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Chile-Rubbed Skirt Steak Tacos


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

  • Servings: 8

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.

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