Blackened Steak Tacos

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Blackened Steak Tacos are made with tender, juicy steak coated in the most delicious spices. Add all your favorite toppings for the best twist on steak tacos. These delicious and easy-to-make tacos are the perfect main course for any barbecue or family dinner.

351 CALORIES42g CARBS19g FAT34g PROTEIN
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If you’ve ever lived in or traveled to LA, then you probably know how serious the taco scene is. We have some of the best Mexican cuisine in the country, so it’s safe to say tacos are a big deal here.

When I’m trying to save a little dough or cut back on calories and fat, I love making my own homemade versions of the steak tacos I fall in love with around the city. These Blackened Steak Tacos are a shining example of the kind of influence LA dining has had on my cooking.

This delectable recipe combines two things I absolutely love, blackened steak and tacos. Blackening a steak is a quick and easy way to sear it and seal in the juices for super tender meat on the inside and a flavorful, crispy crust on the outside. It’s mouthwateringly tasty and makes for the perfect way to upgrade your tacos.

When paired with creamy Mexican cheese, bright herbs, spicy jalapenos, and the salsa of your choice (I’m partial to my Pineapple Serrano Salsa), these Blackened Steak Tacos are out of this world. The combination of sweet, spicy, and savory flavors come together in the best way, for incredible flavor in every bite.

Whether you’re looking for taco night recipes or healthy dinner recipes for your next barbecue, this delicious dish guarantees to be a show-stopper.

Serve up these tacos on their own or alongside tasty side dishes like quick refried beans, creamy Mexican coleslaw, or blackened corn. Don’t forget to save the leftovers to make a steak taco salad for lunch the next day, you will thank me later!

Steak tacos with blackening seasoning served in flour tortillas with pineapple salsa.

Key Ingredients

To make these vibrant and flavorful tacos, you will need the following key ingredients:

  • Beef tenderloin: You can use any cut of steak you prefer, but I like to use a leaner cut like beef tenderloin.
  • Blackening seasoning: This flavorful combination of herbs and spices is used to coat the steak and achieve a blackened appearance.
  • Butter: The blackening process wouldn’t be complete without a fat source to help develop the delicious, crispy crust on the outside of the steak. Feel free to use butter, ghee, or any type of oil that holds up well against high heat.
  • Tortillas: I prefer to use flour tortillas, but you can use corn tortillas if needed for a gluten-free option.
  • Taco toppings: My toppings of choice for this dish include cheese, fresh cilantro, sliced jalapenos, and my Pineapple Serrano Salsa or pico de gallo. Feel free to change it up and add any taco toppings you like.

How Do You Blacken Meat?

When it comes to blackening meat or fish, there are 3 key components: Blackening seasoning, fat, and high heat. First, you need to coat the meat with a good source of fat like butter. This will help the herbs and spices stick to the meat and will also help to create a flavorful, crispy crust.

Next, you dredge the meat in the Blackening seasoning, which you can find at any grocery store or make at home. Finally, you sear the meat on a piping hot pan until it’s blackened to perfection.

This cooking method seals in the natural juices, keeping the inside nice and tender while the outside is crispy and delicious. It’s quick, easy, and yields amazing results!

What to Serve With Blackened Steak Tacos

While these steak tacos are insanely good as a stand-alone dish, they also pair really well with a ton of other healthy Mexican-inspired dishes. Not sure what to pair with your tacos? Here are some of my favorite side dishes to serve with tacos:

  • For a flavorful sauce to drizzle over top, you can’t go wrong with this Greek yogurt-based Southwestern Dressing.
  • Looking for the perfect salsa to pair with your tacos? This Pineapple Serrano Salsa offers a delicious combination of sweet and spicy flavors. This Mango Salsa is another good option.
  • If you’re in need of a healthy and tasty side dish that pairs wonderfully with tacos, try this Cilantro Lime Quinoa.
  • For a protein-packed dish that you can serve on the side or use as a taco topping, try out these Slow Cooker Charro Beans.
  • This vibrant and delicious Mexican Chopped Salad is made with honey lime dressing and makes for the perfect salad to pair with your tacos.

Tacos with blacked steak, pineapple salsa, jalapenos, and cilantro served in flour tortillas.

How to Store Leftover Tacos

When storing tacos, it’s important to separately store your tortillas and each of your toppings in airtight bags or containers. The blackened steak can be stored in the fridge for up to 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Once you’ve opened your flour tortillas, I recommend sealing them up in an airtight storage bag and storing them in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.

If you make homemade salsa for your tacos, you can store it in the fridge for up to a week.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about homemade steak tacos:

Tacos are the perfect dish to let your creativity shine, because they pair well with a wide variety of different foods. Some of my favorite toppings for tacos include fresh salsa, Mexican cheese, corn, jalapenos, fresh herbs, avocado or guacamole, and slaw.

While the exact recipe for blackening seasoning can vary, it’s usually made of the following ingredients: Salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, thyme, oregano, and basil. You can find this spice blend at most grocery stores or make your own from scratch if desired.

Absolutely! You can make blackened tacos with chicken, shrimp, or fish like mahi mahi or salmon 

Blackened beef tacos with seared steak, salsa, cilantro, jalapenos, and red onions in three tortillas.
The Recipe
Blackened steak tacos with seared steak served on flour tortillas with pineapple salsa, cilantro, and jalapenos.

Blackened Steak Tacos

PREP TIME: 5 Min
COOK TIME: 20 Min
TOTAL TIME: 25 Min
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    Ingredients

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    • 1 lb lean beef tenderloin (or other tender steak)
    • 1 tsp lime zest
    • 1 tbsp butter (or ghee or olive oil)
    • 2 tsp grapeseed oil (or olive or vegetable)
    • 8 small flour tortillas (small)
    • 1 cup salsa (pineapple salsa below)
    • 1/4 cup cilantro

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    Instructions

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    1

    Preheat the oven to 375*. Let the steak come to room temp. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, rub butter over both sides of the steak. Generously rub steak with seasoning. If needed, cut the steak into chunks so it will fit in the pan.

    Steak covered in blackening seasoning on a cutting boad.
    2

    Add the grapeseed oil to the skillet. Substitute olive oil if no grapeseed oil is available, I like to use grapeseed oil for its high smoke point. Just make sure to have the exhaust fan on high. Place steak into the cast iron skillet and cook for 2 minutes per side. Turn off the heat.

    Steak being blackened in a cast iron skillet.
    3

    Place cast iron into the oven for 5 minutes for rare, 6 minutes for medium rare, or 7 minutes for medium. Check temp with a meat thermometer, Steak will rise 5 degrees as it rests. (Remove at 120* for rare, 130* for medium rare, and 140* for medium). Remove from the oven and place on a cutting board. Let rest for 5 minutes. Slice steak into strips.

    Sliced blackened steak on a cutting board.
    4

    While the steak rests, warm the tortillas and prep any taco toppings.

    Slcied blackened steak with flour tortillas, cheese, and jalapenos for tacos.
    Nutritional Facts
    Serving Size: 2 tacos
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 351
    Calories from Fat 80
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 19g
    18%
    Saturated Fat 5g
    16%
    Monounsaturated Fat 4g
    0%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
    0%
    Cholesterol 82mg
    27%
    Sodium 1186mg
    52%
    Total Carbohydrate 42g
    1%
    Dietary Fiber 4g
    5%
    Sugars 5g
    Protein 34g

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

    The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

    Notes

    Blackening seasoning: 3 tbsp. smoked paprika, 2 tsp. onion powder, 2 tsp. garlic powder, 2 tsp. kosher salt,1 tsp. dried oregano, 1 tsp. black pepper, 1/2 tsp. chili powder

    Pineapple salsa: 1 pineapple (grilled for extra flavor), 2 serrano peppers, seeded and diced (or jalapeno for less heat, more it less to taste), 1 red bell pepper, diced, 1 small red onion, 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, 1 lime, juice, 1 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

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    Sarah G
    September 28, 2022 - 13:04
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    Yum! This spice rub was amazing and loved the pairing with the pineapple salsa.
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