Soft & Crispy Steak Tacos

Since I just shared a fabulous cheese dip, I thought I’d also share another steak taco!  Ever since I honeymooned in Mexico (almost 6 years ago!!) I have been in love with steak tacos.

I love this steak taco because it has the speed of a ground beef taco and is made stove top, but has all the wonderful flavor and heat of a marinated steak taco.  Even my four year old enjoyed these tacos (well the steak part, at least!)

Even better, these tacos have the best of both worlds: soft AND hard taco shells, glued together with a generous amount of refried beans.  Best ever!

Recipe Notes:
*These tacos were quite spicy.  If you want to tone down the heat, I suggest using half the amount of jalapeno or omitting it completely.
*These tacos would be equally delicious using soft or hard tacos, instead of both.

Soft & Crispy Steak Tacos
Adapted from Eat Cake for Dinner

½ tsp olive oil
½ lb steak (I used New York Strip)
¼ onion (about 3 tbsp), finely chopped
½ jalapeno, seeds & ribs removed, finely chopped
4 oz tomato sauce
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp chipotle chili powder
1 tbsp lime juice
Salt & pepper
4 flour tortillas, 6 inch taco size
4 hard shell tacos
Refried beans, heated
Shredded lettuce or spinach
Shredded cheese

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.  Season the steak with salt and pepper.  Add the steak to the hot skillet and sear on both sides, about 2 minutes per side.  Remove the steak from the pan and set aside.  Allow the steak to rest for about 5 minutes, then chop it into small chunks or slices.

Turn the heat to medium low and add the diced jalapenos and onions.  Cook for about 5 minutes or until tender.

Add the chopped steak, tomato sauce, garlic powder, chili powder, and lime juice.  Stir until the ingredients are combined.  Cook for 5-10 minutes or until the sauce had thickened and the steak is cooked to desired doneness.

Meanwhile, prepare the taco shells.  Spread about 2 tablespoons of refried beans over the surface of each flour tortilla.  Place a hard shell in the center of each flour tortilla and fold the flour tortilla around it, using the refried beans to make it stick.

Fill the inside of the hard shell with the taco meat.  Top with shredded lettuce, salsa, and cheese.

Serves 2


  1. Oh my god this sounds like the best taco ever!! I'm always stuck decided between the hard or soft shell, yours has both! I love it! Must try!

  2. decadent! this recipe would rule taco night at any home!

  3. My experience with steak tacos has been at taco Bell lol, so I love the idea of being able to make REAL and FRESH one at home ;-D These look wonderful. Buzzed!

  4. Oh yum! :) I love steak tacos, and look at all the gorgeous fresh ingredients.

  5. A soft AND crispy taco is something I have never thought to make on my own. You have just inspired me! This looks wonderful!

    We are coming up on our 6th anniversary, too! :)

  6. We are having tacos tonight... these ones make me super hungry. Is it dinner time yet?

  7. This taco looks absolutely perfect. I will save your taco recipe right now so that I will not forget to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Those look fantastic - my husband would love these and they'd be perfect for me since I'm always craving tacos :)

    Stopping by from the SRC FB group!


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