1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground white pepper
1/4 c lime juice
4 oz tequila
1/3 c olive oil
1.5 lb round steak
Well, it's official: I love cooking with liquor. Is that surprising? Probably not. I have a love-hate relationship with tequila. I love it in margaritas but hate it by itself. This makes sense, right? Tequila alone usually never has good results ... or maybe that's just me. At any rate, I find that I'd rather enjoy my tequila on a patio in a margarita or in a meat marinade. Tequila has less of an (bad) effect on me if it's mixed into something. A lot of people associate tequila with Latin foods, but how about we try it as a marinade for steak?
When I found this recipe, I was so intrigued by the combination of flavors I knew I had to try it out. We're all used to the tequila and lime combination, but tequila, lime and steak—sign me up. I must admit, recipes involving red meat must have a really delicious appeal for me to test it out. You probably can't tell from the things that I cook, but I have a slight fear of meat. I can't explain it—I won't even try—but just know that I've faced my meat fears and I'm conquering them one dish at a time. Now, let's conquer this steak.
First things first: Decide what tequila you're going to be using. That is the most important part, isn't it? I used Orendain white tequila, which I purchased while in Mexico. I don't know a lot about tequila, but this worked just fine.
Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl and whisk.
Place the steak and the marinade in a ziploc. Refrigerate for a few hours.
After it's done marinating, add it to a pan (I used a cast iron skillet). If you have a grill, I would just grill it; everything is much better when you use a grill. You'll notice I added a sprig of thyme to the marinade.
Take the steak out of the pan and let it rest before cutting it. Garnish with some greenery. I used sliced jalapeños. As a side dish, serve with some of your favorite veggies, or better yet, potatoes. You'll need some starch to soak up the tequila you're going to be drinking with the steak.
Full recipe (plus pictures) are available on The Boys Club. Don't fret, even if you're not a boy, you can still read the recipe.
Additional Notes: I feel like we have an open dialogue here so I'll be honest and tell you, I overcooked my steak just a bit. It still didn't take away from the flavors but I would probably cook it a bit less the next time around.
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