Habanero Steak Salbutes Recipe

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Habanero steak salbutesWatching football weather live or on the TV means enjoying it with friends and family and of course great tailgating food. One of my go-to recipes when it comes to tailgating or homegating are salbutes, these thick tortilla tostadas are traditionally eaten in Yucatan and in Belize too. Usually topped with chicken I like to make them with steak.

Salbutes are the perfect game-ready recipe. If I’m tailgating I will make the tortillas beforehand and marinade the steak so it’s ready to just throw on the grill. They are ideal as everything goes over the toasted home-made tortillas and they are easy to eat while you watch the game at home or while tailgating.

Habanero steak salbutes

The habanero and citrus marinade gives the steak a delicious flavor and enough kick to make it exciting. I always use El Yucateco® hot sauce at home and even take it with me to add more flavor to my favorite tailgating foods.

Habanero steak salbutes

Habanero Steak Salbutes Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons El Yucateco® Green Habanero Hot Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 pound steak
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 ½ cup masa harina
  • 1 ¼ cup warm water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon achiote powder
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Avocado
  • Red cabbage, shredded
  • Red onion, diced
  • Canola oil for frying

Habanero steak salbutesInstructions

1. Combine orange juice, lime juice, El Yucateco® Green Habanero hot sauce,  honey, grated garlic, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and cumin in a large zip-top bag.

2. Place the steaks in a glass container. Pour the marinade over the steaks, cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

Habanero steak salbutes

3. Heat a grill or heat up a large frying pan on medium-high heat on the stovetop.

4. Cook the steak 2-3 minutes on each side.

5. Transfer steak to a cutting board; let stand 5 minutes. Cut into thin slices.

6. Sprinkle steak with 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt.

Habanero steak salbutes

7. Mix the masa, salt, achiote, and water together into a smooth consistency for about 3 to 5 minutes. If working in large amounts cover the bowl with a damp towel to keep from drying out.

8. Take a piece of the dough and roll into a firm ball. Use a tortilla press to flatten balls into small large discs, these should be thicker than regular tortillas. I didn’t have a tortilla press so I placed the masa ball in between two pieces of saran wrap and applied pressure with a cutting board.

9. Heat up enough canola oil to cover the salbutes.

10. Place the salbutes in the oil until golden brown.

Habanero steak salbutes11. Remove from oil onto a plate lined with paper towels.

12. Top the salbutes with shredded red cabbage, steak, red onion, and avocado.

Habanero steak salbutes

13. Sprinkle fresh cilantro.

14. Drizzle with El Yucateco® Green Habanero hot sauce or with El Yucateco® Black Label habanero hot sauce to give it an extra kick!

Habanero steak salbutes
These steak salbutes are always a hit with everyone. For the marinade sometimes I use the El Yucateco® Green Habanero hot sauce. Other times I use the El Yucateco® Black Label hot sauce which is made using fire roasted habanero’s and has a rich smoky flavor. And now all the El Yucateco® hot sauces are made with no artificial colors yet they have the same great taste I love.

Habanero steak salbutes
I always stock up with lots of El Yucateco® hot sauce this time of the year because I know that I will be getting together with friends and family to watch the football games and share delicious food. From salbutes and spicy shrimp tostadas to spicy pasta salads, El Yucateco® goes well with everything and is a must have when grilling and cooking game-ready tailgating foods. You can find more great tailgating and homegating recipes filled with flavor HERE.

The El Yucatco® Green Habanero Sauce is made with fresh green habanero peppers, garlic, select spices and seasonings and I really enjoy its fresh taste and I think it goes really well with the citrus marinade.

Habanero steak salbutes

I got both the El Yucateco® green and black label habanero hot sauce at my neighborhood Walmart, you can find it in the Hispanic aislee.

Habanero Steak Salbutes Recipe

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31 thoughts on “Habanero Steak Salbutes Recipe”

  1. That is a perfect game day food! It has everything on it I love and I know he my friends who love everything too. I will definitely make this at our next game day party!

  2. I am always looking for healthier options to serve my family. This looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to give this recipe a try on the weekend.

  3. I had an American friend visit and he told me all about the ‘tradition’ of tailgating and gameday musts: the food and the drinking. For which, these habanero stake salbutes look ideal!

  4. I am so grateful to be able to drop by your site right now. I am excited to try this out as well. I am now in love with cooking and wanna try out different recipes!


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