Grilled Leg of Lamb, Mexican-Style


Andrew Zimmern’s Kitchen AdventuresHomemade tortillas are on a whole different level from their store-bought siblings, especially when mixed with bacon fat and the green bite of fresh scallion. Don’t be intimidated—they’re fun to make and fairly simple. Rene Ortiz, from La Condesa, inspired this recipe, which has a roll-your-own element that echos the fun of family fajita night. And parents, please make these tortillas with your little kids, who will go bonkers for the meal if they get to help make it. — Andrew Zimmern Slideshow: More Recipes for Leg of Lamb 

Grilled Leg of Lamb, Mexican-Style
Photo: © Stephanie Meyer
Active Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs


  • One 3-pound well-trimmed boneless leg of lamb

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon pure New Mexico chile powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, rubbed

  • Sea salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped sage

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary

  • 6 plum tomatoes, halved

  • 2 poblano chiles—quartered lengthwise, stemmed and seeded

  • 1 large red onion, cut into 8 wedges through the core

  • 12 scallions

  • Bacon Fat Tortillas and Tomatillo Salsa, for serving


  1. Spread the lamb on a work surface and lightly pound the thickest part of the meat to a 2-inch thickness. Put the lamb in a large resealable plastic bag. Add the lime juice, chile powder, oregano, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.

  2. Remove the lamb from the marinade and blot it dry with paper towels. Bring the lamb to room temperature.

  3. Light a grill and oil the grates. Brush the lamb with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderate heat until lightly charred on the underside, about 10 minutes. Turn the lamb over and scatter the sage and rosemary on top. Grill the lamb, turning once more, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 135° for medium-rare or 140° for medium, 20 to 25 minutes longer. Transfer the lamb to a work surface and let rest for 15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss the tomatoes, poblanos, onion wedges and scallions with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until lightly charred and just tender, 4 to 7 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a serving platter. Thinly slice the lamb across the grain and transfer it to the platter. Serve with the Bacon Fat Tortillas and Tomatillo Salsa.

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