Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Hands-on Time
16 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 9 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 2 tacos)

If you like your beef more rare, keep the steak whole and rub with seasonings; grill about 3 minutes on each side. Let steak stand 5 minutes; cut across grain into thin slices. If you'd like something richer than sour cream, try crema Mexicana, usually located with the Mexican cheeses. Keep the vent hood on as you cook the steak; the chile powder can be quite pungent.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 1 tablespoon canola oil, lime juice, brown sugar, chile powder, and 1 minced garlic clove in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add steak; seal and toss to coat. Marinate at room temperature 30 minutes.

Step 2

Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush the remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil over onion slices, tomatoes, and bell pepper. Arrange the vegetables in pan; cook for 4 minutes on each side or until charred and softened.

Step 3

Combine tomato, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining garlic clove in a food processor or mini chopper; pulse until almost pureed. Place tomato mixture in a medium bowl. Coarsely chop onion and bell pepper; add to bowl. Stir in oregano and black pepper.

Step 4

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add steak mixture to pan; cook for 6 minutes or until done, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining 3/8 teaspoon salt.

Step 5

Heat tortillas according to the package directions. Arrange about 1 1/2 ounces steak on each tortilla; top each tortilla with about 2 tablespoons salsa and 1 1/2 teaspoons sour cream.

Ratings & Reviews

good, but should be titled "steak tacos with charred veg salsa"

July 05, 2015
Followed ingredient list except added some serrano to the vegs (leftover from CL's cabbage & mango slaw).  Personal preference, flame-scorched the peppers, removed skin and then followed directions for the veg.  Served tacos with refried black beans,slaw & margaritas.  Very good supper for a cook-inside-summer-day..

IoneTaylor's Review

April 22, 2013
I chose this recipe as a way to use up leftover roast beef, so I didn't use the marinade. The charred vegetable salsa, while incorporating familiar flavors, was a nice change from the usual taco toppings.

ereeka80's Review

November 20, 2012
Too time consuming for what appears to be all very similar ingredients for a steak fajita. Making fajitas is significantly easier, and I get significantly better results. The marinade was good however. Otherwise, I won't be making this again. This was a dud for me.

skspillman's Review

July 05, 2012
I doubled the meat and still felt that this didn't quite make as much as I was expecting. Doubled the marinade. I think these would have gone over better if I'd used white corn tortillas--I used yellow and they fell apart. Overall this meal was too time-consuming for the end result.

Deliciousness's Review

June 23, 2012

purpleroses898's Review

May 11, 2012

Hannah1230's Review

May 06, 2012
We loved this! The salsa was delicious. I will use the leftovers just on a regular salad. We made some guacamole to go along with it. Overall, we really enjoyed it and will definitely add to our rotation!

amandags's Review

May 01, 2012
One of our new favorites! I used 2 lbs of beef, tripled the rub (only doubled the chile powder). The flavor and spice blend tasted amazing. We did not care for the salsa and will not make it again. My 13yr old daughter said we should make this more often.

KellyDiff's Review

April 16, 2012
I enjoyed these, but they were quite a lot of work/quite time consuming for tacos! Most of the time was spent pan-charring the veggies, which I had to do in 2 rounds. As suggested, to have rarer steak, I kept it whole when marinating only sliced it after I pan grilled - definitely the way to go I think.