Steak Tacos

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Steak Tacos are a filling and delicious addition to taco night!

These steak tacos are made with flank steak marinated in an easy marinade and then grilled to perfection. It’s tucked into warm tortillas with your favorite toppings for a perfect meal.

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  • The marinade is easy, fresh, and flavorful.
  • You can use any kind of steak, and this method ensures it’s tender every time.
  • Everything can be prepared ahead of time, making for a quick, anytime kind of meal.

Steak for Tacos

Steak tacos are an easy meal and a great variation from ground beef tacos! Add your favorite toppings.

Choose any cut of beef that’s intended for grilling. For this recipe, I prefer flank steak, which works great in dishes like Mongolian beef or fajitas. Skirt steak, ribeye, or sirloin steak are also delicious (marinate sirloin or ribeye for only 1 hour).

The recipe below can be cooked on either the grill or stovetop. I prefer the grill if possible but either makes delicious tacos.

Marinade for Steak Tacos

Marination cuts of beef like flank steak or skirt steak both tenderizes them and adds flavor.

I create a simple marinade with fresh orange and lime juice for acidity and a bit of cilantro for freshness.

  • Juice: Fresh lime and orange juice add flavor, and the acidity makes the steak tender.
  • Oil: Oil adds moisture and helps distribute the flavorings evenly.
  • Flavor: Salt, pepper, and cumin season the steak, while garlic and cilantro add flavor.

Feel free to add seasonings like smoked paprika, chili powder, onion powder, oregano, or red pepper flakes.

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How to Make Steak Tacos

  1. Marinate: Mix the marinade ingredients (recipe below) and marinate steak for at least an hour or overnight.
  2. Grill: Grill the steak according to the recipe below. Remove from heat and let it rest.
  3. Cut and Serve: Cut the steak into pieces and tuck it into tortillas with your favorite toppings.
  • Marinate – Marinate the steak for maximum flavor. You can even marinate it overnight for a quick meal the next day!
  • Rest After Cooking – Let the beef rest for a few minutes after cooking to lock in the juices.
  • Cut Across the Grain (Important!) – Slice the steak across the grain, or the steak will be tough. Before you marinate the meat, you will see long muscle fibers in the meat, you want to cut across (and not with) the fibers.
  • Cube the Beef – While some recipes use strips of beef, I find cubes easier to serve and eat.
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Steak Taco Toppings

The best way to serve steak tacos is to offer a variety of toppings so everyone can build their own! Add a side of refried beans or a salad to round out the.

  • Sauces: Sour cream, mango salsa, hot sauce, guacamole
  • Flavor: Sliced black olives, red onion, sliced jalapenos, green chiles, lime wedges, cilantro
  • Veggies: Diced tomatoes, white onions, avocado, cabbage slaw, chopped lettuce
  • Cheese: Cotija cheese, Monterey jack cheese, cheddar cheese

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Easy Steak Tacos

Steak Tacos are loaded with juicy marinated steak topped with pico de gallo and guacamole, and wrapped in a warm tortilla!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 13 minutes

Marinade Time 1 hour

Total Time 1 hour 23 minutes

Servings 8 tacos

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  • In a blender or food processor, add all marinade ingredients. Pulse until smooth.

  • Combine the marinade and flank steak in a glass bowl or freezer bag and mix well to coat.

  • Marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight. (If using sirloin or ribeye, marinate for a maximum of 1 hour). Remove the steak from the marinade and allow excess to drip off.

  • Preheat the grill or a grill pan to medium-high heat (425°F). Cook for about 4-5 minutes per side (125 to 130°F for medium-rare). While the steak is cooking, add the tortillas to the grill for about 1 minute per side to warm.

  • Transfer the steak to a plate and let it rest for at least 5 minutes. Cut the steak into ½-inch slices across the grain, and then cut into bite-sized pieces

  • Serve in warmed tortillas with desired toppings such as pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, and cilantro.

*Skirt steak, sirloin, or ribeye can be used in place of flank steak. If using ribeye or sirloin, reduce marinating time to 1 hour. Marinade – Marinate the steak for maximum flavor. Flank steak is a tougher cut and should be marinated for at least one hour or up to 12 hours.  Rest After Cooking – Let the beef rest for a few minutes after cooking to lock in the juices. Cut Across the Grain (Important!) – Cut the steak across the grain, or the steak will be tough. Before you marinate the meat, you will see long fibers in the meat, cut across (and not with) the fibers.

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Serving: 1taco | Calories: 219 | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 309mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 71IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Beef, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
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