Carne Asada Pizza Recipe
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American Southwest
Grilled spicy beef and roasted chiles together on a pesto covered pizza crust.
  • 1 12 oz steak New York steak I inch thick or top sirloin or skirt steak
  • 8 cloves garlic, divided
  • 1 large handful fresh cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 2 whole limes, cut in sections, peel and all
  • 1 whole orange, cut in sections, peel and all
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 jalapeno, stem removed
  • 6 fresh Anaheim or New Mexico chiles, roasted and peeled
  • 2 portions of prepared pizza dough, purchased or homemade (I use a dry, packaged hot roll mix) enough for two 16 inch pizzas
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup prepared pesto
  • 16 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • Garnishes
  • quacamole
  • cotija cheese
  • salsa or pico de gallo
  1. Cut the steak into long strips that are 1 inch by 1 inch wide. Set aside.
  2. To make the marinade, place 4 of the cloves of garlic, cilantro, salt, pepper, limes, orange, vinegar, olive oil and jalapeno in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to make a paste. Scrape paste into a bowl or zip top bag.
  3. Place the strips of steak into the bowl or zip bag with the marinade and completely cover with the mixture. Refrigerate 4 to 8 hours.
  4. Remove the steak from the marinade and scrap as much as possible.
  5. Sear the steaks in a med-high frying pan with a little oil, about 2 minutes or less on each side. Slice the Steaks into ¼ inch slices. The beef should be very rare. Set aside.
  6. Heat the stick of butter until halfway melted. Add the remaining 4 cloves of garlic and continue melting the butter until little bubbles appear on the sides of the pan. Set aside and allow the garlic to infuse in the butter.
  7. To Assemble:
  8. Press the prepared dough onto two upside down, oiled baking sheets. Try to get the dough as thin as possible. Brush the pizzas with garlic butter and cover with pesto.
  9. Slice the roasted and peeled chiles into ¼ inch strips. Spread evenly over the pizzas.
  10. Cover the pizzas with the sliced carne asada (sliced steak) and jack cheese.
  11. Bake at 400 degrees until the crust is cooked through and the bottom is crispy, about 15 minutes.
  12. Tip: For med-rare beef, cook the pizza halfway and then add the sliced beef to the top of the pizza.
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