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Gluten-Free Labor Day Should Include Tacos & Beer

I mean, duh. Quite frankly, every weekend should include this combo and it’s no mistake that the first meal I made when I got back stateside included both tacos and beer, since those were the two things I missed most. But of course finding gluten-free beer that keeps up with the gluten-filled Joneses can be difficult. Meet my new favorite brew, the Off Grid Pale Ale via New Planet. It’s almost totally like normal beer!

Tacos, of course, are not so difficult to enjoy gluten-free, but I did discover something that makes your tacos even more awesome: Stubb’s Green Chile Marinade.

This bit of awesomeness wound up in my mail on account of the gluten-freeness of it, and the fact that the nice people at Stubb’s found my blog. Plus, I used to spend an incredible amount of time at Stubb’s in Austin whether at a show or enjoying their Sunday gospel brunch. So I was already on board with just about anything Stubb’s had to offer.

This New Planet beer? Same kind of thing. I KNOW. I’m the luckiest blogger in the whole world. So naturally I put the two of these things together and had a kick-off in grand gluten-free style for the holiday weekend. Then, I passed right out because jet lag is hard.

So fire up the grill, celebrate America, work, and tacos with this super duper taco toppings that are soooo gluten-free.

Green Chile Steak Tacos*

Prep time: 10 minutes + 2 hours sitting time Cook time: 20 minutes


Gluten-Free Corn Tortillas
1 lb flank steak
1 bottle Stubb’s Green Chile Marinade

Refried Beans:
1 can organic pinto beans
1 shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon hot sauce
Salt & pepper to taste

1 ripe avocado
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons hot sauce
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt & pepper to taste

1. Pour marinade over flank steak, and allow to sit for at least two hours.

2. After two hours, preheat your grill and begin making your beans.

3. Place olive oil in a medium pot over medium-low heat and add garlic and shallots. Allow garlic and shallots to cook for about 5 minutes, then add can of beans, including water. Add hot sauce and salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat.

4. Meanwhile, throw your flank steak on the grill and flip after 5 minutes to the other side.

5. To make your guacamole, halve avocado and remove the pit. Remove all of the avocado from the skin and mix with all of the other ingredients until combined. Add salt and pepper and taste.

6. After meat is cooked to medium, remove from grill and allow to set for 5 minutes. While it’s setting, turn heat off the beans and mash with either a masher or a large spoon.

7. Heat your tortillas over the stove or in the microwave with a damp paper towel for 15 seconds. Remove from heat, place tortillas on plates and cover with beans.

7. Slice meat thinly, add to beans, top with guacamole and serve.

Makes: 8 tacos

*As I’m still halfway out of it, if any of this recipe does not make sense (as I can, and did, do it in my sleep) please ask questions below. I’m perhaps too old to recover from jet lag quickly.

9 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Labor Day Should Include Tacos & Beer

  1. April, this looks great and I’m very impressed with your sleep-blogging skills. My daughter is a crazy rice and beans fan (though w/o the hot sauce since she’s 4) and my husband is searching for a decent GF beer, so thanks for the recipe and review. Hope you catch up on sleep (and eating) this weekend.

  2. Looks so yummy!! Have you tried the 3R Raspberry Ale by New Planet?? I’m really curious to hear a review on that one…guess I should just go buy some!! Thanks for the awesome Stubb’s Green Chile Marinade tip I’m gonna go order some! Happy holiday weekend!!

    • I’m not a fan of the fruity beers, but I did try the 3R Raspberry Ale. It was nice, but since it’s not my bag I can’t really say!

      Stubb’s has a load of gluten-free (maybe all?) products. They do rock.

  3. I love tacos and was sad to learn my favorite taco joint premaranades their meat in soy sauce! What?! It’s Mexican food! Back to my question about beer, my long list friend. I had read an article talking about corona light being gluten free because it’s made with corn. I tried looking to the company for answers but found none. I didn’t know if you knew anything about it?

    • Well, here’s the thing. Corona does not have wheat, but it does have barley. You can certainly parse the two (as I did) and try it to see, but you’re still taking a risk. I drank a Corona to no ill effect that I could immediately see. However, I decided it wasn’t really worth it in case stuff was going on inside my gut that I could not see or feel. If you only have a wheat sensitivity, drink that beer! But obvs, you have celiac so maybe not so much. Sorry for the depressing news.

  4. I figured as much. I am still in the acceptance/crying/acceptance stage. I’m mostly fine, until I loose it over something, somewhere usually very public. I guess I’ll be breaking up with my friend beer.

  5. OMG the tacos sound delish. All over this one for the long weekend, although not sure I can find this Stubbs sauce up here. Will give me an adventure trying to find it 🙂 Thanks!

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