Cola-Marinated Flank Steak with Frito Chilaquiles


To make his version of chilaquiles (fried tortilla chips lightly cooked in salsa), Jamie Bissonnette unabashedly opts for Fritos. "They have great corn flavor, and they are crunchier than I could ever get tortillas by frying them myself."

Cola-Marinated Flank Steak with Frito Chilaquiles
Arkansas knows what’s good. Using cola as a marinade is creative and delicious, like this cola-marinated flank steak with Frito chilaquiles. Photo: © Christina Holmes
Total Time:
45 mins
4 to 6


  • 4 cups cola, preferably made with cane sugar

  • 2 teaspoons jarred Thai green curry paste

  • 2 Fresno chiles or jalapeños, thinly sliced crosswise

  • One 1 1/2-pound flank steak, cut lengthwise and crosswise to make 4 steaks

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, plus more for brushing

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • One 16-ounce jar salsa verde

  • 8 ounces Fritos

  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

  • 2 Hass avocados, diced

  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Cotija cheese

  • Lime wedges, for serving


  1. In a 9-by-13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish, whisk the cola with the green curry paste and sliced Fresno chiles. Add the flank steaks and turn to coat thoroughly. Let the steaks stand at room temperature for 15 minutes, turning occasionally.

  2. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan and oil the grate. Remove the flank steaks from the marinade and pat them dry. Brush the steaks with canola oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until the steaks are medium-rare, about 8 minutes total. Transfer the steaks to a work surface and let rest for 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the 1 tablespoon of canola oil. Add the salsa verde and bring to a simmer. Cook over moderate heat, stirring, until slightly reduced and thickened, about 4 minutes. Add the Fritos to the salsa and cook, stirring, until the chips are soft with some crunchy bits but not falling apart, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup of the cilantro and transfer the chilaquiles to a platter.

  4. Thinly slice the steaks across the grain. Top the chilaquiles with the sliced steak and any accumulated meat juices. Scatter the avocados, Cotija cheese and remaining 1/4 cup of cilantro on top and serve immediately with lime wedges.

Suggested Pairing

Bold, lively Tempranillo-based reds from Spain’s Rioja region are terrific with grilled steaks.

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