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Chile-Rubbed Skirt Steak Tacos

Robin Williams joins Martha to make delicious chile-rubbed skirt steak tacos.

  • Servings: 8
Chile-Rubbed Skirt Steak Tacos

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, April 2006


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons mild chile powder
  • 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked or sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder or very finely ground coffee beans
  • 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak
  • Eight 6-inch corn or flour tortillas
  • Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa
  • Fresh cilantro sprigs, for serving
  • Grated jack cheese, for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving


  1. On a work surface, crush garlic cloves using the flat side of a large knife; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Place the flat side of the knife blade on top of the garlic and salt; press firmly, pulling knife toward you. Repeat until a paste forms; transfer to a small bowl. Add chile powder, brown sugar, paprika, cumin, pepper, espresso, and remaining tablespoon salt; stir to combine.

  2. Rub mixture all over skirt steak, and place in a large freezer bag to marinate for 30 minutes.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap tortillas in parchment-paper-lined aluminum foil; while grilling steak, bake tortillas until warmed through, 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. Preheat grill pan over high heat, or use an outdoor grill. Place steak on grill, and cook for 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve thinly sliced steak in warmed tortillas; top with salsa, cilantro, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, and lime wedges, if desired.

Reviews (5)

  • hugnkiss 25 Mar, 2009

    wow, i just made this for me and my fiance last night and it was amazing! the rub is outstanding! a little spicy, a little sweet, perfect! our grill is not working right now so i acutally put it in the broiler- came out perfect. the only thing that i will change next time is use less salt. it seems to be a tad too much.

  • Erin39 2 Sep, 2008

    These are by far the best steak tacos I've ever made, not to mention put in my mouth. This is very simple to make and the rub is outstanding. The only thing I did different was that I used a london broil instead of skirt steak. I grilled it the same way. Came out perfect!

  • fmr 26 Jul, 2008

    I have made these tacos for friends and children who don't like anything - but everyone loves these. They are quick, easy and delicious.

  • fmr 26 Jul, 2008

    I have made these tacos for friends and children who don't like anything - but everyone loves these. They are quick, easy and delicious.

  • curlyourlashes 9 Jan, 2008

    I made these for a BBQ as well as grilled chicken. The steak was so good, the platter was polished off before everyone could take seconds.

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