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Coffee and Ancho Chile Skirt Steak with Green Chile-Apple Relish

It's an unusual combination, but when coffee and chile mingle with meat, the flavor is extraordinary. The relish adds an exclamation point.

Sunset FEBRUARY 2014

  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
  • Total:30 Minutes


  • 1 tablespoon finely ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder*
  • About 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 skirt steak (1 1/2 to 2 lbs.)
  • 1/4 pound mild green chiles, such as Anaheim or poblano, cut in half and seeded
  • 1/2 tart apple, such as Granny Smith, quartered and cored
  • 1/2 small onion, cut into thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime juice


1. Heat a grill to medium-high (350° to 450°). In a small bowl, combine coffee, chile powder, 2 tsp. salt, and the brown sugar. Rub all over steak and let sit. Rub green chiles, apple, and onion with oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.

2. Grill steak, turning once (dry rub on meat will be very dark), 8 to 10 minutes total for medium-rare. Meanwhile, grill chiles, apple, and onion until lightly charred all over, 6 to 8 minutes.

3. Transfer everything to a cutting board, tent steak with foil, and let rest 5 minutes. Meanwhile, chop chiles, apple, and onion and transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in oregano and lime juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Thinly slice steak against the grain and top with chile-apple relish.

*Find ancho chile powder at well-stocked grocery stores.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 216
  • Calories from fat: 49%
  • Protein: 21g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrate: 3.4g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Sodium: 571mg
  • Cholesterol: 48mg

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