Chili-Spiced Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe


Chili powders form the base of a marinade for this skirt steak, which is grilled, sliced, and piled into corn tortillas with tomatoes, cilantro, and cilantro cream for a beefy, spicy, fresh, and cool taco.

Adapted from Food & Wine

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Active: 45 mins
Total: 0 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak

  • 12 corn tortillas

  • 2 to 3 Roma tomatoes, diced

  • 3 tablespoons roughly chopped cilantro

  • Cilantro cream sauce


  1. In a small bowl, mix together paprika, ancho chile powder, garlic powder, onion powder, light brown sugar, chipotle chile powder, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepperl. Add lime juice and oil, stir to combine.

  2. Place skirt steak in a large resealable plastic bag and pour in marinade. Seal bag and toss to thoroughly coat steak. Marinate at room temperature for 1 hour while preparing the grill.

  3. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Grill steak over high heat until deeply browned on both sides, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Remove to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice into 3 to 4 inch portions with the grain, then slice against the grain into 1/4-inch strips.

  4. To serve, briefly warm tortillas on grill, then top with slices of steak, diced tomatoes, cilantro, and cilantro cream.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
822 Calories
52g Fat
53g Carbs
38g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 822
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 52g 67%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 853mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 17mg 85%
Calcium 117mg 9%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 899mg 19%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)