Steak Tacos with Charred Salsa

This chile pepper is often mislabeled ‘Pasilla’, which is a different pepper entirely.It is one of the most popular chiles in Mexico and has won the appreciation of many a chef worldwide because of the superior flavor it has over regular bell peppers.

They have a tough outer skin that usually requires roasting and peeling before use. These very large chile peppers are most popular in chiles rellenos recipes, but cooking with these as a substitute for bell peppers in any recipe will enhance the flavor.

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Yield: Makes 6 servings


4 ears fresh corn, husked
1 medium-size onion, cut into eighths
7 sweet mini bell peppers or 1 red bell pepper
1 large poblano pepper
1 pound grape tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
2 pounds skirt or flank steak
2 tablespoons Montreal steak seasoning or your favorite steak rub
2 garlic cloves, pressed
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
12 (6-inch) corn tortillas, warmed

Toppings: fresh cilantro leaves, crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese


1. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush first 5 ingredients with 2 Tbsp. olive oil. Cook corn and onions in hot pan, turning occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes or until charred. Remove from pan. Cook peppers in pan 5 to 6 minutes or until charred. Remove from pan. Cook tomatoes in pan 2 to 3 minutes or until charred.

2. Rub steak with steak seasoning, and cook in pan over medium-high heat 5 to 6 minutes on each side or to desired degree of doneness. Remove from pan, and let stand 5 minutes. Chop steak.

3. Cut corn kernels from cobs, and place in a large bowl. Discard cobs. Chop onion, mini peppers, poblano, and tomatoes. Stir together garlic, next 2 ingredients, remaining 2 Tbsp. olive oil, and chopped vegetables. Serve steak and salsa in tortillas with desired toppings.

From Southern Living, May 2016