Chili-Rubbed Steaks & Pan Salsa

Chili-Rubbed Steaks & Pan Salsa

9 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, December 2006

Any cut of steak will work for this recipe, but we especially like the flavor and texture of rib-eye with these seasonings; look for steak that has been thinly cut. A cold ale, sweet potato fries and vinegary coleslaw can round out the meal.

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  • 8 ounces ½-inch-thick steaks, such as rib-eye, trimmed of fat and cut into 2 portions
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro


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  1. Sprinkle both sides of steak with chili powder and ¼ teaspoon salt. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the steaks and cook, turning once, 1 to 2 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer the steaks to a plate, cover with foil and let rest while you make the salsa.
  2. Add tomatoes, lime juice and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt to the pan and cook, stirring often, until the tomatoes soften, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in cilantro and any accumulated juices from the steaks. Serve the steaks topped with the salsa.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 3 oz. steak & about ¼ cup salsa
  • Per serving: 192 calories; 8 g fat(2 g sat); 1 g fiber; 4 g carbohydrates; 26 g protein; 19 mcg folate; 81 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 953 IU vitamin A; 10 mg vitamin C; 30 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 376 mg sodium; 515 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½

Reviews 9

April 27, 2017
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By: Ced1106
Loved it. Essentially, it's pan-fried steak and tomatoes. Easy to make, if you can saute meat. The tomatoes don't become a salty "chip salsa", but remain flavorful and not too salty. Great recipe!
January 19, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Awesome! One of my favorite meals I don't really leave reviews, but I love this recipe! My husband found it when I was pregnant with gestational diabetes and it was a life saver! We have made a few times. I definitely share this with people when I get the chance! We have only had it with ribeye, but the pan salsa is what makes this meal! It is always the flavor I am craving. I think it is perfect just as it is! But would be good with some add ins also. Pros: Flavor, easy, delicious, tastes good, quick, did i mention the good flavor Cons: I never make enough...
April 17, 2013
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By: shagratpunc
Delicious! I have been making this one a lot lately! The very first time I tried it, I did find that the salsa was lacking some kind of POP. So after reading some of the other reviews, I also added worcestershire, as well as minced garlic and a minced chipotle pepper in adobo. I'm kind of a wimp with spice so it gave it the perfect amount of kick without overpowering the flavor of the salsa and steak. I love to pair this with the Broiled Chipotle-Cheddar Avocado recipe that's also on here! Yum!!
November 23, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Easy and healthy steak Loved it. Everyone loved it. It's one of my personal favorites on this site. Just make a little baked beans and sweat potato fries with this and you have a great meal for everyone, not just health nuts ^_-
May 26, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Loved this meal. I wound up adding garlic, oregano, onion and some worchestershire sauce to the salsa (because worchestershire in my books is an all-purpose add in). It was delicious, I'm definitely adding this to my recipe books. Pros: Good when I was cooking something last minute!
November 04, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
One of my favorites! I adore this dish! It is really tasty. I generally add some garlic & herb Mrs. Dash to the salsa and I use a thin-cut NY strip. Delicious! Pros: So so Easy, Cons: I always forget to get a lime!
January 06, 2011
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By: Michele Dl
Too Freakin Easy! Instead of plum tomatoes I used cherry tomatoes and cut them in half. The recipe actually claimed a comment from my 16 y.o. son, "Mom, this is really good." That doesn't happen often from the boy who loves anything with ketchup. No ketchup needed with this recipe, and it was soooo easy. I will make this again and again.
June 03, 2010
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By: Dorothy Roberts
I added jalapeno and onion to the salsa. Then just as it got done i added some left over pineapple cubes with a small amount of pineapple juice. It was awesome =)
February 06, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This recipe is lacking kick and was a little blah for our taste. Where's the garlic and onions? Maybe even some jalapeno.
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