(2017) Grilled Steak Tacos with Spicy Slaw

Recipe Author: Conne Ward Cameron

This is adapted from a recipe in Fine Cooking magazine.


1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder 2 teaspoons granulated sugar, divided Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1-1/4 pound flank steak Your bunch of green onions 1 to 2 medium jalapeños, stemmed 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 3 cups thinly sliced green cabbage 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice; more as needed 8 corn tortillas 1/2 cup sour cream Lime wedges for serving


Prepare a medium (375°F) gas or charcoal grill fire.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the ancho powder with 1 teaspoon sugar, 2 teaspoons salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Pat the steak dry, sprinkle the ancho mixture on both sides, and let sit at room temperature while the grill heats.

Set the onions and jalapeños on a large plate and sprinkle with 1 tablespoons oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

In a large bowl, toss the cabbage with the lime juice, the remaining 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the remaining tablespoon oil and toss again.

Put the steak, onions, and jalapeños on the grill. Grill the steak, flipping once, until cooked to your liking, 5 to 6 minutes for medium rare (130°F to 135°F). Grill the vegetables, flipping once, until grill marks appear and they’re just tender, 4 to 6 minutes for the jalapeños and about 8 minutes for the onion. (Move the onions to a cooler part of the grill or lower the heat if they start to burn.) Transfer the steak and vegetables to a cutting board; let the steak rest for 5 minutes.

Chop the onions and finely chop the jalapeños, add to the cabbage mixture, and toss well. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and lime juice.

Spread 4 tortillas on the grill and heat, flipping once, until warm and softened, about 1 minute. Stack the warmed tortillas in a kitchen towel; repeat with the remaining tortillas.

Thinly slice the steak and put a few slices on each of the warm tortillas. Top with the slaw and a dollop of sour cream. Serve with the lime wedges.