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This has been the wettest summer we have ever had on the planet. When the weather is like this, it makes it hard to do what I love — and that is entertain. However, I do not let that stop me from trying my best of getting my friends together and having a blast. That is what I use my Monday night ladies book club for.

Today, I want to share with you a new recipe I created just for this special night — my Grilled Steak and Tamale Cornbread Bites.

Grilled Steak and Tamale Cornbread Bites

Of course, for the past two weeks– all it has done has rained outside, so I decided to think outside of the box and use my inside grill pan and create that same effect and find ways to bring that outside grill flavor to the indoor grill.

One of my favorite foods to make and eat are tamales, but helloo — they take SO long to make. So I decided to try this recipe using a beautiful sirloin steak, HERDEZ® Salsa that I picked up at Walmart during my last shopping trip, and those little .50 boxes of corn muffin mix to offer an authentic tamale flavor without all the time involved.

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From start to finish, this recipe took me about 30 minutes. Not long at all and it is great to serve to your friends and family.

Grilled Steak and Tamale Cornbread Bites

Grilled Steak and Tamale Cornbread Bites


  • 1/2 cup of HERDEZ® Salsa Casera plus more for garnish
  • 1 sirloin steak
  • box of corn muffin mix
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • Crumbled Queso Fresco for garnish


  1. Marinate steak in the 1/2 cup of HERDEZ® Salsa. Let set for 15 minutes.
  2. Following the instructions on the box, make the corn muffins in a mini muffin tin.
  3. Take the steak out of the marinade and either on an outside grill or an inside grill pan, place your steak down and cook about 5-7 minutes per side depending on how done you want your meat.
  4. Remove the steak from the grill and let it rest then slice on the bias (or against the grain) into thin strips.
  5. Place the thin strips on top of the mini corn muffins and then top with cilantro, queso fresco and HERDEZ® Salsa and then enjoy!

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So let me show you how I made this easy appetizer dish —

For starters, go to Walmart, and grab a few jars of HERDEZ® Salsa.

My favorite is the Salsa Casera — because not only is it great as a topping, it is perfect for marinating that beautiful steak I talked about.

So the list of ingredients look like this —

  • HERDEZ® Salsa
  • 1 Sirloin Steak
  • 1 box of Corn muffin Mix
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • Queso Fresco for topping

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Start by marinating your beef with 1/2 cup of HERDEZ® Salsa.

herdez marinate

This recipe is great! Get recipe inspiration and beef nutrition information at “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner“.

I usually let my beef marinate for about 15 minutes. While it is marinating, I make my corn muffins. I like to use a little mini muffin pan because it makes it more bite size.

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I stick them in the oven and then pull my steak out of the marinade. Now, like I said, I would normally grill this outside on my grill in the backyard with friends all around, BUT — it has been like a monsoon weather here so there has been no grilling outside.

But if you are grilling outside, you may find the best pellet smoker for the ultimate grilling purpose and have fun anywhere outdoors or in comfort of your own backyard.

I get my inside grill pan and drizzle it with olive oil and place the marinated steak on the pan.

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I give it a few minutes so that it can get those nice grill marks going on, and then I flip it to the other side.

I don't like my steak to be cooked all the way through. I am a medium girl, so about 5-7 minutes per side is all you will need.

herdez grill pan

Remove the steak from the pan and let it rest. While the steak is resting, pull your muffins out of the oven and let them cool.

Once the steak has cooled, slice across the grain in thin strips, thin enough that they will fold on top of the muffins.

herdez beef shot

Top each steak topped muffin with a dollop of HERDEZ® Salsa and then sprinkle on chopped cilantro and crumbled Queso Fresco. You can sprinkle a little salt and pepper on if you want or finish off with a squeeze of lime as well. This recipe is so versatile you can do anything to it!

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Then serve these to your friends and family and your next backyard get together. Hopefully the weather will clear up around here this week and I will get to have one myself. They are definitely my favorite way to connect and relax.

So tell me — what are your favorite little appetizer type foods to share with your friends and family during backyard grilling get togethers?

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Claudia Krusch

Wednesday 24th of August 2016

Love your recipe so much! I can't wait to try it!!!

Liz Mays

Wednesday 24th of August 2016

Oh my that flavor sounds amazing! I love that they're bite-sized too, Jen!

Dawn Lopez

Wednesday 24th of August 2016

What a great appetizer! I love the presentation and I bet they taste as good as they look. I like to serve a fresh recipe to guests that they have never tried before. This is my next recipe to try!

Rachael Yerkes

Wednesday 24th of August 2016

What a delicious idea. I love the combo of the cornbread and steak. These look so flavorful.

Lisa Favre

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016

I've been seeing so much cornbread lately and I really don't mind! People are getting so creative with it and it's great because it's one of my fave side dishes.

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