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30-Minute Meals 2: Rio Grande Spice Rub Strip Steaks

A Southwestern-style spice rub adds nice flavor to this simple steak recipe.

Not much can go wrong here: add spices, throw the meat on the grill, and you've got dinner. The 30-Minute Meals 2 menu format serves this recipe with Cracked Corn and Cheese Squares and Mexican Fiesta Salad. Both are good accompaniments.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

4 sirloin strip steaks, 1-inch thick (8 to 10 ounces each)
1 1/2 Tbsp ground ancho chili or dark chili powder
1 1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1 large red onion, cut into thick slices
Olive oil or vegetable oil, for the onion
salt and pepper

Remove steaks from refrigerator and let them rest for a few minutes to take the chill off.

Preheat grill pan or outdoor grill to high heat. Combine spice rub ingredients in a small bowl. Rub well into steaks.

Coat red onion slices in a drizzle of oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Grill steaks and onion slices, 5 minutes on each side (this will produce medium-rare steaks; cook 3 to 4 minutes for rare, 7 to 8 minutes for medium). Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes. Season with salt. Top with slices of grilled onions. Serve with Cracked Corn Squares and Mexican Fiesta Salad.

 

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