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Quick and Easy Steak Tacos

The best steak for tacos? In this recipe, it's chuck steak. The inexpensive, well-marbled cut makes for the perfect hearty filling for street-style steak tacos. All it takes is a simple marinade and a quick sear on a smoking-hot grill before you’re ready to fill your tortillas to the brim.



2 lbs thin-cut chuck steaks
1 cup Head Country All-Purpose Marinade
3 limes, juiced
¼ C. cilantro, chopped
Corn tortillas
Red onion
Sweet peppers

Cooking Instructions

"Nothing calls my name like the street vendors you find in bustling markets and street corners on travels. It’s hard for me to pass up the wafting smells of seared beef, citrus, and spice that rise from the griddle or grill surfaces. With fresh tortillas and a spritz of fresh lime juice, some of the best meals I have had have been right on the side of the road with great company.

With a little inspiration from a new-to-me cut at the market and a craving for those immersive food memories, I decided it was time to make steak tacos as good as those I had experienced abroad. Or at least, good enough until I could get back to the adventuring. These did not disappoint, actually, they got better with every bite and the “cheap” cut was the perfect choice for recreating the salty, spicy, citrus flavors I was craving." —Kita, Girl Carnivore

Start by making the marinade. In a large resealable bag, mix the Head Country All-Purpose Marinade with the lime juice. Add the beef and cilantro. If the steaks are long, cut them into manageable portions before placing them in the marinade. Seal the bag and, using your hands, move everything around to evenly coat the chuck steaks. Place in the fridge for at least 6 hours to marinate.

When it's time to grill, preheat for direct heat, around 400-450 degrees F. Remove the beef from the marinade, discard the marinade, and place the beef directly on the grill. The liquid from the marinade will cause flareups that should quickly subside; use long grilling tongs and caution.

Grill the chuck steaks, rotating and maneuvering as needed to evenly cook all of the portions. Grill to desired doneness. (I recommend grill past that oh-so-desirable rare, to allow the fat to render—there is a lot of fat connecting chuck steaks, so these steaks need a little longer to cook.) Remove the steaks from the grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

Chop the steaks into thin strips and spritz with fresh lime juice.

Set up a taco bar with toasted corn tortillas and all of your desired toppings. Invite everyone to build their own tacos. Enjoy!