Tender steak tacos topped with a zesty lime mayo dressing - no matter what the occasion, this recipe will be sure to please! This quick and easy dish is sure to become a favorite in your household as you savor the juicy flavor of steak combined with the citrusy tang of lime mayo.
Let's Make Some Steak Tacos!
Tacos are perfect any time of year. They are a simple and easy recipe that are ready in just minutes! My family loves to make them because they are easily customizable to our tastes and preferences. We can add whatever toppings we are craving.
Select Your Cut of Steak
First and foremost, you'll need to decide which cut of steak you'd like to use. Flank steak is by far the most popular choice for tacos, as it's both lean and flavorful. I used flank steak in the instructions however, if you prefer more tenderness in your tacos, then opt for skirt steak or sirloin. Whatever your preference is, just be sure to keep the total fat content under 8 percent.
Marinade the Steak in Spices and Juice
Before cooking the steak, marinating it in a mixture of spices and citrus juice is the best way to infuse maximum flavor. Start by mixing together garlic, chili powder, cumin, sea salt, black pepper, lime juice and other seasonings in a small bowl. Place your steak onto a plastic bag or plate and pour the marinade over it evenly. Finally, seal the bag/cover the plate and place it inside the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
One thing I love about this recipe is that you can opt to not even let the marinade simmer if you want and just start cooking!
Grill the Steak to Perfection
Once you are done marinating the steak, preheat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan over a medium-high heat. While the grill is heating up, season both sides of the steak with a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Place the steak onto the heated grill and cook for 4 to 5 minutes each side (or longer if preferred). When cooked to your desired doneness, leave it to rest for 3 to 4 minutes before slicing against the grain into thin strips.
Prepare the Zesty Lime Mayo Dressing
To make the zesty lime mayo dressing, simply combine 3 tablespoons of mayo with 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice and 1 teaspoon minced garlic in a bowl. Mix gently until fully combined. Taste to adjust the seasonings to your preference, adding more lime juice or sea salt and pepper if desired. Set aside for later use.
Assemble the Tacos and Enjoy!
To assemble the steak tacos, evenly divide the steak amongst 8 taco shells. Top with 1-2 tablespoons of zesty lime mayo dressing and your favorite taco toppings like shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, salsa, and freshly grated cheese. Serve immediately and enjoy!
- Can I use flour or corn tortillas for steak tacos? You can use flour or corn tortillas. Either is fine. Corn tortillas are great for making gluten free tacos.
- What toppings are best for these tacos? Toppings you can put on your tacos include cojita or feta cheese, cheddar cheese, black beans, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and more!
Steak Tacos with Lime Mayo Dressing
- For the tacos:
- 8 bell peppers--red orange, yellow or green
- Chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1-pound flank steak, fat trimmed
- 8 tortillas corn, flour, wheat or multigrain
- ½ cup salsa
- ½ cup queso fresco grated
- For the lime mayo dressing:
- 3 tablespoons mayonaise
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon water
- Preheat your broiler or grill to medium high.
- On a baking sheet or broiler pan, arrange the bell peppers in a single layer. Place the bell peppers under the broiler and broil up to four minutes, until lightly blackened. Remove from oven, allow the peppers to cool and cut into thin strips. Set aside for later use.
- In a small bowl, mix together the pepper, paprika and salt. Rub the spice mixture on both sides of the steak. Place the steak on the broiler pan or baking sheet and place under the broiler. Broil for five minutes on each side, or until done. Remove from oven, allow meat to cool slightly before cutting into strips across the grain.
- In a small bowl, combine the mayonaise, lime zest, lime juice, garlic and water. Mix until well combined.
- Place one tortilla at a time in a frying pan or directly on a grill. Heat for fifteen seconds each side, or until lightly charred. Evenly divide the steak and bell peppers among the eight tortillas. Top with one tablespoon of salsa, one tablespoon of cheese and 1 teaspoon of lime mayo mixture.
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light