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These grilled steak tacos are rich, juicy, and filling! The lime, chili, and garlic marinade seeps into the meat and then it’s grilled to perfection before being sliced up and thrown on a flour tortilla. Add your favorite toppings and you’ve got a quick and easy Mexican-inspired dinner!

Why We Love This Grilled Steak Tacos Recipe

Mexican food is one of my favorite cuisines, and these grilled steak tacos are such a quick and easy way to enjoy it!

I love making my Spicy Chicken Tacos, and I’ve even made my own Homemade Taco Seasoning, but this taco recipe strips it back even further. Just grill up some steak and add your favorite toppings!

slices of grilled steak in a taco shell with slices of avocado and a spoonful of pico de gallo

Ingredients for this Taco Recipe

Of course, the number one ingredient in this recipe is the beef, and choosing which cut is probably the most difficult part of the meal. But never fear! I’ve done the hard work for you, so just sit back, relax, and choose from one of the following steaks. 

You want to make sure it’s lean, on the thinner side, and can be easily cut into chewable slices. All of these qualities will ensure it absorbs the flavors of the marinade, is easy and enjoyable to chew in a taco, and retains its beefy flavor.

All that being said, I’d recommend skirt or flank steak!

Ingredients for Steak Marinade

  • Lime juice
  • Oil
  • Chili Powder
  • Minced Garlic
  • Salt

Additional Ingredients

How to Make Grilled Steak Tacos

Step 1: Trim Steak

Trim away any fat from the steaks and then place it in a large ziploc bag. 

Step 2: Mix the Marinade

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the lime juice, oil, chili powder, garlic, and salad. Pour the mixture over the meat and seal the ziploc bag. Allow your steak to marinade for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator.

Step 3: Grill the Steak

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and then grill your steaks until they’ve reached the desired doneness. I cook ours for about 4 minutes in total. This will vary greatly depending on the cut, thickness, and how well done you personally want your steak. 

Step 4: Rest Steak 

Remove the meat from the grill and allow it to rest for a couple of minutes.

Step 5: Slice

Slice the steak into half-inch wide strips. 

Step 6: Create Taco

Fill your tortilla with a couple slices of grilled steak, avocado slices, and a healthy scoop of pico de gallo. Continue until you’ve filled about 12 tacos (or save the leftovers for tomorrow). Enjoy!

a grilled steak tacos including a flour tortilla as a base, grilled steak, slices of avocado, and a bit of pico de gallo on top


Can I prepare steak tacos ahead of time?

You can follow the directions up to Step 5 and then store your steak in an airtight container in your refrigerator for a couple of days. When you’re ready to make your tacos, reheat your steak in the microwave and then add the meat to your tortilla with your desired toppings. 

What is carne asada?

Carne asada just means “grilled beef.” It’s typically skirt or flank steak that has been marinated with some sort of lime juice marinade and then grilled.

Variations and Substitutions 

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Steak Tacos

Grilled Steak Tacos

Course: Main Dishes
Author: Malinda
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  • 2 lbs beef steak of choice
  • 1/2 c. lime juice
  • 2 TBSP oil
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Flour tortillas
  • Avocado slices
  • pico de gallo


  • Trim any fat from the steaks and place in a large ziploc bag.
  • For the marinade combine lime juice, oil, chili powder, garlic and salt. Pour over meat and seal. Let marinade for at least 4 hours in the refreigerator.
  • Preheat grill and grill steaks over medium to medium high heat until desired doneness. I cooked ours about 4 minutes total. This will vary greatly depending on the cut and thickness and how well done you want your steak.
  • Remove from grill and let rest for a couple of minutes.
  • Slice into 1/2" wide strips.
  • Fill tortilla with meat, avocado and pico de gallo.
  • Makes about 12 tacos

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