Grilled Steak, Zucchini and Monterey Jack Quesadillas

Hit skirt steak with a quick citrus marinade before grilling and slicing it for this quesadilla.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4
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1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1 clove garlic, minced

Juice of 1/2 lime

Juice of 1/2 orange

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

8 ounces cleaned and trimmed skirt steak

Olive oil, for oiling the grill grates and zucchini

2 medium zucchini, sliced lengthwise about 1/3 inch thick

Four 10-inch (burrito size) flour tortillas

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Chopped scallions, sour cream, guacamole and salsa, for serving


  1. Prepare a grill for medium heat.
  2. Whisk together the cumin, garlic, lime juice, orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a large bowl and add the steak. Mix well to coat and let marinate for 10 minutes.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grates and cook the steak, flipping once, until medium rare, 2 to 6 minutes per side depending on the thickness. Remove the steak to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes. Slice the steak against the grain and then into bite-size pieces.
  4. Lightly brush the zucchini with oil and grill, flipping as needed, until tender and lightly charred, 4 to 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Cut into bite-size chunks and set aside to cool slightly.
  5. Lay a tortilla on a work surface and sprinkle evenly with 1/2 cup of the cheese. Arrange one-quarter of both the steak and zucchini on top of the cheese. Fold the tortilla in half to enclose the fillings. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, cheese, steak and zucchini.
  6. Melt 1/2 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add a quesadilla and cook, flipping once, until golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a cutting board and repeat with the remaining butter and quesadillas.
  7. Cut the quesadillas into triangles and serve with the chopped scallions, sour cream, guacamole and salsa.