Southwestern Flank Steak

Southwestern Flank SteakI was craving a steak for dinner and decided to make a rub using Southwestern spices. The rub was simple to make and tasted fantastic on the flank steak. I threw the spices together in a zip lock bag and shook the bag well to make sure it was mixed thoroughly. I sprinkled the flank steak with the seasonings and stored the remaining rub for later use. I let the rub sit on the meat for a few hours before cooking in my grill pan. It had a hint of heat and was loaded with flavor – my whole family gobbled it up.

Southwestern Flank Steak:


  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Flank steak

Southwestern Flank Steak

How to Make a Southwestern Flank Steak

Combine all seasonings in a zip lock bag and shake to mix thoroughly. Sprinkle rub on both sides of the flank steak then cover the meat and place in the refrigerator for a few hours before grilling. Keep the remaining dry rub in the zip lock bag for later use.

Southwestern Flank Steak

Remove the flank steak from the refrigerator 20 minutes prior to cooking.

Heat the grill pan on medium-high heat and coat with olive oil cooking spray. Cook the flank steak for 3-4 minutes per side or until it’s cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Let the meat rest for 5 minutes before slicing in thin slices against the grain. Enjoy.

Southwestern Flank Steak

Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net


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  1. This looks amazing and a great way to use this cut of meat. I also like your chimmichurri recipe from an earlier post!

  2. I love your blog! its so creative the way you take pictures of all the ingredients and i just love all the food you make, it all looks so delicious!

    I recently started my own food blog and im always in the market for new things to try, so i hope you don't mind if i borrow some of your recipes =]

  3. a bowl of spices is so colorful. this recipe makes me hungry. this is nice to pair with the cilantro and lime rice. delicious!

  4. I love making flank steak on the grill and I like trying different marinades/rubs with it. Your creation sounds wonderful. Also, from your latest post, feel better soon.

  5. Hi Pam,

    I’m interested in using this recipe, but can you tell me the weight of the flank steak you used? I am making this for 1 person only and my flank steak weighs 1lb. I don’t want to over season it.

    Thanks, Sarah

    1. Sarah,

      Mine are usually just over a pound. Mix all the spices together then sprinkle on the flank, to taste. Save the remaining spice mix for another use. I hope this helps.