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Steaks with Poblano Relish

Spice up mealtime with these juicy beef tenderloins topped with a zippy, Southwestern-style poblano pepper and garlic relish. Billie Moss of Walnut Creek, California shared the recipe.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + standing Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1/2 poblano or Anaheim pepper, stem and seeds removed
  • 1 unpeeled garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon plus 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, divided
  • 2 beef tenderloin steaks (4 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Dash salt and pepper


  • Broil pepper half and garlic clove 4 in. from heat until skin on pepper blisters, about 10-12 minutes. Immediately place pepper and garlic in a bowl; cover and let stand 15-20 minutes.
  • Peel pepper and garlic, discarding skins; finely chop and place in a small bowl. Stir in cilantro, 1/4 teaspoon cumin and 1/8 teaspoon chili powder; set aside.
  • Rub steaks with oil. Combine salt, pepper and remaining cumin and chili powder; rub over steaks. In a nonstick skillet, cook steaks over medium-high heat 5-7 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. Serve with poblano relish.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 steak with 2 tablespoons relish : 208 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 fat.

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