Chimichurri-marinated Steak Tacos

These protein-packed, savory tacos will satisfy your craving for red meat.

Recipe: How to Make Chimichurri-Marinated Steak Tacos
Courtesy of Tequila Cazadores

Before you toss this steak on the grill and cook it to crispy, juicy perfection, marinate it in a bright and tangy chimichurri sauce overnight. Top with a few quick-to-make pickled red onions, fresh cilantro, and crumbled cotija cheese for an impressively tasty—not to mention protein-rich—taco dinner.

Recipe by Aarón Sánchez, courtesy of Tequila Cazadores.

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Prep time

30 min.

Cook time

45 min.

  • ¾ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp, plus 1 Tbsp dried Mexican oregano, divided
  • 1 ¼ tsp dried red pepper flakes, divided
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves, chopped, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup lightly packed parsley leaves, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12-16 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup crumbled cotija cheese

To make the pickled onions, combine the red wine vinegar, water, sugar, cloves, bay leaf, salt, black pepper, ½ teaspoon dried oregano, and ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then add the red onion slices. Let the mixture come back to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook until the onions soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Cover, and set aside to cool completely, or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

When you’re ready to cook the steak, strain out the onions from the vinegar mixture and reserve ½ cup of their juice. Combine it with the olive oil, cilantro, parsley, garlic, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, and 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes. In a ziplock bag or large bowl, toss it well with the steak. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes, or covered in the refrigerator overnight.

Turn your grill to medium-high heat, and cook the steak for 2 to 3 minutes per side, flipping only once (the steak should pull cleanly from the grill grates when ready to flip). Remove from the heat, and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing thinly against the grain.

Set each tortilla directly over a burner (or directly on the grill) on medium-high heat, and toast for 1 or 2 minutes per side, until lightly charred. Fill them with steak, and garnish with cotija cheese, some of the pickled onions, and cilantro.