Cilantro Lime Flank Steak Tacos

Cilantro Lime Flank Steak Tacos – Steak marinated in a cilantro lime marinade and grilled to perfection, stuffed into tacos and topped with all the fixings!

There is something about the smell of grilled food that just makes me happy. But then again I also like it when the edges of my grilled cheese are a little burned. And I will be the first person to raise my hand and offer to take the burned toast at breakfast. I dunno… I just like it! So you can imagine my delight when there are some nice charred veggies or steak on my plate! 🙂


It’s getting warmer out and that means it’s time to dust of the grill and put it to good use! It doesn’t matter if it’s 70 or 30 degrees outside…  you need to make these! It’s as simple as throwing some ingredients into a food processor and then into a bag with a nice sized flank steak to marinate and then onto a grill for charred perfection!

You can also check this recipe out over at Jenna’s blog Eat, Live, Run!

Here is what you’ll need: 2 lb. flank steak or skirt steak, one lime, olive oil, cilantro, garlic, red pepper flakes, honey, ancho-chili pepper, cumin, salt and pepper.

Here are the spices… obviously. 😉

Into a mini food processor toss in the cilantro leaves and one peeled, smashed garlic clove.

Add the juice of a whole lime.

Now just pulse it quickly to get everything roughly chopped.

Next goes in the seasonings…

Honey… Now if you don’t have any honey on hand, you can substitute it with sugar.

…And the olive oil.

Process until combined.

Now you can place your flank steak in a gallon size re-sealable bag or shallow dish that has a tight fitting lid.

Pour the marinade over the steak; squish the bag to evenly coat and cover all of the steak.

Let it hang out on the counter for 30 minutes; bringing the meat up to room temperature so it’s ready for the grill.

Grill over medium-high heat for 6-10 minutes per side, depending on how well you want it done.

Once it has reached your desired done-ness; remove from grill onto a cutting board then cover with tin foil. Let it rest for 5-7 minutes before slicing, so the meat can relax and the juices can redistribute.

Slice across the grain and at a slight angle; a sharp knife can be really helpful here!

Warm up some flour tortillas and lay some thinly slice steak in the center.

Here are all the toppings you will need.

Top the steak with the lettuce, pico and freshly shredded Monterey jack cheese.


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Cilantro Lime Flank Steak Tacos

Steak marinated in a delicious cilantro lime marinade and grilled to perfection, stuffed into tacos and topped with all the fixings!

Yield: about 6 (or more) servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes plus 30 minutes to marinade

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

Total Time: about hour


1 (2 lb) flank steak or skirt steak

1/3 cup olive oil

juice of 1 lime

1 clove of garlic, smashed

a handful of cilantro

2 teaspoons of honey

1/2 teaspoon of cumin

1/2 teaspoon of ancho-chili pepper

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Kosher salt and fresh black pepper, to taste

10-12 soft flour tortillas

iceberg lettuce, shredded or sliced

pico de gallo

Monterey jack cheese, freshly grated


In a mini food processor; place the cilantro, garlic and lime juice and pulse quickly until chopped. Toss the remaining ingredients in with the cilantro/garlic and pulse until combined.

Marinate flank steak for 30 minutes on the counter top, bringing the meat up to temp before grilling it.

Grill the flank steak 6-10 minutes per side on medium-high heat. I found that on my grill, on medium-high heat, 6 minutes per side is good for a medium-well done steak.

Heat up some warm soft flour tortillas, layer with thinly sliced strips of the Cilantro-Lime Steak, shredded ice berg lettuce, Salsa Fresca {see my recipes} and top with shredded Monterey Jack cheese!

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11 Responses to “Cilantro Lime Flank Steak Tacos”

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    Nichole B — April 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Oh, I'm so excited to try this one, looks wonderful.

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    GRAND MAMAA — April 13, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I will be DEFINATELY trying this recipe this weekend…..looks so good it's making my mouth water!!!!

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    Lynds — April 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    That looks SO good – a great Spring/ Summer meal! I can't wait to try it out : )

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    Amy's Cooking Adventures — April 14, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Oh, this looks fantastic! I have been looking for a recipe like this for ages!

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    Maggie @ Vittles and Bits — April 15, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Looks AMAZING!!! Love cilantro AND flank steak, what an awesome recipe!

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    Amy's Cooking Adventures — May 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I just got a chance to make these and they were perfect! It reminded me of some tacos I had on my honeymoon!

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    Parker — June 27, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Yummy, my husband said there is no other way for me to cook flank steak as far as he is concerned! Great marinade.

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    felicia — February 26, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Trying this for dinner!!! Can’t wait to try it on our tacos.:-)

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — March 19, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight! Loved it! Great flavor and super easy to throw together. Thanks Laurie!

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    Andrea — July 1, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I made this last night. Save some sauce for dipping and it was so good. Next time I might try it with country style ribs.

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