Ancho Garlic Steaks with Summer Salsa

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
The first time I tasted this, I was amazed how well the blueberries and watermelon went with the peppery steak. Use whatever fruits are in season so you can serve this anytime. —Veronica Callaghan, Glastonbury, Connecticut
Ancho Garlic Steaks with Summer Salsa Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 boneless beef top loin steaks (1-1/4 inches thick and 8 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ancho chile 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


  1. Rub steaks with chili pepper and garlic salt. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°), 7-9 minutes on each side.
  2. In a bowl, combine salsa ingredients. Cut steak into slices; serve with salsa.
Strip Steak
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.

Nutrition 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.