As y’all can tell from my recipes lately, I love to incorporate fresh, in-season produce whenever possible. I love the bright, beautiful, tasty flavors of the summer season! I really love when I can use them in an easy way and that’s what you’ll get with my Chipotle Flank Steak with Corn Salsa. It’s almost too pretty to eat! Almost…
Look at those gorgeous colors! This quick dinner starts with a simple dry rub for the flank steak. Next, grill it on any kind of grill or smoker. While that’s cooking (takes about 15 minutes), make the corn salsa with fresh or frozen corn, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, garlic, cilantro and lime juice. Talk about a flavor explosion! Let’s make it.
How to Grill the Flank Steak
I wanted to do a quick, easy dry rub for the flank steak and loved how it turned out. The chipotle powder is a little spicy but tame enough for kids to still gobble up.
You probably have most of these spices in your pantry right now…garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and chipotle chili pepper powder. The chipotle is a must! It adds a rich smokiness that you can’t get with basic chili powder. It looks like this…
Next, mix all of the spices together then rub on both sides of the flank steak. Allow the steak to sit out at room temperature while you fire up the grill.
Place the steak on a hot grill and cook for 5-7 minutes on one side, then flip and cook until desired doneness. I would not recommend cooking past 150 degrees in order to maintain tenderness. Flank steak can get tough if not cooked properly. We like ours cooked to medium which is around 140 degrees.
Allow the steak to rest, lightly tented with tin foil, for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Make sure to slice it against the grain which means opposite/perpindicular to the lined grain in the meat. If you cut with the grain, it will be tough!
How to Make the Corn Salsa
This corn salsa is so colorful and delicious! Start with adding chopped tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, jalapeno and fresh garlic to a bowl. Then add (cooked and cooled) fresh or frozen corn kernels. We chose to use fresh corn on the cob that we boiled.
Here’s a great trick to get the corn off the cob! Place a small bowl upside down in the bottom of a larger bowl. Place corn on the small bowl and cut off kernels with a sharp knife. The corn falls down into the big bowl instead of all over your kitchen.
Add to veggies, mix and add fresh lime juice, salt and pepper. Easy!
Serving the Chipotle Flank Steak with Corn Salsa
Slice the flank steak into strips and serve with corn salsa on top. Y’all, this was such a hit at my house! I served my Chipotle Flank Steak with Corn Salsa with baked potatoes and rolls. Perfect dinner!
My Chipotle Flank Steak with Corn Salsa will be the featured August recipe at all Lee’s Marketplace locations. If you’re local, watch for the poster of this beauty along with the dry ingredients needed to make it. Y’all are going to love it!
Chipotle Flank Steak with Corn Salsa
- 3 lbs flank steak
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle chili pepper powder
For the corn salsa:
- 2 cups corn kernels, cooked and cooled (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup fresh tomatoes, diced
- 1/3 cup red onion, diced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced small
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- Juice of 1 lime
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Make dry rub by mixing salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and chipotle powder in a small bowl. Sprinkle on both sides of flank steak and rub into meat. Allow meat to sit at room temperature (for up to 30 minutes) while grill is heating up.
- Heat grill or smoker to high heat. Place steak on grill and cook for 5-7 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until desired internal temperature is reached. (135-140 degrees for medium, 145-155 for medium well, 155 and up for well) Careful not to overcook past 155 to maintain tenderness. Allow steak to rest, lightly covered, with foil for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
- Make the salsa by adding all ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and toss to combine. Serve on top of steak slices.
- When slicing steak, make sure to cut against the grain so that steak remains very tender.