Marinated Steak Tacos

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I’ve been itching to get back to grilling all vacation long.  With a week long feast of fish, my body was craving meat off the grill.  What better way to start 2023 grilling than with some marinated steak tacos!  These little steak bites were marinated in a Mexican inspired sauce that added a great layer of flavor with each bite.  Also made a homemade salsa which was out of this world and so easy to make.

Prepare the marinade.

Marinated Steak Ingredients

First things first, you need to get the marinade ready so that the steak can absorb all those amazing flavors.

In a mixing bowl, add the following spices: cumin, ancho chili powder, smoked paprika, cayenee pepper, garlic powder, salt and Mexican oregano. Add some apple cider vinegar, olive oil, tomato paste and water.  Mix all the ingredients together until you get a thick liquid consistency.

Skirt Steak and Homemade Mexican Marinade

For the steak, I went with skirt steak that was trimmed and tenderized.  Since I had a long strip, I cut it into smaller 6 inch slabs.

Pour the homemade Mexican marinade over the steak and rub it in making sure everything is covered.  Set aside for at least 1 hour allowing the marinade to penetrate the meat to absorb the spices.

How to make homemade salsa.

Salsa Verde ingredients

The salsa is a key component for this recipe.  To start off, char a tomatillo, roma tomatoes and jalapeno. Make sure to turn the veggies around every minute for an even char throughout.

Next, hydrate some dried chile de arbol in a separate bowl.  These will add an additional layer of flavor to this dish that elevates the spice level.

Charred Veggies

Hydrated Chile de arbol

Finally, in a food processor, throw in the charred veggies along with garlic cloves and a white onion.  Add some chicken bullion, freshly squeezed lime juice and a batch of cilantro. Blend it all together leaving a slightly chunky consistency for texture.

Homemade salsa

Time to grill steak.

Preheat the grill to 400 degrees and set for direct heat.  Place the marinated skirt steak directly on the grill grates and grill 2 minutes per side or until the internal temp reaches 130 degrees.

Grilled Skirt Steak

Remove them off the grill and let them rest for 15 minutes.

Assemble the marinated steak tacos.

Cubes skirt steak

It’s finally time to assemble your tacos.  Once the grilled steak has rested, cut it up into 1 inch cubes.  This will make it easier to eat vs. long thin strips.

Place a few corn tortillas on the grill to warm and soften them up.  Dice up a white onion and cilantro for your topping.

Finally apply a handful of the cubed grilled steak onto a warm tortilla, add a tbsp of the homemade salsa, chopped onion, cilantro and sprinkle the top with some cotija cheese.  These amazing marinated steak tacos are full of delicious Mexican spices and definitely what I was missing and craving. Enjoy!

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Marinated Steak Tacos

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Servings 4 People

Ingredients
  

Steak Marinade Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Skirt Steak
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 1 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp Ancho chili pepper
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Mexican oregano
  • 2 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt

Homemade Salsa Ingredients

  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 Tomatillo
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 Batch of cilantro
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • 1 Freshly squeezed juice from lime
  • 6 Chile de arbol
  • 1 tbsp Chicken bullion

Instructions
 

Steak Marinade Instructions

  • Ina mixing bowl, add the following spices: cumin, ancho chili powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt and Mexican oregano. Add some apple cider vinegar, olive oil, tomato paste and water.  Mix all the ingredients together until you get a thick liquid consistency.
  • Cut the skirt steak into smaller 6 inch slabs.
  • Pour the homemade Mexican marinade over the steak and rub it in making sure everything is covered.  Set aside for at least 1 hour allowing the marinade to penetrate the meat to absorb the spices.

Homemade Salsa Instructions

  • To start off, char a tomatillo, roma tomatoes and jalapeno. Make sure to turn the veggies around every minute for an even char throughout.
  • Hydrate some dried chile de arbol in a separate bowl. 
  • In a food processor, throw in the charred veggies along with garlic cloves and a white onion.  Add some chicken bullion, freshly squeezed lime juice and a batch of cilantro. Blend it all together leaving a slightly chunky consistency for texture.

Steak Grill Instructions

  • Preheat the grill to 400 degrees and set for direct heat. 
  • Place the marinated skirt steak directly on the grill grates and grill 2 minutes per side or until the internal temp reaches130 degrees.
  • Remove them off the grill and let them rest for 15 minutes. 
  • Once the grilled steak has rested, cut it up into 1 inch cubes.  This will make it easier to eat vs. long thin strips.
  • Place a few corn tortillas on the grill to warm and soften them up.  Dice up a white onion and cilantro for your topping.
  • Assemble the taco.

 

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