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Monday, May 9, 2016

Tex-Mex Marinated Beef Skewers

Sometimes I like to serve meat skewers with a sauce at the table, but other times I don’t think it’s needed. This is one of those times. A flavorful, spicy, savory, and, yes, saucy marinade penetrates tender beef chunks and stands up to the heat of the grill. Here, I went with big Tex-Mex flavor that comes together easily with a few simple ingredients. Marinating time is all it needs.

And at the table? Dig in. No sauce needed. 

Serves 4

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp adobo sauce
  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling and grilling
  • sea salt
  • 1-lb beef sirloin steak (about 1-inch thick), cut into 12 equal pieces 
  • 8 1-inch wedges of red onion
  • 8 1-inch pieces of red bell pepper
Marinade Ingredients (minus cumin)
Sirloin Steak
Prepared Onion and Pepper
  1. Combine the garlic, chipotle, scallion, cilantro, adobo sauce, lime juice, and cumin in a medium bowl. Whisk in 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt.
  2. Add the beef chunks to the bowl and turn several times to coat in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate 2-4 hours. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before grilling.
  3. Place the red onion and pepper pieces in a small bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and toss to coat.
  4. Remove the beef from the marinade and thread 3 pieces onto each of 4 skewers, alternating with pieces of onion and bell pepper.
Beef in Marinade
Ready to Grill
  1. Light a grill for medium-high heat. Grill the skewers until lightly charred in spots and the beef is medium-rare, 8-9 minutes (or to desired degree of doneness).
Skewers Beginning to Grill
Grilled Beef Skewers
Transfer to a platter and let rest 5 minutes before serving.

Tex-Mex Marinated Beef Skewers

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