Steak tacos are the best tacos recipe I’ve ever made. Use skirt or flank steak for perfectly tender and buttery beef and the jalapeno slaw on top gives these tacos a spicy kick.
When it comes to tacos, I love just about any kind of filling. I love shrimp, chorizo, fish, pulled pork and even prime rib. But steak? Skirt Steak Tacos are my favorite.
But the steak has to be prepared just right.
When I first shared this recipe in 2015, it originally called for skirt steak. Lately, skirt steak has been harder to find so I decided to try it with flank steak. And guess what! Since the cuts are similar, it worked PERFECTLY. So no matter which one you can get your hands on, you’re going to want to make these tacos ASAP.
Both cuts are typically tough as a result skirt and flank steak are at their best when they have been allowed to marinate at least 8 – 10 hours. At that point, it is taken out of the fridge about an hour or so before you want to cook it, so that it has a chance to come up to room temperature.
So yes, there is some waiting, but that is when skirt and flank steak are at their best. After it has had the chance to marinate and come to room temperature you grill it. Both flank and skirt steak are perfect at medium rare so you’ll want to cook them for about 5 minutes per side. The result is perfectly tender, almost buttery steak. Making it perfect for tacos.
DES TIP: Don’t forget to let the steak rest! This gives the juices chances to redistribute and will keep your steak juicy.
Creamy, tangy, crunchy, and in this case, spicy, jalapeno slaw.
I say spicy because this recipe calls two jalapenos. Not seeded either, we want all those spicy capsaicin filled seeds present.
So if you do like to turn the heat up a bit then you are going to love the jalapeño slaw. And whether you use flank or skirt steak, you are going to love these Steak Tacos. The soft corn tortillas, buttery marinated steak, crunchy, creamy slaw. It’s all there, friends. And it’s taco perfection.
Skirt steak is great for more than tacos, though. Give it a try in these recipes, too:
Marinated Skirt Steak with Chimichurri
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AlyssaMarch 4, 2015 at 8:09 pm
I’m a sucker for tacos of any kind and I’m seriously loving this spicy slaw!
kirsten@FarmFreshFeastsMarch 4, 2015 at 11:50 am
My kids are just crazy for meat lately–must be their stage of growth. The last time I cooked steak they snarfed up all the rest as an after-dinner snack! They’d love this meal. I do my corn tortillas in a hot dry skillet, but I’m a big fan of the vacuum packed uncooked ones. There’s something about a warm corn tortilla.
DesereeMarch 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm
I will have to try the hot dry skillet technique!
Dana @ Foodie Goes HealthyMarch 4, 2015 at 10:28 am
I find that when I make skirt steak, it sometimes tough and chewy. I’ll have to try the long marinade– I hope that’s the trick I’ve been missing. And yes, cutting the meat against the grain is another important tip.
DesereeMarch 4, 2015 at 9:20 pm
The last time I was short on time and didn’t think I needed to marinate it I had tough and chewy steak too. I really think the long marinade helps!
passthesushiMarch 4, 2015 at 10:11 am
Oooh I love me some tacos. Gimmie that slaw!
Lady GourmetMarch 4, 2015 at 9:50 am
Dear Deseree, These tacos just look marvelous. I love the jalapeno slaw. xo, Catherine
Brandy MMarch 4, 2015 at 9:41 am
This just looks tempting! I might just eat my screen! We do taco Tuesday a lot here. This will have to be on the next menu plan!
Melissa FalkMarch 4, 2015 at 7:45 am
These look beautiful!
Heather @FrenchPressMarch 4, 2015 at 7:28 am
you can share a taco recipe like this one any day of the week :) that slaw sounds amazing
Tea & Biscuits blogMarch 4, 2015 at 6:01 am
They sound so delicious! I love skirt steak, my husband is a big fan of cooking it on the grill :)
Pam Armstrong GreerMarch 4, 2015 at 4:54 am
I love the sound of that slaw!!
JulieMarch 4, 2015 at 3:31 am
I’ve never tried skirt steak, so I’m going to have to get on it! Love these bright colors in this dish!
DesereeMarch 4, 2015 at 9:20 pm
When marinated long enough it is one of my favorite cuts of meat! So tender and flavorful and often at a great price too!