Skirt Steak Tacos

The recipe for Skirt Steak Tacos is simple and only takes 20 minutes start to finish. Instead of drowning my taco in a heavy salsa, I like to keep it simple and fresh with diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, crumbled Mexican cheese and a slice or two of avocado. A squeeze of lime to finish it off and it’s perfect.

Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

Why This Skirt Steak Taco Recipe Is So Good

  • An easy recipe  – 20 mins
  • Uses fresh ingredients
  • Uses super flavorful skirt steak
  • A perfect weeknight treat

Ingredients

  • Skirt steak
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cooking oil
  • Lettuce, tomatoes, avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Queso fresco
  • Flour or corn tortillas
  • Lime

How To Make Thess Skirt Steak Tacos – Step By Step

  1. Season the skirt steak with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a skillet or grill pan over high heat. When hot, swirl in the cooking oil. Add the skirt steak to the pan and sear for 2-3 minutes each side. If the skirt steak is very thin (about 1/2 inch thick), it should be medium-rare at this point. If the skirt steak is thicker, turn the heat to medium and cover to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  2. Let the meat rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Slice the skirt steak across the grain into very thin ribbons.
  3. Assemble tacos by layering steak, lettuce, diced tomatoes, cilantro and avocado slices. Top with cheese and serve with lime wedges.

Choosing Fresh Produce 

I’ve discovered that I’m not the only one who’s fiercely loyal to their local supermarkets. While some are loyal to a particular market because it’s convenient (close to house or office), I’m more influenced by the quality of two things: produce and meat (though my kids will argue that for them, it’s the variety of ice Creams and the breadth of their snackity-snack aisle).

For the produce, I’m all about freshness and locally grown items. I cringe when I see tomatoes come in from another country when we have tomato farms not even 10 miles from my house!

For meats, I love the variety of cuts, quality of meats. Beef is especially important – my husband lives for steak. When he heard that I’m the new face of Sweetbay Supermarket’s Beef Campaign, it was like I gave him the best gift ever. Eat steak every week!?  I told him it was his early Father’s Day present.

 

Super Yummy Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

Skirt Steak Tacos – Perfect For Weeknights

On busy weeknights, we often have steak tacos using one of my very favorite cuts of beef, the skirt steak. The skirt steak is so incredibly flavorful and when cooked and sliced the right way, one of the most tender cuts you’ll find.

 

Meaty Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

What’s The Best Steak For Tacos?

Skirt steak is a long, boneless, flat cut that has meat fibers running in one direction. The fat is only on the outside of the skirt steak – trim away the excess fat and you’ll have a very lean steak cut. The fat pulls off very easily.

See how the strong grain is running up and down along the meat? The key tender ribbons of steak is to cut across the grain – I’ll show you in a bit.

I season the steak with just salt and pepper and quickly sear both sides of the meat over high heat.

Steak with just salt and pepper Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

See how nicely seared the meat is?

Seared Steak Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

Once both sides are seared, turn the heat down to medium and cover to let it finish cooking. If you have very thin skirt steak, this step is not necessary. Just a couple of minutes is all you need. My personal preference is that skirt steak is best medium to medium-rare.

Medium to medium-rare Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

Let the meat rest for a bit before slicing.

Rest the meat for Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

Because the grain is running top to bottom, I want to slice across the grain.

Slice across the grain Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

For tacos, I slice the steak as thin as I can.

Thinly sliced Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

You can see how tender the skirt steak is!

Tendet Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

Top Tips For Skirt Steak Tacos

  • Trim away the excess fat and you’ll have a very lean steak cut.
  • Let the meat rest for a bit before slicing.
  •  When you make tacos for a crowd, the taco bar is what will take it to the next level! 
  • Beans and rice are the traditional options but you can switch it up with cor or a big green salad

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Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe
Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beef tacos, skirt steak recipe, steak tacos
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 743 kcal
Author: Jaden Hair
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds skirt steak trimmed of excess fat
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 2 cups loosely packed shredded lettuce
  • 2 to matoes diced
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced cilantro
  • 1-2 avocado pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup crumbled queso fresco or other shredded cheese of your choice
  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • 8 flour or corn tortillas
Instructions
  1. Season the skirt steak with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a skillet or grill pan over high heat. When hot, swirl in the cooking oil. Add the skirt steak to the pan and sear for 2-3 minutes each side. If the skirt steak is very thin (about 1/2 inch thick), it should be medium-rare at this point. If the skirt steak is thicker, turn the heat to medium and cover to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  2. Let the meat rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Slice the skirt steak across the grain into very thin ribbons.
  3. Assemble tacos by layering steak, lettuce, diced tomatoes, cilantro and avocado slices. Top with cheese and serve with lime wedges.
Nutrition Facts
Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 743 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 187mg62%
Sodium 1153mg50%
Potassium 1358mg39%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 61g122%
Vitamin A 1182IU24%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 292mg29%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.