Fiery Barbecue Flank Steak Tacos with "Summer Mess" Salsa (and a Giveaway!)
My roommate is always harassing me to put more barbecue recipes on this site. As previously mentioned, barbecue is one of the Dude’s favorite food groups/topics of discussion, and he seems to consider it his duty to offer unsolicited barbecue suggestions and “inspiration” for the blog. This is often done by tagging me in various BBQ establishments’ Instagram posts, usually with a comment along the lines of, “Daddy like!!!!! @serenagwolf.”
To be honest, I thought I’d done a pretty decent job this summer on the grilling front, but I was wrong. Apparently my choices have skewed far too “girly,” and grilling peaches, watermelon, corn, and even chicken, doesn’t count as “real grilling.” According to grill master Logan, people want more “badass meats,” and I need to be using wayyyy more barbecue sauce.
Usually, I’d write off Logan’s comments as the biased rantings of a barbecue extremist, but I decided to indulge his fetish today for three reasons…
1. I hadn’t grilled a single steak all summer. BLASPHEMY.
2. The Dude’s right, anything with barbecue sauce is bomb.
3. I really, really like to watch Logan eat barbecue. Even when I know he’s going to get the meat sweats and/or disgrace The Dude Diet, his happiness is contagious and rather intoxicating. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I love me a BBQ contact high.
When I informed Logan that I planned to do something barbecue-themed this week, he responded with predictably terrifying excitement and immediately launched into a solid 30-minute description of his meatiest fantasies. (Unfortunately, I was forced to shut down the majority of the Dude’s ideas, as I figured most of you weren’t interested in recipes that involved multiple days of preparation.)
After a rather heated discussion (during which Logan did his best to peer pressure me into buying an 8-pound pork butt), we finally agreed on a recipe concept. And less than an hour later, we were happily crushing Fiery Barbecue Flank Steak Tacos with “Summer Mess” Salsa. HALLELUJAH.
I know, I know, these aren’t necessarily the most traditional barbecue choice. But I have a mild taco obsession, and there is beef and barbecue sauce involved, so just go with it.
And THIS STEAK. Dear God.
I’m a die-hard fan of flank steak for several reasons. It’s cheap, it cooks quickly, and when properly prepared, it’s amazingly tender and juicy. In this case, I generously salted the steak, threw it on a very hot grill for a few minutes on each side, then lowered the heat and basted it with Fiery Sweet Texas Pete Wing Sauce (which is obviously not just for wings). The magical sauce caramelized on the beef like a dream, giving it a fabulous smoky-sweet flavor with a serious kick. Love.
I would happily eat this fiery flank steak solo, but piling it on warm tortillas with “Summer Mess” Salsa and extra BBQ sauce is straight up heavenly. In fact, Logan actually teared up a little bit. (This may or may not have been because he doused his tacos in Sriracha without tasting them first, but whatever. Tears are tears.)
I need to briefly delve into the wonders of this salsa, friends. I dubbed it “Summer Mess” because it literally contains the season’s most glorious produce: peaches, sweet corn, and juicy cherry tomatoes. Sexed up with fresh cilantro, a squeeze of lime, and plenty of jalapeños, this mother of all fruit salsas is simultaneously sweet, tangy, and HOT, and I plan to put it on everything for the next two weeks. (Summer’s not over yet, dammit.)
In short, these tacos are the perfect summer meal. They’re fresh, festive, and surprisingly light, and if you get two people involved (teamwork!), you could easily pull them off in about half an hour. Plus, they happen to be on the more beach body-friendly side of things, which is always good. When portion-controlled, they’re 100% Dude Diet approved, and those of you feeling particularly virtuous can obviously break out the lettuce wraps. Get on it.
In addition to this badass recipe, I have something pretty thrilling for you today…
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First of all, I’ve been using Texas Pete products for a long time, and I sincerely appreciate their fiery deliciousness. Second, I was legit afraid my roommate would disown me if he found out I had withheld the possibility of free barbecue-related items from him my fans. (Needless to say, he plans to enter this giveaway, which I legally cannot prevent. Please give him some competition.) And finally, I just want to give you awesome things because I think you’re the best, and I love you. Fact.
So, without further ado, this is what’s up for grabs…
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- Full size bottle of Fiery Sweet Texas Pete Wing Sauce. You can use it to make these bomb tacos!
- Full size bottle of CHA! Sriracha Sauce. You know how much I love Sriracha, and this once makes me seriously question my loyalty to Huy Fong.
- Full size bottle of the Original Texas Pete Hot Sauce. It puts Tabasco to shame.
- Texas Pete koozie. Please enter this giveaway because Logan’s koozie drawer is already overflowing.
- Texas Pete bandana. I’m not usually one for bandanas, but perhaps you could wear it to the gym? Or put it on a dog? Dogs with bandanas are much cuter than dogs without bandanas.
- Texas Pete decal. Who doesn’t love stickers?
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Fiery BBQ Flank Steak Tacos with “Summer Mess” Salsa: (Serves 4)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 ears corn, kernels removed
2 peaches, peeled, cored and diced (If you’ve never peeled a peach, this handy tutorial will help.)
1 small jalapeño, thinly sliced into rings (If you’re not into super spicy, seed your jalapeño first.)
½ small red onion, minced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
½ lime, juiced
1 pound flank steak
¼ cup Texas Pete’s Fiery Sweet Wing Sauce (or BBQ sauce of your choice)
8 flour tortillas (or corn if you’re doing the gluten-free thing)
For serving: (optional)
Extra BBQ sauce
Grated cheddar cheese or crumbled queso fresco
Preparing your Fiery BBQ Flank Steak Tacos with “Summer Mess” Salsa:
-Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or pan over medium heat. When hot, add the corn kernels and cook for about 8 minutes until tender and lightly browned. Remove from the heat and place in a medium bowl to cool while you prepare the other ingredients for the salsa.
-Once the corn has cooled, add the diced peaches, jalapeño, red onion, cherry tomatoes and lime juice to the bowl, and gently toss to combine. (Be careful not to squish the peaches, people!) Season with salt to taste. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle.
-Moving on to the steak! Heat a lightly oiled grill or grill pan over high heat. Season both sides of the steak generously with kosher salt.
-When hot, place the steak on the grill and cook for about 3 minutes on each side.
-Reduce the heat to medium (if using a large grill, just move the steak to a cooler area), and brush the steak with the Fiery Sweet Wing Sauce. Flip and cook for 1 minute. Brush the steak with the remaining sauce, flip and cook for 1 minute more. (You can cook for slightly longer if you’re not into medium-rare beef.)
-Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice steak against the grain into strips.
-While your steak is resting, warm your tortillas. You can wrap them in tinfoil and warm them in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes, OR you can use tongs to place individual tortillas straight on your stove’s burner for about 10 seconds on each side.
-Divide steak among tortillas.
-Top with salsa and drizzle with some extra BBQ sauce (if you like). Get naughty.
Fiery Barbecue Flank Steak Tacos with “Summer Mess” SalsaAuthor -
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 ears corn kernels removed
- 2 peaches peeled, cored and diced (If you’ve never peeled a peach, this handy tutorial will help.)
- 1 small jalapeño thinly sliced into rings (If you’re not into super spicy, seed your jalapeño first.)
- ½ small red onion minced
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped
- ½ lime juiced
- Kosher salt
- 1 pound flank steak
- ¼ cup Texas Pete’s Fiery Sweet Wing Sauce or BBQ sauce of your choice
- 8 flour tortillas or corn if you’re doing the gluten-free thing
For serving: (optional)
- Extra BBQ sauce
- Grated cheddar cheese or crumbled queso fresco
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or pan over medium heat. When hot, add the corn kernels and cook for about 8 minutes until tender and lightly browned. Remove from the heat and place in a medium bowl to cool while you prepare the other ingredients for the salsa.
- Once the corn has cooled, add the diced peaches, jalapeño, red onion, cherry tomatoes and lime juice to the bowl, and gently toss to combine. (Be careful not to squish the peaches, people!) Season with salt to taste. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle.
- Moving on to the steak! Heat a lightly oiled grill or grill pan over high heat. Season both sides of the steak generously with kosher salt. When hot, place the steak on the grill and cook for about 3 minutes on each side.
- Reduce the heat to medium (if using a large grill, just move the steak to a cooler area), and brush the steak with the Fiery Sweet Wing Sauce. Flip and cook for 1 minute. Brush the steak with the remaining sauce, flip and cook for 1 minute more. (You can cook for slightly longer if you’re not into medium-rare beef.) Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice steak against the grain into strips.
- While your steak is resting, warm your tortillas. You can wrap them in tinfoil and warm them in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes, OR you can use tongs to place individual tortillas straight on your stove’s burner for about 10 seconds on each side.
- Divide steak among tortillas, top with salsa and drizzle with some extra BBQ sauce (if you like).
As always, I’m thrilled to be a part of Food Network’s Summer Soirée this week. For more barbecue inspiration, check out the amazing blogs below.
The Lemon Bowl: Tart Cherry Chinese BBQ Pulled Pork
Feed Me Phoebe: Grilled Lamb Kebabs with Lebanese Tomato Salsa
Weelicious: Southern-Style Pork Tenderloin
The Heritage Cook: Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (Gluten-Free)
Napa Farmhouse 1885: BBQ Pork Ribs
Red or Green: BBQ Salmon with Hot Pepper Jelly Glaze and Marinated Tomatoes
Devour: 5 BBQ Sandwiches
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Ginger-Soy Marinated Flank Steak
FN Dish: The Beauties of Barbecue
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These are so dang good, I’ve also had with grilled chicken instead of steak and just *chef’s kiss*. I also make the “summer mess” salsa as a stand-alone dip for chips and bring to summer bbq’s, everyone loves it so much, it’s a hit every time!! MAKE THESE!!!!
Serena, my favorite BBQ is anything not cooked by Logan. The dude can’t grill to save his life. Who eats steak well done with ketchup???
gimme dat pulled pork
I’m a first time blog commenter, a little excited and nervous at the same time! I must say I love your blog and I also deal with a full grown man/child when it comes to food/meat addiction. I try to be vegetarian every other day. But last week when I made steak fajaitis and BBQ ribs, both in the same week, they were a flop both flavor and texture-wise. I can not wait to whip out this little gem of a recipe and accept all the cute sounds of appreciation he makes while he eat/shovels it in! Ribs are by far my favorite when it comes to smokehouse food and your right, Texas Pete sauce ROCKS!
RIBS! I love a traditional bbq with baked beans, potato salad, watermelon and iced tea.
I’m a sucker for classics! I love an awesome cheeseburger and am always up for a slab of ribs. I would love to share an embarrassing grilling story but sadly I have none, as my “dude” has control issues with his grill. I try to make him a nice meal via the grill and I can’t seem to get past his million questions and suggestions until I tell him he must leave the house and trust my cooking abilities! I guess these dudes have a lot in common when it comes to their grills and bellys
One of the things I am very fond of Is grilling venison and elk. Along with this I like to grill a good amount of sweet and hot peppers for a side dish. To top all this off make a fresh macaroni salad with celery and sliced hard boiled eggs on top. A real good meal. THANKS Allen
I love smoked brisket and ribs!!! Yum
Literally everything in sight..Especially Fiery Sweet Texas Pete Wing Sauce.
blue cheese coleslaw
My favorite thing to have at a barbecue is grilled corn with butter and garlic. Yum!!!
I love ribs, but I HAVE TO try these tacos! Also, margaritas.
I have to say BBQ chicken and beer but thats only because Ive never had these tacos before. Have mercy!!
BBQ ribs, homemade venison brats, spinach and strawberry salad, sweet corn, grilled zuccini, and greenbeans. Oh yeah, and Coors light or Jose Cuervo margaritas =). My favorite thing about BBQs is that we all work together to prepare the meal and we are lucky enough to either be able to get the veggies from someones garden or the farmers market. Oh how I love summer 🙂
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you have taken taco obsession to a whole new level..
My favorite thing is RIBS, followed by potato salad.
So I moved to Memphis 2 weeks ago to join my hunk of burnin love roommate here in bbq heaven. Last year was my first memphis BBQ festival which is interlocken festival on crack for meat junkies. We arrived to the team tent (yes his family has a team…too legit to quit) at 11 am and the smoking, grilling, and basting got dirty. I drank my weight in beers and a booty danced with the port o potty door…
Basically BBQ rocks hard. Like early van halen (not van Hagar) with Serena on the bass.
Pick me pick me! Xoxo, Laura
Tie between corn on the cob and slightly burnt Hebrew National hot dogs with spicy mustard 🙂
A beautiful smoked brisket with a wonderful smoke ring when sliced!
My favorite is barbecued chicken! But these steak tacos look pretty bomb. I’m from kc though and we know our BBQ so I’m down with it all
Yum, these tacos look great! My boyfriend will usually make pulled pork for BBQs and it’s pretty tasty.
Teriyaki marinated burgers with grilled pineapple on top…DELISH
it has to be corn. so good in NJ!
Top personally-prepared BBQ combo: 8-10 pound pork butt slow cooked for 12 hours in three coors lattes, four onions, a bunch of garlic and a f-ton of Worcester, spices, mild BBQ sauce, cinnamon sugar and vinegar. Generally taken down with proper slaw, pickles, BBQ sauce and potato rolls throughout the course of a long day of college football watching and general frattiness.
Top restaurant-prepared BBQ: anything from Salt Lick in Driftwood, TX. Namely the sausage and habanero smoked turkey breast. You haven’t lives until you’ve crushed Salt Lick. So, so bomb.
Corn-on-the-Cob! Loving this receipe as a great way to close out summer! thanks!
It’s hard to pick one favorite but barbecue “pulled-chicken” is where it’s at lately. I spent three hours yesterday tackling a stain on a white shirt from that sloppy delicious mess. No shame.
Chicken. And my fingers. And possibly my shirt too. Lol
Sheet cake with “buttercream” from a grocery store that someone brings as an afterthought. With my hands. Go ahead and judge away, but cheap cake is one of life’s simple pleasures and I enjoy indulging to excess frequently.
My dude and I will be crushing these tacos in NO TIME. Cannot wait. Favorite BBQ item to consume=guacamole because it is my favorite item to consume at all times.
Oddly enough, my favorite thing to bbq is an 8-pound pork butt.
You need BEER with BBQ! 🙂 My favorites right now are New Belgium Summer Helles, Stone Go-To IPA, Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin and Ommegang Witte. Ok and if I’m being really honest….Coors Light Summer Radler (with citrus) is really perfect when it’s hot out and you really just need to hydrate. But don’t tell… And here’s a list of some other great pairings… http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/07/best-beer-for-grilled-bbq-beer-pairing-advice-burger-steak-chicken-sausage-grilled-vegetable-summer-party.html
Awesome post! The recipe looks bomb, and any chance to go head to head with the legendary dude in a competition sounds good to me. Grilled corn is likely my most consistently grilled item, though would have to go with grilled Oysters (specifically on a sunny day in Tomales Bay outside of SF, drinking beers!) as the best/most indulgent.
cheeseburgers! no, hotdogs! no, sausage! no…eeek can’t decide!
This looks delicious! I love slow cooked pork on the grill for pulled pork sandwiches.
I love consuming barbecue chicken or hot dogs with lots of stadium mustard!
I assume you want something more sophisticated than “chicken” or “tofu,” so my favorite non-traditional thing to put barbeque sauce on is a baked potato — preferably with some chicken, cheese, green onions, the works. Absolutely delicious.