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How to Make Quick and Healthy Steak Tacos

Updated on March 13, 2014
Make a quick 30 min meal of healthy steak tacos.
Make a quick 30 min meal of healthy steak tacos.
5 stars from 2 ratings of Steak Tacos
The finished product of this recipe. Quick, healthy steak tacos.
The finished product of this recipe. Quick, healthy steak tacos.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 18 tacos

Tacos are a great way to sneak healthy whole grains, vegetables, and lean meat into your families diet. Plus, tacos are extremely cheap and convenient. They can be as complicated or simple as you want (or as your ingredients in your kitchen). Tacos are extremely versatile, and work as a pretty decent refrigerator Velcro for any vegetables, meats or seasoning that you need to use.

Steak tacos aren't necessarily as healthy as chicken tacos or fajitas, but if you choose a lean cut of meat then they aren't that bad either.

I found the original recipe that I then modified here.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 3 tacos
Calories 573
Calories from Fat171
% Daily Value *
Fat 19 g29%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Carbohydrates 40 g13%
Sugar 5 g
Fiber 7 g28%
Protein 60 g120%
Cholesterol 136 mg45%
Sodium 363 mg15%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

How healthy are these tacos?

Pros

  • Calories are on track for a standard adult meal
  • Low in sugar
  • High in phosphorus
  • High in selenium
  • High in vitamin B12
  • High in vitamin C (91% of DV)
  • provides 35% of daily needed Iron

Cons

  • toppings can quickly make these tacos calorie, fat, and sodium heavy

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Ingredients

  • Whole grain flour or corn tortillas
  • 1-2 lbs of a thin lean cut of beef
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1-2 bell peppers
  • olive oil
  • seasonings: salt, pepper, chili (I use Tony's Creole Seasoning)
  • 2 jalapenos (optional)

For garnishing tacos: (Choose any number of these)

  • sour cream
  • tomatoes
  • avocados
  • cilantro
  • shredded cheese
  • limes

Instructions

1. First prep all the ingredients. Slice the bell peppers and onions into strips, prepare (remove the seeds and membranes) and slice the jalapenos, and mince the garlic. Then slice your meat into strips. If your steak was very thick then make sure to flatten it with a meat tenderizer. You want thin strips to cook quickly.

2. Heat the pan on medium-high/high heat with some oil in the pan. Once hot add half of the garlic and as much meat as you can fit in a single layer in the pan without causing the pan to loose heat.

Cook the meat in small batches, making sure to season each batch and not overcook the meat.
Cook the meat in small batches, making sure to season each batch and not overcook the meat.

3. Cook the meat on high, searing quickly until cook through but not overcooked. Since the meat is thin it won't take long to cook. Work in batches, and season each batch accordingly. I just heavily dust the meat with Tony's seasoning. Once the meat is done, transfer it to drain on a plate with a paper towel while you cook the next batch. Add more oil as you need, but remember that this isn't frying, the oil is just to help it cook and keep it from burning to the bottom of the pan.

Cook the bell pepper, onion, and garlic in a pan picking up the bits that the meat left in the pan.
Cook the bell pepper, onion, and garlic in a pan picking up the bits that the meat left in the pan.

4. Once all the meat is finished and out of the pan, add the remaining garlic, bell peppers, onion and jalapenos to the same pan the meat cooked in. You may need to add a small amount (1 tablespoon) of oil. Lower the heat and let the vegetables cook until soft, while you warm your tortillas.

To cook corn tortillas, simply place over a clean gas burner and cook until charred in a few places. It may sound crazy, but it works.
To cook corn tortillas, simply place over a clean gas burner and cook until charred in a few places. It may sound crazy, but it works.

5. There are a few options for warming your tortillas: microwave, frying, and warming over direct flame. For flour tortillas I prefer to fry in a small amount of olive oil in a hot pan, and for corn tortillas I clean a burner on my stove and cook the tortilla over the direct flame until slightly charred around the edges. To microwave simply wrap the tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave in 10 second increments until warm. Obviously warming them in the microwave or on the burner are healthier methods than frying the tortillas, keep this in mind if your watching you calories or have someone in your house on a heart healthy diet.

6. Assemble the tacos. Put meat on the tortilla and top with whatever veggies that you have handy. Be careful when topping with sour cream, cheese or any other rich substance as that will quickly add sodium, fat, and calories.

Try New Recipes

Make sure to always try new recipes, it's impossible to know how good a dish is until you eat it, and even more impossible to know how easy it is to make unless you make it yourself.

Having a few good healthy cookbooks on hand is always beneficial, even if you don't cook everyday.

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    • hrymel profile imageAUTHOR

      Haley 

      3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Hey David, I promise they are tacos! Lol, I don't usually fold my tacos until I'm actually eating them, especially if I've crisped up flour tortillas on the stove.

    • David Trujillo profile image

      David Trujillo Uribe 

      3 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      Yummy! now I got to go get lunch.

      The first ones do not look like taco´s, but mine do not close either, I put too much in them. I´ll make a mental note to come back here to check the recipe and steps

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      Candy 

      3 years ago

      I can't hear aniyhtng over the sound of how awesome this article is.

    • hrymel profile imageAUTHOR

      Haley 

      4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      @Bryan_W_Cole Oh, most definitely. The great part is, this recipe actually takes less time than the standard ground beef recipe.

    • Bryan W Cole profile image

      Bryan Cole 

      5 years ago from California

      I think tacos and steak were destined to go together. Sweet recipe.

    • hrymel profile imageAUTHOR

      Haley 

      5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      @nerdmama7 I am always in the mood for Mexican ;)

    • nerdmama7 profile image

      Nerd Mama 

      5 years ago from USA

      Looks like we were both in the mood for Mexican food tonight! Awesome recipe. Up and tagged!

    • hrymel profile imageAUTHOR

      Haley 

      5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      @Brett.Tesol Thanks, I really appreciate your support, and tacos were one of the foods that I looked forward to eating as a child, even with all the veggies.

      @anuramkumar You can make a vegan filling with beans and mushrooms that make it a little heartier than with just the standard veggies. A quick refried bean mixture is always good on tacos.

      @Hezekiah, not a problem. I enjoy sharing my favorite recipes.

      @vibesites thanks so much, and I'm glad that I could help you find another option for a quick, healthy meal.

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      vibesites 

      5 years ago from United States

      Nice! I'm generally a healthy eater so I'm gonna try that one. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Up and useful, shared and a following. :)

    • Hezekiah profile image

      Hezekiah 

      5 years ago from Japan

      Looks like a very good recipe thanks.

    • anuramkumar profile image

      anuramkumar 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      I don't eat non-veg, therefore I think I'll use the veggie portion of it and try this recipe at home. Voted up.

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett Caulton 

      5 years ago from Asia

      I love these, one of my favorite light foods! And, great for getting kids to eat something healthy. Nicely formatted and written hub too!

      Shared with followers, Pinterest, tweeted, up and useful.

    • hrymel profile imageAUTHOR

      Haley 

      5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      PeachPurple, the best thing about tacos is that they're a food that is not set in stone. They are versatile, and work well with most things, because they change region to region depending on what people have.

      They're extremely easy to make. Enjoy, and let me know how they turn out.

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      peachy 

      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I haven't had the chance to eat tacos yet. Gonna find the tacos and try out your recipe. Looks easy and delicious to make. Voted up

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