Santa Fe Steak

Santa Fe Steak
Santa Fe Steak Dana Hoff/Getty Images
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 16 mins
Total: 36 mins
Servings: 4 servings

This is a great way to take a not so tender steak and turn it into something fantastic. This round steak is marinated in a flavorful spice mixture, grilled hot and fast, and carved into thin strips.


  • 1 1/2 pounds (700 g) top round steak, 1-inch thick
  • 1 large avocado (diced)
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) frozen margarita drink mix (thawed) or use 1/4 cup (60 mL) lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) vegetable oil
  • 2-4 cloves garlic (minced)k
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 mL) coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine margarita mix, cilantro, vegetable oil, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper.

  2. Reserve 2 tablespoons of mixture and pour remaining into a resealable plastic bag.

  3. Add steaks to ​the mixture, turning to coat. Seal bag and refrigerate for 2 to 8 hours.

  4. Preheat grill for medium-high heat.

  5. Remove steaks from ​the bag and discard the marinade.

  6. Place steaks on grill and cook until done, about 6 to 8 minutes per side.

  7. Meanwhile, ​combine 2 tablespoons of the marinade with avocado and onion.

  8. Toss until evenly mixed.

  9. Remove steaks from grill, let meat rest for 5 minutes and carve into thin slices. Serve with avocado salsa.

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