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Steak Street Tacos are portable tortillas filled with juicy seasoned beef, tomatoes, and cheese. Make this steak taco recipe for dinner tonight!
WHAT ARE STREET TACOS?
In Mexico, food trucks and corner vendors are a common sight. These small portable tacos are one of the more popular items you will find them selling.
Typically, street tacos have fillings of shredded chicken, ground beef, or pork. They are usually piled high with local vegetables like pico de gallo, cilantro, and Cojita cheese.
Ingredients for Steak Street Tacos
Obviously, you can customize your tacos with any fillings that you like. The important thing is to use a good cut of steak, and to marinate with plenty of fresh seasonings.
As a result, you’ll have juicy, tender bites of flavorful beef to enjoy!
- Flank steak or skirt steak – Either of these cuts of beef are fantastic for this steak taco recipe. They cook quickly and they’re thin cuts, so they absorb marinade really well.
For the marinade:
- fresh garlic cloves, minced
- jalapenos, minced
- fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- limes, juiced
- oranges, juiced
- white vinegar
- extra virgin olive oil
If your family is a huge taco fan then you have to give my Quick Homemade Taco Seasoning a try. I make a huge batch and keep in a big mason jar for easy dinners.
Steak Taco Recipe Tips
- MARINATING THE BEEF
To allow the beef to absorb the marinade, you’ll want to allow for at least an hour of marinating time.
This being said, you can marinate the beef for up to 8 hours. So, feel free to do this in the morning, then finish cooking the meal just before serving.
Combine the marinade ingredients in a large zip top baggie or a shallow baking dish with a flat bottom.
💡 TIME SAVING TIP:
If you have a good blender or food processor, feel free to use it to combine the marinade ingredients instead of chopping everything by hand.
- GRILLING THE STEAK
I like to use my outdoor grill to cook the flank steak, if for no other reason than it prevents my kitchen from getting hot.
If you have an indoor grill or a stove top grill pan, either of those will work great as well.
If grilling isn’t an option for you, pan sear the steak for a couple of minutes on each side, then finish cooking it in a 425 F. oven.
I like to add refried beans to the steak street tacos but you can always serve them on the side if you prefer.
Other great side dishes for this meal are homemade guacamole and chips or some Mexican rice.
Steak Street Tacos
Soft corn tortillas topped with seasoned grilled flank or skirt steak, crumbled queso fresco, cilantro, lime, onion, and tomato. These are just like authentic Mexican street tacos with carne asada!
- 2 lbs flank steaks or skirt steaks, trimmed of excess fat
- 8 (taco sized) flour tortillas, cooked according to package
- 8 oz. crumbled queso fresco (or shredded monterey jack cheese)
- 2 limes, cut into wedges
- pico de gallo
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 jalapenos, minced
- 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- 3 small limes, juiced
- 3 oranges, juiced
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Combine marinade in a large ziptop baggie (note: if you have a good blender or food processor feel free to use it to combine ingredients instead of chopping). Add steak to baggie and refrigerate at least 1 hour, but no more than 8 hours.
- Prepare grill with a medium-high heat. Remove steak from marinade and season both sides with a little additional salt and pepper. Grill over direct heat for 10-15 minutes for a medium consistency. Remove from heat and allow to rest for about 5 minutes.
- Cut against the grain in to strips or into bite sized pieces. Serve as tacos, burritos, or fajitas with queso fresco, limes, refried beans and pico de gallo.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 tacos
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1023Total Fat: 64gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 37gCholesterol: 231mgSodium: 1217mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 6gSugar: 12gProtein: 81g
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I know it’s been a long time since you posted this, but…
I spent a few weeks in Puerto Rico this summer and I know that tacos are not local but still fell in love with a taco truck that made the best street food.
I’ve been trying to find a good recipe to come close and your simple recipe covers the most important parts. I love the marinade and spices, I’ve tinkered a little but I’m so happy i found your site.
Thank you so much!
Wendy O'Neal says
That’s great. Thanks for sharing. w-
Love this recipe. I would like my culinary class to try to make it. About how many tacos can I expect to get out of this recipe?
Made these tonight, with homemade tortillas, and they were amazing! Thank you for sharing this, along with your homemade pico de gallo recipe (that I also made for these tacos.)
Wendy O'Neal says
So glad you enjoyed them! I love that pico….nom nom! w-
Kat Wesley says
Street tacos is my next recipe to make. This is great recipe for our dinner tonight.
Lane Howke says
I love eating meat. I make sure that every lunch and dinner, I eat some meat and these street tacos is so delectable to eat. This is perfect for my lunch.
Amy Dunn says
Wendy, if I have not already mentioned this, these tacos were a huge hit in our house! Thank you so much for taking the time to create such a fabulous recipe using TortillLand uncooked flour tortillas. I hope all is well for you.
Ann Cotilard says
Last weekend my whole family had a picnic in our backyard. We did grilling and barbecue. In fact, we made this street tacos. I am so grate that I made it yummy. My family enjoyed eating my street tacos.
Mexican is my 2nd favorite food with Italian being my 1st. I love street tacos and I am definitely bookmarking this page for the recipe. I will make sure to use Tortillaland too. Thanks for sharing this!
Wanda McHenry says
All I have to say is: “YUM!” I will be making these in the not so far distant future!
Those look great! I’ve heard that “street” food is all the rage now. We don’t really have anything like that here, so it’s cool that you get to explore so many new options and come up with your own.
I love grabbing lunch from the taco cart! These look just like the ones I get there!
Melissa Lawler says
This sounds like heaven!
Jodi @ A Mom Having Fun says
Wow, those look absolutely delicious! Mexican food is my absolute favorite. Saved this recipe for sure.