Fire up the grill for juicy, flavor-packed steaks coated in a quick and easy marinade. Serve with baked fries and sliced ripe tomatoes for a complete meal.
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons minced garlic
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks (about 1 inch thick)
How to Make It
Combine first 9 ingredients in a small bowl, and rub marinade mixture evenly over both sides of steaks. Let steaks stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Remove steaks from marinade, and discard remaining marinade. Place steaks on a grill rack coated with cooking spray, and grill 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from grill, and let stand 5 minutes.
Ever think of just enjoying the natural flavor of a great steak (any cut). Wouldn't waste my time ... save the marinades, etc for cheaper cuts of meat. If the meat is a great cut, don't cover it up. I would NEVER make this!
Let me just say up front that I'm not a fan of marinades on tenderloins. I tried the recipe because Cooking Light has almost never let me down, and because I thought the spices sounded intriguing.
I can see why others might like it but, frankly, I think this is a waste of a good tenderloin. The marinade would be excellent on a tougher, less flavorful piece of meat. For me, this just reminded me why I believe that the less that you do to a tenderloin, the better.
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