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Coffee-Marinated Flank Fajitas with Pico De Gallo


The coffee marinade is one more tasty tool in the flavor belt. Fajitas done this way are so much more satisfying than buying pre-marinated packages.

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  • 2 cups tomato, diced
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 3 jalapeños, or to taste, seeded and minced
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds flank steak
  • 2 cups strong brewed coffee
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground chili
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, freshly ground
  • Sour cream
  • Tortillas


Servings 4
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 280mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Mix all ingredients together, add a pinch of salt, stir, and taste. Put it in the fridge for a while then stir and taste for salt again.

Whisk together the coffee, molasses, garlic, cumin, 2 teaspoons salt, and chilis. Score your flank steak on both sides with a shallow criss-cross pattern. Marinate the flank steak for 3 to 4 hours in the coffee mixture—I use one of those large rectangle throw-away plastic containers and it's a perfect fit.

Heat your grill to high heat (or, if you don't have a grill, you could broil or sear in a big, hot, preferably iron skillet). Remove the flank steak from the marinade and gently pat it dry. Season with just a bit more salt and a good amount of freshly ground black pepper. Now rub it all over with olive oil.

Grill the steak until desired doneness—we grilled is 2 to 3 minutes on one side, flipped, then back and forth again to create a criss-cross pattern and ours was a good medium.

Rest your steak for several minutes. When you are ready to serve, slice the flank across the grain (the short way), and wrap 2 to 3 slices in a tortilla with a good dollop each of pico and sour cream. Dig in!

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