|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 5 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 34g||44%|
|Saturated Fat 6g||30%|
|Total Carbohydrate 38g||14%|
|Dietary Fiber 8g||29%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 35mg||175%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Flat iron steaks have gained popularity in recent years due to their delicious flavor and good amount of fat, but also because, compared to other steaks, they are lower in cost without losing flavor. Flat iron steaks cook relatively quickly and can be a great addition to your busy weeknight meal plan. Our delicious marinade infuses the steak with a ton of flavor—it's up to you and how much time you have to let the meat soak it up for just a couple of hours or a few more. The spicy marinade is mild but bright and lively thanks to the cumin, chili powder, lime, and chipotle. Although delicious served with baked potatoes and a salad, these steaks are truly wonderful when put together taco-style with guacamole and pico de gallo, served inside warm corn tortillas.
Flat iron steak is a cut coming from a top blade roast (shoulder). It's even in thickness and has a good amount of fat, which provides it with a ton of flavor and makes the cooked cut nice and moist. Many confuse flat iron steak with flank steak, and although both are great cuts, flank steak comes from the belly muscle and is a lot leaner and tougher. The main difference between these steaks is that flank steak requires long periods of cooking to soften the fibers, while flat iron steak can be grilled to medium rare in a lot less time. For our recipe, you need a quick sear on both sides of the steak and then 15 minutes for it to be cooked to perfect medium-rare.
This recipe is simple and well suited to weeknight meals, but it's also so delicious that it can be the star of any outdoor get-together, like barbecues and picnics. Get ahead of prepping by placing the steak in the marinade in the morning, but don't allow more than eight hours of soaking as the lime in the mixture might make the steak mushy if over-marinated. Although our preparation suggests guacamole and pico de gallo as the ideal garnishes, these steaks will be great with other toppings, so consider making your own taco bar. Charred corn, queso fresco, chimichurri, crema, tangy coleslaw, black beans, and grilled vegetables are all in play in the taco game.
2 flat iron steaks
12 medium corn tortillas
1/2 cup prepared guacamole
1/2 cup pico de gallo
8 lime wedges, for garnish
For the Marinade:
1/2 cup oil
4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice, from 2 limes
1/4 cup minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons cumin powder
1 tablespoon sea salt
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Place flat iron steaks into a resealable plastic bag. Combine marinade ingredients and pour over steaks, making sure every inch of meat is coated well. Gently, release air from the bag, seal, and place into the refrigerator for 2 to 8 hours.
Remove steaks from the bag and discard any leftover marinade. Place steaks onto the grill and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Reduce heat to medium and cook for another 12 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the meat and desired doneness.
Once cooked, remove steaks from heat and place onto a large cutting board. Let meat rest for a few minutes before carving.
Slice meat against the grain into thin pieces and place onto a serving platter. Cover platter with foil to keep warm while you get the other ingredients ready.
To assemble: Simply place 3 to 4 strips of meat into warmed corn tortillas and top with guacamole, pico de gallo, and any other condiments of choice. Serve with seasoned rice, refried beans, and lime wedges.