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Cumin-Chili Spiced Flank Steak

This is a wonderful steak to share with friends and family. They’ll rave about the sizzling grilled flank steak served with flavorful jalapeno and tomato salsa and couscous. —Yvonne Starlin, Hermitage, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 small sweet red peppers, cut into 2-inch strips
  • 1 small sweet yellow pepper, cut into 2-inch strips
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, halved and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 beef flank steak (1-1/2 pounds)
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons lime juice
  • Hot cooked couscous
  • Lime wedges


  • Preheat broiler. Place the first 5 ingredients in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Toss with 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Broil 4 in. from heat 10-12 minutes or until vegetables are tender and begin to char, turning once.
  • Meanwhile, mix salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and the remaining oil; rub over both sides of steak. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 6-9 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°). Let stand 5 minutes.
  • For salsa, chop broiled onion and jalapenos; place in a small bowl. Stir in tomatoes and lime juice. Thinly slice steak across the grain; serve with salsa, broiled peppers, couscous and lime wedges.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving (calculated without couscous) : 359 calories, 20g fat (6g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 562mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 35g protein.

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  • toolbarsco
    Jun 24, 2014

    This made a wonderful, tasty dinner. I substituted spicy green rice for couscous (recipe is from Jan 2014 Southern Living mag). Because the rice has a lot of jalapeno in it, I omitted the jalapenos from this recipe. Be sure to read the recipe thoroughly before starting. One thing I would do differently is chop up the onion (and jalapenos if used) beforehand and broil them separately from other veggies. It's difficult and messy to separate and chop the onions (and jalapenos if used) after broiling with the other vegetables. I did not broil the grape tomatoes (just a personal preference--don't care for the texture) but did cut them into quarters before adding the onions (and jalapenos) to prepare salsa. Like I said, be sure to read the recipe carefully and think of ways to simplify the steps. Next time I will grill the steak on the BBQ and broil veggies at the same time to speed things up. Also, I will add onion and garlic powder to the rub. All that being said, this is a very tasty recipe that I will make again!