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Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos with Pecan-Chipotle Salsa

For her Manhattan restaurant, Salvation Taco, F&W Best New Chef 2007 April Bloomfield worked with chef Roberto Santibanez to develop a menu of admittedly inauthentic, but very delicious and creative Mexican-inspired dishes like this amazing skirt steak taco.

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  • Servings: 4 to 6

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  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 medium serrano chile, with seeds
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 pounds trimmed skirt steak, cut crosswise into 4- to 5-inch pieces
  • 12 warmed corn tortillas, for serving
  • Shredded carrots, pickled jalapeños and chopped white onion, for garnish
  • Pecan-Chipotle Salsa and lime wedges, for serving


  1. In a food processor, combine the cilantro with the red onion, serrano chile, garlic, lime juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Puree until nearly smooth. Scrape the marinade into a large resealable plastic bag. Add the steak pieces and turn until well coated. Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Remove the steak from the marinade and let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  3. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush the steak with oil and season with salt and pepper. Oil the grill grates and grill the steak over high heat, turning once or twice, until lightly charred outside and medium-rare within, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer the steak to a carving board, let rest for 5 minutes and slice across the grain; serve with the tortillas, garnishes, Pecan-Chipotle Salsa and limes.

Suggested Pairing

Pair a juicy Spanish Garnacha with these flavorful, slightly spicy tacos.

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published May 2013

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