Main Challenge: Skirt Steak Tostada with Black Beans and Mango Salsa

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Steak:

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup olive oil

3 lemons, juiced

1/2 cup honey

1 cup finely chopped onion

1 habanero chile, seeded and chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

One 2-pound piece skirt steak

Black Beans:

1 can black beans, drained

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup red wine

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

Tostadas:

Vegetable oil, for frying

4 corn tortillas

Mango Salsa, recipe follows

Sour cream, optional

Grated cheese of your choice, optional

Mango Salsa:

1 red onion, finely chopped

1 large ripe mango, peeled and finely chopped

1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves

1 poblano chile, seeded and minced

1/4 cup honey

3 limes, juiced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. For the steak: In a large shallow bowl or baking dish whisk together the soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, honey, onion, habanero, and salt and pepper, to taste. Add the skirt steak, cover and refrigerate. Marinate for at least 1 hour, preferably several hours.
  2. For the beans: In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine all ingredients and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. For the tostadas: Heat about 3 inches of oil in a large pot to about 350 degrees F. Carefully slide 1 tortilla into the oil and fry until crisp, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  4. Preheat a grill pan or grill to medium-high. Remove the skirt steak from the bowl or baking dish and discard the marinade. Place the steak on the grill and grill about 4 to 6 minutes for medium-rare to medium. Remove from grill to a cutting board and let rest for about 5 minutes. Slice into thin pieces at a diagonal.
  5. To serve: Place fried tortillas on a large platter or individual plates. Spoon some of the black bean mixture in the middle of the tortillas. Top with steak slices and the Mango Salsa. Garnish with sour cream and your choice of grated cheese, if desired.

Mango Salsa:

  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients and set aside for 10 to 20 minutes for the flavors to marry.

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