Rachael Ray’s Rio Grande Spice Rub Strip Steaks

Next up is our 30-minute Meals 2 cookbook by Rachael Ray. This cookbook details lots of menus, and we decided to try one. The first recipe, shared below, is the main course. The two additional recipes she recommends serving these steaks with will be shared in the coming weeks.

Rio Grande Steaks

  • 4 sirloin strip steaks, 1-inch thick (8 to 10 ounces each)
  • 1 1/2 T ground ancho chili or dark chili powder (a palmful)
  • 1 1/2 T ground cumin (a palmful)
  • 1 t ground coriander
  • 1/2 t ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 4 thick slices
  • Extra-virgin olive or vegetable oil, to coat onion
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Remove steaks from refrigerator and let them rest for a few minutes to take the chill off.

Preheat grill pan or indoor electric grill to high heat. Combine spice rub ingredients: ground ancho chili, cumin, coriander, and cayenne, and rub well into steaks.

Coat red onion slices in a drizzle of oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Grill steaks and onion slices, 5 minutes on each side. Remove from heat. Let meat stand 5 minutes for juices to redistribute. Season with salt. Top with separated rings of grilled onions. Serve with hot Cracked Corn and Cheese squares and Mexican Fiesta Salad.

Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals 2Yield: 4 servings

From Rachael Ray’s 30-Minute Meals 2

Katie: I wanted to make a recipe pick and do most of the cooking this week. I have been studying hard and not taking as much time to cook as I would like. I decided on this menu (this recipe plus the two following ones) in order to make a nice dinner. Gray helped me by grilling outside since we don’t have an indoor grill, but this was primarily my dinner! The rub for these steaks was easy to make and we ended up actually having everything on hand. I had bought some ancho chili powder for some cookies that I wasn’t very fond of some time back. This is a much better use for that spice! I loved the flavor that the rub gave the steaks. Simple grilled steaks are one of our favorite things to make, and this mixes up the flavors a bit without getting too complicated. I hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Gray:  This was really neat.  It is a similar to a steak that we grill fairly often.  The chili rub gives a different twist, so it was nice to “spice things up” for a change.  It was really good with the other dishes that are part of this menu.  I hope you enjoy them all.

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