Tequila-Marinated Hanger Steak Recipe

Jun 12, 2012 3:01 pm

Use a tequila marinade for great grilled steak

marinated steak recipe
Photo: Frances Janisch
A tequila marinade will tenderize your steak and flavor it with Mexican goodness.

We ’ll never forget the first time we had this delicious steak. Exhausted and starving, we stopped at a roadside taco stand on the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta and could not believe how tender and juicy the meat was. The four-foot-tall, gold-toothed cook told us her secret ingredient: tequila.

Servings: 8


For the steak
1/2 cup white tequila
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon
1 tablespoon sugar
2 dried habanero peppers, crumbled
2 hanger steaks, (2 pounds each)
For the peppers and onions
6 red bell peppers, cut into ½-inch wide strips
6 green bell peppers, cut into ½-inch wide strips
8 medium onions, cut into ½-inch wide strips
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt

To prepare the steak:

  1. Combine the tequila, lime juice, salt, black pepper, sugar and habaneros in a large resealable plastic bag and shake until well-mixed.
  2. Add the steaks and shake again. Make sure that both steaks are well-coated with marinade. 
  3. Refrigerate for 8 hours.

To make the peppers and onions:

  1. Preheat the grill to low to medium. Lay a double layer of 3-foot-long heavyduty foil on your counter.
  2. Place the bell peppers and onions in the center and sprinkle with the oil, salt, and black pepper. Fold the ends of the foil to the center to create a foil pouch and seal all loose ends.
  3. Poke 2 or 3 fork holes in the top and place on the grill until softened, about 15 minutes.

To cook the steak:

  1. When ready to cook the steak, preheat the grill to high for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and grill the steaks 4 to 5 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Cut each steak into 4 equal portions.
  2. To serve, place a heaping scoop of the grilled vegetables in the center of a dinner plate and top with the steak.
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
15 minutes
Cooking Time: 
30 minutes
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