John Wayne's Chipotle Flank Steak Recipe

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John Wayne and wife Pilar dining with friends


A man like Duke needs fuel to keep him going and if there's one thing John Wayne loved, it's a steak served charred medium. Take a peek inside the Wayne family kitchen with this flavorful Chipotle Flank Steak recipe, smothered in a spicy adobo sauce. You'll find more summer recipes in the new Official John Wayne Guide to Grilling, available HERE.

John Wayne's Chipotle Flank Steak Recipe


John Wayne's Chipotle Flank Steak Recipe


  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce, minced, with 1 Tbsp sauce
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 11/2—2 lb flank steak
  • 1 Tbsp cold butter



Combine the orange juice, honey, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, mustard, chipotle in adobo and sauce, cumin, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl and whisk together. Put the steak in a large food storage bag, pour in the marinade and let marinate at room temperature for 1 hour or in the refrigerator for 4 to 8 hours.

Remove the steak from the marinade, pour the marinade into a saucepan, pat the steak dry and let come to room temprature if refrigerated. Bring the marinade to a boil. Continue to boil the marinade while the steak cooks and rests until it reduces to 1/4 cup. TAke off the heat and stir in the butter until it melts.

Preheat a cast-iron grill pan over high heat for 5 minutes. Spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place the steak on the hot grill pan and cook, undisturbed, for 4 minutes. Flip and cook for another 4 minutes or until desired doneness. Take off the grill pan and let rest 5 to 10 minutes before slicing. Slice the meat against the grain. Serve with the sauce, lime and orange wedges and fresh cilantro if desired.