Grilled Steak Tacos

Flat iron steak is an inexpensive but totally flavorful cut of meat, especially when marinated in a citrus adobo sauce to make my favorite steak tacos.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword steak, tacos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 342 kcal


For the Marinade:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 cloves garlic , peeled
  • 2 chipotle peppers plus 2 tablespoons adobo sauce from the can
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves and stems (or a large fistful)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For the Tacos:

  • 1 1/2 pounds flat iron steak
  • Sliced avocado
  • Chopped tomato
  • Chopped onion
  • Chopped cilantro leaves


Marinate the Steak:

  1. Poke holes in the steak with a large knife, taking care to make the holes with the grain. Add the steak to a gallon size freezer bag.

  2. Add the orange juice, garlic cloves, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce, cilantro, cumin, cinnamon and kosher salt into a blender. Puree until smooth then pour into the freezer bag with the steak, seal and refrigerate for 1 hour up to overnight.

Make the Steak Tacos:

  1. Let the steak come to room temperature before grilling, about 20 minutes. Oil grates with grapeseed oil and preheat it on high heat.

  2. Reduce the heat to medium-high and grill the meat for 10 minutes on each side or until cooked to desired doneness.

  3. Allow the steak to rest on a platter, covered with foil, for 10 minutes before cutting.

  4. Warm the tortillas over a gas flame or on the grill. Assemble the tacos with sliced avocado, chopped onion, tomatoes, cilantro, queso fresco, and a squeeze of grilled limes or sliced jalapeƱo if you like.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Steak Tacos
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 112mg37%
Sodium 807mg35%
Potassium 687mg20%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 653IU13%
Vitamin C 32mg39%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.