Grilled Steak Tacos

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Grilled Steak Tacos with with red onion, avocado, cilantro, and queso fresco are great for Taco Tuesday or any day! Serve with Chimichurri Sauce for an extra boost of flavor!

Grilled Steak Tacos in tortillas with avocado.

Tomorrow is Taco Tuesday, our favorite day of the week. We want to make sure you are ready to celebrate Taco Tuesday, so today we are sharing this awesome recipe for Grilled Steak Tacos. This is Josh’s favorite taco recipe. He says they are the BEST!

Grilled Chili Lime Steak Tacos with red onion, avocado, cilantro, queso fresco and served on corn tortillas.

How to Make Steak Tacos

  • Use flank steak. It is a lean cut of beef and is best when cooked to medium rare and thinly sliced, making it perfect for tacos.
  • Only marinate the steak in lime juice for 30 minutes or the steak will get mushy. This is a quick and easy recipe, you don’t have to marinate the steak for hours.
  • The chili lime rub is easy to prepare and uses ingredients that you probably have in your pantry.
  • Grill the steak at high heat.
  • Allow the steak to rest for 10 minutes before slicing so you don’t lose all of the juice and flavor.
  • Cut the steak across the grain. It will be tough and chewy unless you cut it across the grain to break up the muscle fibers.
  • Serve the tacos with your favorite toppings. We use red onion, avocado slices, cilantro, and queso fresco. Steak tacos are also REALLY good with Chimichurri Sauce! Drizzle on top for a burst of flavor!
Steak Tacos with red onion, avocado, cilantro, and queso fresco.

Boom! Are you ready to grill some tacos? If you can’t wait until Tuesday, I completely understand. Tacos are welcome any day of the week!

steak tacos in corn tortillas with avocado and spices.

These Grilled Chili Lime Steak Tacos are always a hit at our house and make a great summer meal. Eat them outside on the patio and they will taste even better:) Enjoy!

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Steak Tacos

Steak tacos with avocado, red onion, cilantro, and queso fresco make a great summer dinner!
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  • Place the flank steak in a 9×13 pan. Pour lime juice over the steak and let marinate for 30 minutes, at room temperature.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine lime zest, salt, sugar, pepper, chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, oregano, and cinnamon.
  • Rub both sides of the steak with the spice mixture, pressing with your fingers to help the rub adhere to the meat.
  • Preheat grill to high heat. Lightly coat a paper towel with oil and, holding it with long tongs, carefully rub the oiled towel over the grill rack. Place steak directly on the grill and cook for 5 minutes on each side. Remove from grill and let the steak rest on a cutting board, covered with foil, for 10 minutes.
  • While the steak is resting, warm the corn tortillas on the grill or use a gas flame to char them slightly.
  • Cut the steak into strips, against the grain. Place steak strips in the corn tortillas and top with red onion, avocado, cilantro, and queso fresco. Drizzle with chimichurri, if desired. Squeeze with lime juice, if desired. Serve warm.


Calories: 358kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 39g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 109mg, Sodium: 1338mg, Potassium: 856mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 355IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 106mg, Iron: 3.2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This looks amazing! Flank steak is always great for grilling. You can also try flap steak, it’s very similar to flank and it’s fantastic for stir frying if you don’t have a grill at home. 

  2. Just in time for Taco Tuesday! Although I seldom actually wait for Tuesday when I see a recipe like this. 

  3. They look so good! I am obsessed with pickled red onions right now, and I would totally add those to these tacos.

  4. Okay, now I’m SUPER excited for Taco Tuesday tomorrow. These look SO good, and are a welcome change from the usual ground beef or chicken!

  5. Is a cast iron skillet an acceptable cooking alternative?  This looks delicious. It I don’t have a grill or grill pan.

  6. The ingredients list calls for garlic powder but I don’t see it being used anywhere in the recipe? Also  where is the cilantro in the ingredients list?

    1. 3 stars
      The garlic powder in the list of ingredients for the steak rub (Step #2 in the recipe): “2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine lime zest, salt, sugar, pepper, CHILI POWDER, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, oregano, and cinnamon.”

      The cilantro is meant to be added as a condiment after the individual tacos have been made up.

    2. OOPS! I mean GARLIC POWDER: “2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine lime zest, salt, sugar, pepper, chili powder, cumin, paprika, GARLIC POWDER, oregano, and cinnamon.”

      Sorry! I just hate when I do something stupid like that !!!!

  7. wow really good blog i really like thanks for sharing it give me a lots useful information about all thinks

  8. 5 stars
    I need me some steak tacos! The marinade is going to make these so tender and flavorful. Looking forward to enjoy a few (or many!) I might toss in a habanero pepper for a bit more heat. Love it!

  9. 5 stars
    I made these last week and we are making them again tonight!  SOOOO delicious!!  My whole family loved them.   Thank you for the amazing recipe! 

  10. 5 stars
    I saw fresh corn tortillas in the super market on the weekend and it’s like I was destined to make this receipt. We had taco Monday tonight. The steak seasoning was awesome and 10 minutes per side was just perfect for a tender medium rare. My only critique was that the corn tortillas were too hard to fold done on the grill. Other than that, these were fantastic!

  11. 5 stars
    This is the best steak taco recipe I have enjoyed the most so far. Going to cook some tonight. Thanks for sharing it ❤️

  12. Just finished making these. They are fantastic! I made a gravy with the remaining pan juices. Will cut down on the salt next time though. Still awesome!

  13. These look delicious can’t wait to make them, do you dry the steak after the marinade and before the rub?

  14. these are great… I grill sirloin medium rare, let it rest for a bit when done as I want…then slice it on an angle across the grain…..very good…. I grill small flour tortillas for some brown spots and they are perfect everytime….fold beautifully….

  15. I have a houseful of all guys who do not like to try anything new. This was a Win!!! The only thing I added was a white cream sauce recipe I found for fish tacos.

  16. 4 stars
    5 STARS
    I have made these 3 times. The marinating in lime in combination with the rub is really spectacular. The first time I made these I found the meat tough. I read a bit on how to improve this and next time pounded the meat and scored it to help the lime do it’s magic and it turned out absolutely perfect and very tender. This will be a regular meal at our house!! Thanks so much. 5 stars. (It wont let me do the star thing)

  17. 5 stars
    These are a firm favourite in our house since we tried it first. Like weekly. We have to limit ourselves. 😀

    Great flavours.

  18. 5 stars
    I finally got around to making your recipe for steak tacos. Holy mackerel absolutely delicious. I followed the recipe to a tee and was blown away.

  19. 5 stars
    This is so good! The meat is even better the next day, too. Love to dice up and fry potatoes, peppers and mushrooms to mix the leftovers with the next night.

  20. 5 stars
    really great and interesting spice rub on the beef! i get nervous cooking with tough cuts of meat like flank so i substituted new york strip here and served with homemade corn tortillas. what a hit! thanks so much!!

  21. 5 stars
    The best tacos we have ever made at home! We substituted the queso fresco (not available) with Feta cheese and crumbled it – worked perfectly. What a great find! Now to try some more of your recipes. 🙂

  22. 5 stars
    This has become a weekly summer meal for my family. Wife even requested it as her birthday dinner.

  23. OOPS! I mean GARLIC POWDER: “2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine lime zest, salt, sugar, pepper, chili powder, cumin, paprika, GARLIC POWDER, oregano, and cinnamon.”

    Sorry! I just hate when I do something stupid like that !!!!

  24. 5 stars
    Very good recipe. I used sirloin because I had it and pickled red onion which was a great addition. Also grilled peppers on the side.

  25. Was a bit nervous when marinating the meat, but this was a hit! The lime beforehand adds a depth of flavor and blends well with the spices. Very glad I used this recipe. It’s pretty foolproof!

  26. This was delicious, did not change a thing!
    Dad & hubby loved it too! Thank you!
    Will it work for chicken?