Ancho Chile Flank Steak and Sweet Potato Tacos

For an extra burst of flavor, stir a few tablespoons of pan drippings into your sour cream.

Ancho-Chile Flank Steak and Sweet Potato Tacos
Photo: Alison Miksch
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
6 to 8 servings


  • 1 (2-lb.) flank steak

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp. ground cumin, divided

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp. ancho chile powder, divided

  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. olive oil

  • 1/2 pound fresh tomatillos, husks removed

  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces

  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • Flour tortillas, sour cream, fresh cilantro


  1. Place flank steak in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. Stir together lime juice, next 2 ingredients, 1 Tbsp. cumin, 1 Tbsp. ancho chile powder, and 2 tsp. kosher salt in a small bowl. Whisk in 1/4 cup olive oil, and pour over flank steak. Seal bag, and turn to coat. Chill 1 to 12 hours.

  2. Place oven rack about 6 inches from top of oven. Preheat oven to 450°. Rinse tomatillos, and cut into quarters. Stir together sweet potatoes, red onion, tomatillos, and remaining 1 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. ancho chile powder, 2 tsp. salt, and 2 Tbsp. oil in a large bowl. Spread sweet potato mixture in an even layer in a heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined sheet pan.

  3. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and move sweet potato mixture to outer edges of pan. Place flank steak in center of pan. Increase oven temperature to broil.

  4. Broil 6 minutes. Turn steak over, and broil 6 minutes more. (Stir vegetables if they begin to char.) Remove from oven, and let stand 5 minutes. Cut steak across the grain, and drizzle with pan drippings. Serve with sweet potato mixture, tortillas, sour cream, and fresh cilantro.

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