Ancho Garlic Steaks with Summer Salsa Recipe
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Ancho Garlic Steaks with Summer Salsa Recipe

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The first time I tasted this, I was amazed how well the blueberries and watermelon go with the peppery steak. Use whatever fruits are in season so you can serve this anytime. —Veronica Callaghan, Glastonbury, Connecticut
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 boneless beef top loin steaks (1-1/4 inches thick and 8 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ancho chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • SALSA:
  • 1 cup seeded diced watermelon
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated fresh gingerroot
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

3 ounces cooked beef with 1/2 cup salsa: 195 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 442mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 fruit.


  1. Rub steaks with chili pepper and garlic salt. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 7-9 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°).
  2. In a bowl, combine salsa ingredients. Cut steak into slices; serve with salsa. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Top loin steak may be labeled as strip steak, Kansas City steak, New York strip steak, ambassador steak or boneless club steak in your region.
Originally published as Ancho Garlic Steaks with Summer Salsa in Simple & Delicious August/September 2015

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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