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Mexican Steak Tacos / Cómo Hacer Tacos de Bistec

mexican best steak tacos recipe

Tacos de Bistec!!  If you have been to Mexico, in any state or city, you have seen the taco stands at night with lights hanging from the roof, and people around it like bees on a honey pot. You can detect the smell from several yards away. If you like steaks, you know what I mean. The grilling and sizzling will follow you and call your name. There’s this unofficial rule that if you see a taco stand that’s overcrowded, then the tacos must be good, it doesn’t matter that you have to eat them standing up, and that in the way someone hold his taco, you can tell if he is a good eater. So lets have some tacos. Also take a look at these salsas: Chile de Arbol, Pico de Gallo and Salsa Verde. And also another way to make tacos here

Ingredients for 4 people
  • 2 pounds thinly sliced Steaks of Rib eye or Sirloin (or Diezmillo at your local Latin Store)
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or lard (Lard is better for an authentic taste)
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 bunch of cilantro finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A good spicy salsa to top the tacos
  • Add salt and pepper to the steaks.
1. On a heavy Skillet at medium high heat add the vegetable oil. Place the steak when the oil is hot and brown the steaks.
tacos3 2. Cook for about 2 minutes and turn. If you are making several steaks, wrap the cooked ones in aluminum foil and keep warm in an oven while you finish cooking the rest of the steaks. Do not over cook.

Sometimes, I cook the meat in this Mexican pan/griddle, the process is the same as above just with some water added, kind of like parboiling the meat. Just like they do in some Taco stands in Mexico. It fits in top of your stove but you can get the same results in a regular skillet. The meat in this picture is thinly sliced steak for sandwiches, big mistake. It was to hard to eat. It's better to use Rib eye. It's an expensive cut but it's worth the price.
3. While the steaks finish cooking, start warming the tortillas in a medium heat skillet and wrap in a kitchen towel.
4. Chop the meat into small pieces and place some of the meat into each warm tortilla. Some taco stands warm their tortillas in the same skillet the meat was cooked to absorb the flavor and some also add more oil to the skillet while warming the tortillas.Top each taco with the chopped onion and cilantro.
A variation of steak tacos are “Tacos Campechanos” that’s how they’re called in Toluca, the capital city of the State of Mexico. You mix chopped steak and chorizo in a taco. After previously cooking the steak, fry some chorizo in the same skillet until well cooked.tacos10

Add the chopped steak to the skillet. Mix and serve in warm tortillas topped with chopped cilantro and onion.

Now you are ready to enjoy a real taco.


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  1. Que delicia Mely! Esto si lo hago super seguido, nomas que doro cebollita (tipo cebolla asada) con la carne... y ¡como necesito el cilantro y el limon para todos mis taquitos!

  2. Hola Silvia,
    Que rico, verdad? Y la salsita que este bien picosita.

  3. MELY, Ya tengo todo para hacer los taquitos de bistec... ahora con tu modalidad con chorizo mm mm Un saludo!

  4. Hola Nora,

    Luego me platicas como te quedaron.


  5. i love authentic tacos !!!!!! Taco bell booooooo!!!!!!:{

  6. Hello Anonymous!

    Glad to know we share the same opinion about Authentic Tacos.
    Thank you for visiting.

  7. I was watching no reservations the other night and he was eating these tacos at a stand in mexico. They looked so good i've spent about an hour looking for a recipe. Thank you so much!! They look amazing and I can't wait to make them!

  8. Hello Anonymous,

    I wish you had left your name,

    Thanks for stopping by. Please let me know if you make them.

  9. I am on my way to the store now to pick up the ingredients, man these better be good or I WILL FIND YOU!!! LOL thanks

  10. Que ricas recetas!!! Gracias por la receta de tinga.. Unas amigas me estaban diciendo que deliciosa es, y yo no sabia que era. Busque y encontre tu blog. Que rica receta. Y apenas la voy a hacer este fin de semana!


  11. Hope these are good - I had these in Mexico and I for got about these until I just saw the Taco Bell comercial. It seems easy enough, even for me

  12. You're recipes are amazing!

    I was born and raised in Mexico and some of these recipes take me back to those days when I used to live there.

    I even forgot about some of the dishes you have here, I know how shameful!

    Your blog is very well written, very informational and the pictures are amazing!

    :) I will be coming back and will attempt to cook every single recipe here haha!

  13. These look delicious, I always enjoy learning a new technique. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I am going to have a plate of these wonderful Tacos de Bistec. They look delicious and I can't wait to try them. Thank you so much for bringing these wonderful Taco's to share with us at Full Plate Thursday. You have a great week end and please come back!

  15. Utilizing your great instruction, now to make steak tacos is a pretty simple job.Thanks a lot

  16. Replies
    1. Hello John,

      Glad to know you like them.


  17. Mely,
    I can't wait to make these for my husband and Dad! Thank you for your blog!! You should make youtube videos.

    1. Hello Angelina,

      You are welcome and enjoy! And I guess, I am camera shy.

  18. Hi Mely I am originally from Belize and reviewing ur recipes bring back so much memories... I can't wait to try them... The only downfall I have now is that I no longer eat pork or use pork products to prepare my food so that certain taste will not be there.

    1. Hello Shonna Gentle,

      There are many recipes that can be made using beef or chicken. I do hope you enjoy cooking the Mexican way!


  19. Oh my goodness I love your in Australia we had some problems getting REAL Mexican products...not any more since a little Chili Mojo shop popped up with all these wonderful goodies, now I've gone a little crazy & working my way thru all your recipes...the tacos were sensational & the kitchen smells sooo good lol....thank you ��

    1. Hello Kezz1812,

      I'm glad to know you can by the ingredients in Australia. Happy cooking!

  20. Hola Mely me encantan tus recetas, son tan autenticas!!! me podrias decir cuanta carne necesito para hacer estos tacos para 50 personas.


    1. Hola AP,

      Considera 1/2 libra por persona, 3 tacos por cada media libra.



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