Spencer Dinwiddie's Citrus-Lime Steak Quesadilla with Pico de Gallo

by Spencer Dinwiddie 3:00 AM, February 21, 2018

Aired February 21, 2018

Serves 4

The steak can be grilled or seared in a cast-iron pan.


For the quesadilla:
Juice of 2 Limes
1 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon fine Himalayan salt
Cayenne pepper, to taste
2 pounds skirt steak
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for brushing
1 white onion, thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
4 large flour tortillas
8 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

For the pico de gallo:
2 firm tomatoes, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 white onion, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 350˚F. In a medium bowl, combine lime and orange juice, salt, and pinch cayenne pepper. Submerge skirt steak and marinate for at least 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, stir together ingredients for pico de gallo.

Heat oil in heavy large skillet over high heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook until slightly tender. Push the vegetables to the sides of the pan and add the steak. Cook until desired doneness, about 3 minutes per side for rare. Transfer steak to cutting board. Let rest 5 minutes; slice.

Brush 4 tortillas with oil; place tortillas, oil side down, on 2 baking sheets. Spread half the tortilla with 1/4 each of the cheddar, steak, vegetables, and Jack cheese. Fold tortilla in half and brush top of quesadillas with oil.

Bake quesadillas for 5 minutes. Flip, and bake until heated through, 5 to 7 minutes more. Transfer quesadillas to plates. Cut into wedges. Serve with pico de gallo.


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