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Pan-Seared Skirt Steak With Poblano Chiles and Onions

Prep time 25 mins
Cook time 45 mins
Other Time time 35 mins
Yield Makes 4 to 6 servings
This popular dish is similar to fajitas. Purchase bitter orange juice marinade in the Mexican food section of supermarkets.


  • 3 poblano chiles
  • 2 pounds skirt or flank steak
  • 2 cups bitter orange juice marinade or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium-size red onion, sliced
  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced

How to Make It

  1. Broil chiles on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet 5 inches from heat 5 minutes on each side or until chiles look blistered.

  2. Place chiles in a zip-top plastic freezer bag; seal and let stand 15 minutes to loosen skins. Peel chiles; remove and discard seeds. Cut chiles into thin slices, and set aside.

  3. Cut steak into 4 to 6 pieces, and place the steak in an 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Pour bitter orange juice marinade over steak, and sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper. Cover and chill 20 minutes.

  4. Drain steak, discarding marinade. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat 3 minutes; add oil. Cook steak pieces, in batches, 5 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer inserted in steak reads 135° or to desired degree of doneness. Remove to a serving plate, and keep warm.

  5. Add onions, carrots, and chiles to skillet; cook, stirring often, 10 minutes or until onions are brown. Cut steak pieces diagonally across the grain into thin strips. Spoon vegetables over steak; serve immediately.

  6. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Goya Bitter Orange Marinade.

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