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Grilled Skirt Steak with Corn Salsa and Black Beans

June 2007
Grilled Skirt Steak with Corn Salsa and Black Beans

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Make enough for leftovers! They'll wrap up easily in a tortilla, and as a bonus you can take them on the go.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 40 mins

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 15 1/2 ounce cans  black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 12 ounce bottle  Mexican or domestic beer
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 pounds skirt steaks
  • 3 ears corn, shucked
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped and juice reserved
  • Grated peel of 1 small lime, plus juice of 2 small limes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  1. Build a charcoal fire or preheat a gas grill. In a large, heavy saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over direct high heat. Add the garlic, onion and cumin and cook until the onions begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the beans and beer; season with salt and pepper to taste and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mash the beans with the back of a fork and simmer, stirring frequently, until thickened, 5 to 10 minutes. Keep warm.
  2. Brush the steak and corn with olive oil and season with salt. Grill over direct medium-high heat, flipping the steak halfway through and turning the corn occasionally, until the steak is medium-rare and the corn is blistered, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the meat to a platter to rest for 10 minutes before slicing thinly against the grain.
  3. Using a kitchen towel, stand the cob on its end and run a small, sharp knife down the cob to remove the kernels. Break up the kernels and place in a glass or plastic bowl along with the tomatoes and their juices. Stir in half the lime juice and 2 tablespoons cilantro and season with salt. Set aside.
  4. Season the reserved beans with the lime peel, remaining lime juice, remaining 2 tablespoons cilantro and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with the corn salsa and steak.
Tip Smart move
  • Use coarse salt and freshly ground pepper for extra flavor and texture.