Garlic-Chile Flank Steak
Serve this great-tasting, tender steak as part of a taco party or with a mixed green salad and sliced avocados.
Yield: makes 8 servings
Total: 1 hour 25 minutes (including 1 hour marinating time). To make ahead: Marinate steak in the refrigerator for up to 1 day and/or refrigerate cooked steak for up to 1 day. Slice just before serving.
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons ground ancho chile pepper (see Ingredient Note)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1 1/4 pounds flank steak, trimmed of fat
Whisk garlic, vinegar, oil, ground chile, oregano, cumin and salt in a small bowl. Place steak in a shallow baking dish and pour marinade over it, turning to coat both sides. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, turning once, or overnight.
Preheat grill to high heat. Oil the grill rack. Grill the steak until desired doneness, 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium. Transfer to a plate, cover with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice the steak very thinly across the grain.
Serve warm or chilled.
note: Ancho chili peppers are on e of the most popular chiles used in Mexico. They are dried poblano peppers and have a mild, sweet, spicy flavor. Ground ancho chile peppers can be found in the specialty-spice section of large supermarkets, or substitute ground chili powder with a pinch of cayenne.