Skirt Steak Tacos with Jalapeno Slaw

Skirt steak tacos are the best tacos recipe I’ve ever made. The marinated beef is perfectly tender and buttery, and the jalapeno slaw on top gives these tacos a spicy kick.

I know, I know, the internet is all TACO TUESDAY and here I am, sharing this Skirt Steak Taco recipe with you on a Wednesday. But it was either share it today or wait until next week to share it with you and honestly, I just didn’t think that it was fair to you to wait. I mean, these Skirt Steak Tacos with Jalapeno Slaw are too delicious not to share now.

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 skirt steak? Skirt Steak Tacos are my favorite.

But the steak has to be prepared just right.

To get the perfect skirt steak taco takes time. Not a lot of work, mind you, just time. You see, typically a tough cut of meat, skirt steak is at it’s best when it has 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 steak is at its best. Perfectly tender, and almost buttery. Making it perfect for tacos.

Skirt Steak Tacos with Jalapeno Slaw

What else is perfect in skirt steak tacos?


Creamy, tangy, crunchy, and in this case, spicy, jalapeno slaw.

I say spicy because this recipe calls for both a jalapeño and a fresno pepper. Not seeded peppers either, we want all those spicy capsaicin filled seeds present.

If you’ve never had a fresno pepper, it’s similar to a jalapeño but red. They fall about the same place on the heat scale and the fact that there are two of them in this slaw means it’s not for those who aren’t a fan of a little spice.

But if you do like to turn the heat up a bit then you are going to love the jalapeño slaw.  And you are going to love these Skirt Steak Tacos. The soft corn tortillas, buttery marinated skirt steak, crunchy, creamy slaw. It’s all there, friends. And it’s taco perfection.

So yeah, I could’ve waited until next week to share the skirt steak tacos recipe with you in time for Taco Tuesday, but then, you couldn’t get the skirt steak marinating now so you can enjoy them ASAP.  And that, my friends, would be a travesty.

Skirt steak is great for more than tacos, though. Give it a try in these recipes, too:

Skirt Steak Fajitas

Marinated Skirt Steak with Chimichurri

Skirt Steak Tacos with Jalapeno Slaw Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:

Skirt Steak Taco Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound skirt steak
  • 8 - 10 corn tortillas
  • oil
  • cilantro
  • lime wedges

Jalapeno Slaw Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 jalapeno, julienned
  • 1 freso pepper, julienned



Whisk together olive oil, lime juice, salt, chili powder and garlic. Place skirt steak in a resealable plastic bag, pour marinade over the top. Seal bag and refrigerate for 8 - 10 hours or overnight.


Remove steak from refrigerator about 1 hour before cooking to bring to room temperature.


Make the slaw 30 minutes prior to eating. Whisk together mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt and cumin. Add in red cabbage, green cabbage, jalapeno and fresno pepper. Mix to coat. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


Heat grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Cook steak 5 - 7 minutes on both sides for medium rare. Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes.


While steak is resting heat thin layer of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Fry one tortilla 20 - 30 seconds per side and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining tortillas.


After it has rested, slice steak thinly against the grain.


To assemble a taco, place 3 - 4 slices of steak and top with slaw and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges on the side.



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  • Reply
    March 4, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I’m a sucker for tacos of any kind and I’m seriously loving this spicy slaw!

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    March 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.

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      March 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      I will have to try the hot dry skillet technique!

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    Dana @ Foodie Goes Healthy
    March 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.

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      March 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!

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    March 4, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Oooh I love me some tacos. Gimmie that slaw!

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    Lady Gourmet
    March 4, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Dear Deseree, These tacos just look marvelous. I love the jalapeno slaw. xo, Catherine

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    Brandy M
    March 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!

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    Melissa Falk
    March 4, 2015 at 7:45 am

    These look beautiful!

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    Heather @FrenchPress
    March 4, 2015 at 7:28 am

    you can share a taco recipe like this one any day of the week :) that slaw sounds amazing

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    Tea & Biscuits blog
    March 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 :)

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    Pam Armstrong Greer
    March 4, 2015 at 4:54 am

    I love the sound of that slaw!!

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    March 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!

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      March 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!