Skirt steak is the secret weapon in your arsenal that sometimes gets under-valued and forgotten. (which is okay by me, so long as it keeps the price down!) We respect that everyone has their personal favorite cut of beef. But right now, this one gets two steak knives up. Skirt steak boasts a beefy flavor combined with the juicy tenderness that keeps you coming back for more. The trick, as is the case with all beef, is to cut it against the grain.
If you weren't already a skirt steak fan, we'll definitely have you singing its praise after you try this masterful recipe, from our Traeger On a Budget ebook.
Skirt Steak Margarita with Black Bean, Corn and Avocado Salsa
PELLETS: Mesquite | PREP TIME: 20 min. plus several hours for marinating the meat | COOK TIME: 10 min. SERVES: 6
for the Steak
1/4 cup tequila
1 tablespoon triple sec or other orange-flavored liqueur
2 teaspoons coarse salt (kosher or sea)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds skirt steak, trimmed
Flour tortillas for serving
for the Salsa
1 large or 2 medium tomatoes, diced
1-1/2 cups canned corn, drained (see Note below)
1 cup canned black beans, drained, rinsed, and drained again
1/2 cup diced red onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced, or diced pickled jalapeno chips
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Remove the zest from the lime, then juice the lime. Put both the zest and the juice in a small mixing bowl. Add the tequila, triple sec, and salt and stir until the salt crystals dissolve. Whisk in the oil. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag and add the meat.
Seal and refrigerate for several hours, or overnight.
Make the salsa the day you plan to serve the steak. Put the tomatoes, corn, beans, onions, garlic, and jalapeno in a mixing bowl. When you're doing so much chopping, using an RSVP Endurance Finger Guard can literally save you some skin.
If you're an aggressive chopper or just trying to do too many things at once (guilty), the finger guard will give you a protective barrier between those precious fingers and that blade.
Stir in the lime juice, vinegar, cilantro, and cumin. Gently fold in the avocado with a rubber spatula. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Cover and refrigerate if not serving immediately.
When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 450 degrees F (High if you have a manual controller) and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.
Remove the steak from the marinade and dry with paper towels.
Grill for 5 minutes per side, or until the steak is done to your liking. (Skirt steak often varies in thickness within the same piece.)
Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 2 minutes or more. Slice thinly on the diagonal.
Serve with tortillas and the salsa (which is delicious enough to be standalone!).