Grilled Flank Steak Tacos are an easy and delicious way to celebrate warm summer nights on the back porch!
We don’t eat steak all that often around our house. I remember as a young kid, my parents would have steaks along with baked potatoes every Friday night. For us, our weekend comfort food is homemade pizza…especially during football season. Saturday night pizza and college football is the best! But in the warmer months, you can usually find us outside by the grill when it comes to dinner time. (Plus, baseball is way too boring to watch on tv. I’d much rather be outside!)
My in-laws came in town a few weeks ago, and we stopped by the store to grab some food. They were staying for a week, and we didn’t have much in the fridge. As I walked by the meat department, my eyes landed on flank steak. We used to use flank steak for fajitas, but it always came out tough. So we eventually just shifted over to veggies and chicken for our fajitas.
But I decided to go out on a limb and grab some flank steak. I’ve had delicious flank steak before, so I figured we had to just be doing something wrong. Sure enough. I was right that we were wrong. (Haha!) Turns out the problem came from marinating the flank steak overnight. Flank steak shouldn’t be marinating more than 1-2 hours. 8+ hours > 1-2 hours. And our flank steak for those fajitas was definitely tough as a result.
But hey, a side bonus of marinating flank steak for just 1-2 hours is that it requires less planning to make dinner. I grabbed a nice large steak with the goal of making flank steak tacos for dinner. And it totally worked! I went with cilantro + lime as the primary flavors, and more importantly I only marinated that flank steak for ~45 minutes. And it was more of a paste than a marinade. Guess what? That steak wasn’t tough at all. In fact, these Grilled Flank Steak Tacos were quite tasty! So tasty that the father-in-law went back for seconds.
As I’ve noted before, anything can be turned into tacos. Anything. We always keep the basic taco ingredients (tortillas, sour cream, onions, etc.) around the house, so it’s no surprise that our leftovers often get transformed into tacos when we need to mix up our dinners a bit. But in this case, I actually set out to make tacos. Grilled flank steak tacos. And we will most definitely be making these again…and soon. Especially now that the weather is warm and baseball has taken over the world of sports. Here’s to summer evenings and time spent on the back porch!