Calle Tacos (Street Tacos)

Andy Anderson !


I’ve eaten street tacos in Southern California, New Mexico, and in Mexico; the one thing that I’ve discovered is that there is no such thing as a “traditional” street taco. Each vendor will add his or her own “special” touches to the dish, and make it their own personal culinary creation.

There are, however, a few things that characterize a good street taco: they are all about the meat (not the toppings), and they are usually served on a freshly made flour tortilla… Sorry Taco Bell.

Serve it up with an excellent margarita, and I’m in heaven.


★★★★★ 1 vote

4 (two tacos each)
18 Hr
20 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 lb
    flank steak
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 4 Tbsp
    fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 medium
    lime, just the juice
  • 1 tsp
    salt, kosher variety
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • ·
    cotija cheese (or other cheese of your choice), optional
  • ·
    pica de gallo, or salsa (optional)

How to Make Calle Tacos (Street Tacos)


  1. Gather your ingredients
  2. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl or large ziplock bag.
  3. Add the flank steak, coat completely, and then place in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. Chef's Tip: Marinades need time to work their magic. While you're sleeping the ingredients are getting acquainted.
  5. Chef's Note: I'm using flank steak, but street tacos can be fish, chicken, pork, shrimp.. and you are still using the same marinade. However, if you're using seafood, then only marinate for 1 hour.
  6. Remove the steak from the marinade.
  7. Place a pan over high heat.
  8. Add oil to the pan.
  9. Place the flank steak into the pan.
  10. Cook 5 to 7 minutes on one side, and then repeat for the second side.
  11. Remove to a cutting board, and allow it to rest for 6 to 8 minutes.
  12. Slice into thin strips, across the grain.
  13. Roughly chop the strips into bite sized pieces.
  14. Add the meat to a freshly made (warm) flour tortilla.
  15. Add a bit of pica de gallo, or salsa, and a bit of cheese. Enjoy.
  16. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Calle Tacos (Street Tacos)

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Dietary Needs: Low Sodium, Soy Free

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