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Grilled Tequila Chipotle Flank Steak

This grilled tequila chipotle flank steak is thick, juicy, and grilled to perfection. The flavors of zesty lime, smoky chipotle, and boozy tequila combine to create a flavorful cut of beef.

Grilled Tequila Chipotle Flank Steak |

Beef, it’s what’s for dinner!

If it were up to Squirrel, we would eat beef every single day.

No lie.

Grilled Tequila Chipotle Flank Steak |

I hear the words let’s have steak for dinner at least three times a week. And, it’s always the same cut of beef—New York strip—prepared the same way, generously rubbed with my famous barbecue seasoning. The man is not one for change.

This week I’ve teamed up with The Beef Checkoff to create an easy summer recipe.

Grilled Tequila Chipotle Flank Steak |

Gotta love the moo!

I managed to convince Squirrel to try a new cut of steak for this recipe. He was reluctant at first, but once I hit him with my smooth chipotle-tequila sweet talk, he was persuaded.

Grilled Tequila Chipotle Flank Steak |

Flank steak has a reputation for being tough, which is only true if it’s not cooked properly.

I recommend grilling flank steak over high heat until medium-rare. Over cooking will most definitely result in a tough piece of meat.

Grilled Tequila Chipotle Flank Steak |

I also like to use a marinade prior to grilling. For this recipe, I whisked together a chipotle tequila marinade using smoky chipotle peppers, tequila, lime juice, cumin, coriander, cilantro, and olive oil.

Grilled Tequila Chipotle Flank Steak |

The acid from the lime juice and tequila help tenderize the steak, keeping the meat juicy as it cooks.

Grilled Tequila Chipotle Lime Flank Steak

Thick, juicy flank steak marinated in smoky chipotles, tequila, and zesty lime.

Yield: 1 steak

Total Time: 12 hours and 10 minutes

Prep Time: 12 hours

Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 2 tablespoons chipotles in adobo
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 flank steak


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the first ten ingredients. Place your flank steak in a plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 12 hours or overnight.
  2. Remove the steak from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to grilling and remove excess liquid with a paper towel.
  3. Preheat grill to high. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Allow the steak to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff. All opinions are my own.

34 Responses to “Grilled Tequila Chipotle Flank Steak”

  1. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 3, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Oh my gosh! Your flank steak looks incredible. I am so in love with the flavors. I am sooooooooooooo making this!! I can’t wait.


  2. #
    Renee — August 3, 2014 at 6:33 am

    What a perfectly cooked flank steak and sounds so tasty with those seasonings.


  3. #
    Liz — August 3, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Flank steak is one of our go-to Sunday Supper entrees! Love having a spectacular, new recipe to try…sounds amazing!


  4. #
    Tammi @ Momma's Meals — August 3, 2014 at 8:01 am

    I’m loving this recipe! I’ve been wanting to try a flank steak because my husband is the same way. Same Steak. Same recipes!! It’s nice to try something new!


  5. #
    Cindys Recipes and Writings — August 3, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I never cooked with tequila now its a must try with a flank steak!


  6. #
    Constance Smith (@FoodieArmyWife) — August 3, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Now that is a gorgeous steak!


  7. #
    Alice // Hip Foodie Mom — August 3, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Flank steak perfection, yo. Love this!


  8. #
    Family Foodie — August 3, 2014 at 11:27 am

    We love flank steak at our house and this recipe has me drooling – I know Ron and the boys are going to love it!


  9. #
    Anne @ Webicurean — August 3, 2014 at 11:39 am

    This looks great! We’re in that steak rut too–always the same way every time, so I’m excited to have something new to try!


  10. #
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious — August 3, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Grilled flank steak…you are calling my name!


  11. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — August 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    The marinade for this sounds wonderful. I’m picturing some flank steak tacos in my future!


  12. #
    Shaina — August 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I love all the flavors you used here, I would definitely do this with fish!


  13. #
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — August 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Flank steak is our favorite, but we usually keep it simple with just salt and pepper, but I have to try this!!


  14. #
    Susan — August 3, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Oh yeah! I’d eat beef all the time too but then I’d be afraid I’d get sick of it. Flank steak always made a regular appearance at our house and this marinade sounds incredible.


  15. #
    Bea — August 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    We just recently discovered flank steak in our house and I cannot wait to try your marinade the next time around.


  16. #
    Christy — August 3, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Great recipe! It’s always good to know the right words to use when sweet talk persuasion is in need.


  17. #
    Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily — August 3, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous and this steak is mouthwatering! I can never get steak to look near as good ;) Love your blog, so glad I found it! following and sharing ;)


  18. #
    Hezzi-D — August 3, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I agree with marinating flank steak before grilling. This marinade sounds spicy and delicious.


  19. #
    Choc Chip Uru — August 4, 2014 at 8:49 am

    This steak looks grilled perfectly, my mates would love it :D

    Choc Chip Uru


  20. #
    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — August 4, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Flank steak is my absolute favorite cut! What did Squirrel think?


  21. #
    Jen — August 6, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I don’t see tequila in the ingredients list, how much do you use, I was going to guess and do 1/4 cup but thought I would ask.


    • Jennie (The Messy Baker) replied August 6th, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Hi Jen! Thank you so much for bringing the missing tequila to my attention. Yes, I used a 1/4 cup in this recipe–you’re good! I edited the recipe to include the tequila. Let me know how you like the steak. Happy grilling!


  22. #
    DB-The Foodie Stuntman @ Crazy Foodie Stunts — August 6, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Yep, flank steak isn’t as popular because it can be tough but slice it thinly across the grain and it should be tender. I love your marinade and Squirrel and I think alike because New York strips are one of my favorites too!


  23. #
    Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen — August 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Chipotle + tequila? Sign me up!!! Perfectly gorgeous steak!



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