's Notes

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