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Skirt Steak Tacos with Jalapeno Slaw

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.

Grilled flank Steak on a cutting board  with coleslaw.

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.

Close up photo of steak tacos.

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.

Steak marinating in a bag.

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.

close up photo of sliced steak

DES TIP: Don’t forget to let the steak rest! This gives the juices chances to redistribute and will keep your steak juicy. 

What else is perfect in skirt steak tacos?


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

Overhead photo of jalapeno coleslaw.

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.

Overhead photo of steak tacos

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

Looking for more taco recipes for Cinco de Mayo or Taco Tuesday? Here are some of my most popular!

Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce Recipe

Prime Rib Tacos 

Fried Fish Tacos with Slaw

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 or flank 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
  • 2 jalapenos, 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 and jalapenos. 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.


Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.

Nutrition information

Amount per serving: 2 tacos per serving
Calories: 502 , Total Fat: 27.3g , Saturated Fat: 6.5g , Cholesterol: 65mg , Sodium: 762mg , Carbohydrates: 29.8g , Fiber: 4,7g , Sugar: 3.1g , Protein: 35.5g

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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!


    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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