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Playing Curtis Stone’s Grilled Chili-Rubbed Flank Steak Tacos


For the Steaks:
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Two 16-ounce flank steaks
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
For the Tacos:
  • 1/2 head Napa cabbage, halved lengthwise and shredded crosswise (about 3 cups)
  • 1 large carrot, cut into 2-inch-long matchstick-size strips
  • 8 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced on a sharp diagonal
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro sprigs
  • Twelve 6-inch corn tortillas
For serving:
  • For serving: Sliced avocados, lime wedges, hot sauce (such as Cholula)


Serves: 4


To prepare the steaks: In a small bowl, mix the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to blend. Generously sprinkle 4 teaspoons of the spice mixture all over each steak; reserve any remaining spice mixture for another use. Cover the steaks and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Prepare the barbecue for medium-high heat. Drizzle the oil over the steaks and grill until they are brown on both sides and cooked to the desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer the steaks to a carving board and let rest for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the tacos: In a large bowl, toss the cabbage, carrots, scallions, and cilantro together.

Heat the tortillas on the grill, turning occasionally, for about 1 minute, or until hot. Transfer to a serving bowl and cover to keep warm.

To serve: Cut the steak across the grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Transfer the steak slices and any carving juices to a platter. Serve the steak with tortillas, cabbage mixture, avocados, limes, and hot sauce. Let each guest fill two tortillas with some steak and cabbage mixture and top with avocados, lime, and hot sauce.