There are things that are amazingly delicious together that are totally unexpected - and chocolate and chile is one of those combos. In fact, one of the most popular Mexican mole sauces contains this exact flavor combo. Even Top Chef Rick Bayless loves chocolate spiced mole. So, I thought, why not make a marinade for flank steak that tastes like a mole?
We hardly ever eat beef at our house, so when we do it has to be tender, moist and flavorful. This Chocolate Chipotle Flank Steak is an A-plus in all three categories.
You just add the marinade to a zip top bag with your 2-pound flank steak and then 8 to 24 hours later, retrieve it from the cold and let it come to room temperature. Grill away to get a nice char on the outside and your steak will still be most and flavorful on the inside. This recipe will make good tacos, or just serve it sliced on a plate with some charro beans and a salad or rice.
CHOCOLATE CHIPOTLE MARINADE
½ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons chipotle chile powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch of cinnamon
Add to a zip top bag with a 2 to 2 ½ pound flank steak and VOILA! powerful flavor punch on a steak!
Marinate for 8 to 24 hours. Grill steak whole. Remove from grill and let rest 10 to 20 minutes before slicing thin across the grain.
-- posted by Donna