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Mesquite Grilled Steaks + Tomatillo Salsa Verde

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Any day that you can cook grilled steaks is a good day, don’t you think? Not sure about you, but I feel excited when grilling out. Am I crazy? Don’t you love the way the food smells as it is sizzling over hot coals? Of course, the primo moment is taking that first delicious, smoky bite of a thick, juicy steak. Better yet, a New York strip seared to perfection and topped with a grilled tomatillo salsa verde. Oh yeah. THIS is happening.

A white wooden table with a platter of steak, rice, beans, salsa, and more

Grilling out? You’ve gotta try this recipe for Mesquite Grilled Steaks with Grilled Tomatillo Salsa Verde.

So I haven’t quite decided what my favorite part is about this steak recipe. Is it the beauty of a smoky-seared steak, simply seasoned and grilled to perfection?

Or is it the crave-worthy mesquite infused grilled tomatillo salsa verde?

Let’s just call it a tie. These grilled steaks are damn good. Uncomplicated with a twist. Simple yet unexpected. The combination of mesquite wood smoke, tender steak, and authentic salsa verde is mouthwatering.

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bags of wood chips

Ingredients Needed for Grilled Steaks + Tomatillo Salsa Verde:

  • 6 New York Strip or sirloin steaks
  • Olive oil
  • Steak seasoning
  • Tomatillos
  • Onion
  • Serrano or jalapeno peppers
  • Garlic
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Lime
  • Sea salt & cracked black pepper

For this steak recipe, you can use any steak you want. We decided to go with nice, tender New York strip steaks. Another great meat option would be sirloin. Look for beef that is fresh, red, and firm when chilled. When purchasing meat, avoid meat that is brown or gray around the edges.

Fresh tomatillos, onions, jalapenos and garlic on a wooden cutting board

Using Western Premium wood chips infuses the beef with so much flavor and allows you to create wonderful meals without a lot of effort. But for a little showmanship, let’s talk about this homemade tomatillo salsa. Guys. This is legit.

I love tomatillos. They are small and tart and have a taste similar to a green tomato. And you know how I love me some green tomatoes. Tomatillos are a regular ingredient in Mexican cuisine. The beautiful color and tangy flavor of the tomatillo makes them ideal to use in salsa verde, sauces, soups, stews, preserves, and more.

TIP: You can adjust the heat of your salsa by removing the seeds and membranes of all or part of the peppers. For our recipe, we used two fully seeded jalapenos for a smoky, mild flavor.

a wooden board with tomatillos

How to make Grilled Tomatillo Salsa Verde:

I know everyone is excited about wood smoke and red meat, but the first step is to prepare the Grilled Tomatillo Salsa Verde. No worries, it is so easy.

  1. In a charcoal grill, prepare a fire. Place a handful (or two) of Western Mesquite Chips directly on your hot coals. You can also place the chips in a smoking tray on the grill.
  2. Grill the tomatillos, onion, jalapenos, garlic, and lime halves over the charcoal fire. Cook for about 6 minutes, turning frequently, until the vegetables are slightly soft and are slightly charred.
  3. Place the grilled vegetables in a blender or food processor. Use 2 – 4 of the grilled cloves of garlic. (Reserve the remaining garlic for your next grilling creation.) Juice the grilled lime and add the juice to the blender. Add the cilantro, salt and pepper. Process until you have a chunky sauce and set aside.

I like to add a handful of the Western Smoking Chips before I cook the vegetables. Then later, I will add another handful before grilling the steaks. I’m all about the flavor.

We decided to use Mesquite smoking chips for a Southwestern flair to this recipe, as we are serving it Tex-Mex style. However, Western Premium Hickory smoking chips are also a great choice for this recipe and all of your grilled beef. You can even mix and match wood chips to create your own flavor combinations.

Wood chips on a charcoal fire

TIP: To prepare in a gas grill, preheat grill to medium-high. Place Western Mesquite Wood Chips in a smoking tray or arrange in a foil pack and place directly over the hottest part of the grill.

Tomatillos, onions, jalapenos and garlic on a hot charcoal grill

The smoky tomatillo salsa is thick and chunky, with bites of caramelized onion, tangy tomatillo, jalapeno and garlic. No lie, I could eat this salsa verde on everything. It makes a great chip dip, too.

TIP: To make your sauce thinner, add a bit of water and process it until the salsa is smooth.

An overhead picture of a white bowl of homemade, chunky green salsa verde
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There is a hint of mesquite flavor from the smoking chips in every bite, but just a little. BONUS: This recipe makes about 4 cups of salsa verde so there is plenty to go around.

A glass mason jar of homemade tomatillo salsa verde

How to make Mesquite Grilled Steaks:

Now that the salsa is ready to go and your mouth is watering and you can’t stand it any more…STEAK TIME!

Steaks and vegetables on a tray next to a bag of wood chips in front of a charcoal grill
  1. Place the steaks in a rimmed baking dish or pan. In a small bowl, combine the oil and steak seasoning. Pour over the steaks and coat both sides.
  2. Toss another handful of smoking chips on the charcoal.
  3. Next, place the prepared steaks on the grill and cook for 5 minutes with the grill lid closed. Then turn the steaks and cook for an additional 5 minutes with the grill lid closed.
  4. Remove the steaks from the grill to a wooden cutting board. Cover loosely with foil and rest for 10 minutes.
  5. To serve, slice the steaks against the grain. Spoon the grilled salsa verde over the top.

Due to variations in thickness of meat, grill type, and grill temperature, cooking times are approximate. I highly recommend preparing the steaks to medium rare.

TIP: To get the best results from the wood chips, keep the lid closed during cooking. You won’t regret it, because this allows the mesquite (or hickory) flavor to infuse the beef.

New York Strip steaks on a hot charcoal grill

Can you smell these New York strips searing and sizzling to perfection?


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Western BBQ has always been about finding the highest quality local flavors to provide the best barbecue experience for grillers everywhere. When Jerry Lawson started W W Wood Inc. In 1986, he sold hickory and mesquite logs to locals around Pleasanton, just south of San Antonio, Texas. He gathered wood from nearby farms and ranches, and sold it to nearby BBQ joints and backyard grillers .

Today, Western BBQ is still committed to creating amazing flavors by using high quality, natural woods for its customers nationwide. In fact, there are no chemicals used in any part of the manufacturing of its wood products, just local flavor. Eighty to 90 percent of the pecan, post oak and mesquite hardwoods come straight from Texas. This wood provides a higher efficiency than charcoal briquettes. So, not only does the wood provide better flavor, but also a more natural BBQ experience.

New York Strip Steaks being sliced on a wooden cutting board
A grilled steak being sliced on a wooden cutting board.

Tips + Serving Suggestions for this Recipe:

  • Let the steaks come to room temperature before grilling. Just rub them in the oil and seasoning mixture and set them aside while you are preparing the salsa verde.
  • While you are grilling the tomatillos and vegetables, slice the lime in half and put it right on the grill. The heat makes the lime easier to juice.
  • Although you only use 2 – 4 cloves of garlic, go ahead and roast a whole head of garlic. Trust me, you’ll find another use for the extra, sweet-savory grilled garlic. (So good!)
  • Mix and match the Western Premium BBQ Smoking Chips by using a handful of Mesquite and a handful of Hickory. The bold meets sweet smoke is heavenly.
  • Remember to keep the lid closed while cooking. This locks in all of the flavor.
  • Be sure to let the steaks rest for 10 minutes before slicing, because this gives them time to reabsorb their juices. Result? Juicy steak.
  • My serving suggestion? Serve with beans, rice, guacamole and tortillas for a Tex-Mex feast.
Grilled Steaks with Salsa Verde
Mesquite Grilled Steaks with Grilled Tomatillo Salsa Verde

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Mesquite Grilled Steaks + Grilled Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Cooked to perfection over a charcoal grill, these mesquite grilled New York Strip steaks are served with a zesty, fresh salsa verde made from grilled tomatillos, jalapenos, cilantro and more.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword salsa verde, steak recipe
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 449 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

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For the Mesquite Grilled Steaks

  • 6 each New York strip steaks About 8 ounces each, 1 inch thick.
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 6 teaspoons steak seasoning We recommend Jack Daniel's Steak Seasoning.
  • Handful of Western BBQ Mesquite Smoking Chips You can use Hickory Smoking Chips if preferred.

For the Grilled Tomatillo Salsa Verde

  • 12 tomatillos husks removed, halved or quartered
  • 1 onion peeled and thick sliced
  • 2 jalapenos sliced in half lengthwise, seeded
  • 1 head garlic kept whole
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 lime halved
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper more to taste

Cook That

  1. Place the steaks in a rimmed baking dish or pan. In a small bowl, combine the oil and steak seasoning. Pour over the steaks and coat both sides. Cover and set aside at room temperature.

  2. In a charcoal grill, prepare a fire. Place a handful (or two) of Western Mesquite Chips directly on your hot coals. You can also place the chips in a smoking tray on the grill.

  3. Grill the tomatillos, onion, jalapenos, garlic, and lime halves over the charcoal fire. Cook for about 6 minutes, turning frequently, until the vegetables are slightly soft and are slightly charred.

  4. Place the grilled vegetables in a blender or food processor. Use 2 – 4 of the grilled cloves of garlic. (Reserve the remaining garlic for your next grilling creation.) Juice the grilled lime and add the juice to the blender. Add the cilantro, salt and pepper. Process until you have a chunky sauce and set aside.

  5. Next, place the prepared steaks on the grill and cook for 5 minutes with the grill lid closed. Then turn the steaks and cook for an additional 5 minutes with the grill lid closed.

  6. Remove the steaks from the grill to a wooden cutting board. Cover loosely with foil and rest for 10 minutes.

  7. To serve, slice the steaks against the grain. Spoon the grilled salsa verde over the top and serve with beans, rice, guacamole and tortillas if desired.

Recipe Notes

To prepare in a gas grill, preheat grill to medium-high. Place Western Mesquite Wood Chips in a smoking tray or arrange in a foil pack and place directly over the hottest part of the grill.

Due to variations in thickness of meat, grill type, and grill temperature, cooking times are approximate. 

Nutritional information is based on one 8-ounce steak per person and approximately one cup of salsa verde. Does not include any side dishes. 

Nutrition Facts
Mesquite Grilled Steaks + Grilled Tomatillo Salsa Verde
Amount Per Serving (1 Steak with about 1 cup of Salsa Verde)
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 138mg 46%
Sodium 230mg 10%
Potassium 1047mg 30%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 51g 102%
Vitamin A 5.4%
Vitamin C 24.4%
Calcium 10.5%
Iron 28.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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