Florida Shrimp and Beef Tacos


24 ounces Florida beef (tenderloin, sirloin or your favorite cut of beef), cut into 1-inch cubes

1 pound large Florida shrimp, peeled and deveined with tail on

4 large Florida bell peppers (your favorite color), cut into 1-inch squares

1 Florida avocado, sliced (for garnish) 

4 large onions, cut into 1-inch squares

16 bamboo skewers (soaked in water for 1 hour) or metal skewers

Cooking oil spray for grilling

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

1 cup Jack cheese, shredded 

12 corn or flour tortillas 

Florida hot sauce, to taste 

Skewer Marinade and Sauce

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

2 tablespoons lime juice

1/4 cup fresh cilantro

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste


Combine olive oil, garlic, cumin, chili powder, cilantro and lime juice in a blender and puree until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Set aside. 

Assemble skewers by alternating beef or shrimp, peppers and onions. Do not put beef and shrimp on the same skewer since they have different cook times. Cover the skewers with half of the marinade. Reserve the remaining half for sauce. Lightly season the assembled skewers with salt and pepper. 

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Place beef skewers on the grill; cook to desired temperature. When done, remove from grill and let rest for 5 minutes. While beef skewers are resting, place shrimp skewers on the grill and cook until just done. 

To serve as tacos, remove meat and vegetables from skewers and place into corn or flour tortillas. Serve with Florida avocado, shredded cheese, lettuce and sauce. 

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