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Chile-Marinated Skirt Steak (Carne Asada en Adobo de Guajillo)

  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 25 mins
  • Servings: 8
  • Course: Main Dish

In this Mexican-inspired steak recipe, dried chiles are toasted, soaked and pureed to make a flavorful marinade. Toasting the chiles in a heavy, dry skillet is the key to unlocking their flavor (not just their heat). Look for dried chiles in the produce section of many markets. Serve with rice, beans and a green salad. Double the recipe to use in our Chipotle-Sesame Noodles with Steak recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 4 large dried guajillo, Hatch or ancho chiles
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 medium clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 pounds skirt steak or flank steak, halved crosswise

Directions

Step 1

Remove stems, seeds and membranes from chiles. Heat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add chiles and toast, using tongs to turn and press down on them frequently, until very fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and add enough cold water to cover. Place a plate on top to keep them submerged and soak until very soft, about 30 minutes. Drain. Transfer the chiles to a blender and add 1/2 cup fresh water, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, vinegar, sugar and cumin. Blend until very smooth, gradually adding a little more water, if necessary, to make a smooth sauce.

Step 2

Place steak in a large shallow glass dish and season with the remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Add the marinade and turn to coat well. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.

Step 3

To grill: Preheat grill to medium-high.

Step 4

Lightly oil the grill rack. Grill the steak, turning once, 6 to 7 minutes total for medium-rare skirt steak or 9 to 12 minutes for medium-rare flank steak. Transfer to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before thinly slicing.

Tip

Oiling a grill rack before you grill foods helps ensure that the food won’t stick. Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

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