Chipotle Steak Tacos

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Tacos are a staple at my house for three main reasons. One: they can be a complete meal all on their own. Meat, veggies, grains…they’re all-inclusive! Two: They can be a simple weeknight meal (if you don’t go too crazy with ingredients). Three: my man could eat them every day of his life. Seriously! The word “tacos” is part of his Instagram handle. Not that I couldn’t eat tacos every day of my life. Tacos are pretty great! But I like a good salad every once in a while.

This recipe for steak tacos is somewhere between the super simple and the need-some-extra-time-for-extra-flavor. One could season the beef and throw it on the grill right away, but the depth of flavor comes with time. The smokiness of Chipotle Marinade adds a little zest to grilled steak tacos.

The steak is so good right off the grill I could eat it all by itself. I use the utmost self-control to wait until I can build a sufficient taco—only because I know the combination of bell peppers, green chile black beans, avocado, and grilled tortillas take it to the next level.

chipotle steak tacos topped with cilantro and lime

the process

Make the chipotle marinade and pour over steaks in a plastic sealable bag or glass container. Cover or seal tightly and place in the fridge while you work on the next steps. I like to let the steak marinate for at least 30 minutes before grilling to get the flavor benefits from the marinade. 

If you want to plan/prep ahead, the steaks can marinate for up to 8 hours. I often start the steak marinating in the morning and then they’re ready to go when I get home from work. This shaves some time off your dinner-making process, for sure! At the moment, I haven’t marinated the steak longer than 8 hours. So, marinate longer at your own risk.

sirloin tip steak in chipotle marinade

While the steaks are marinating, wash and slice the bell peppers in 1/4-inch slices. Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is sizzling hot, add the peppers and stir/toss — cover and cook for 5-6 minutes. After 5-6 minutes, turn the heat to low and stir every once in a while.

fresh sliced bell peppers for steak tacos

While peppers are cooking, place black beans and green chiles in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cover the beans and cook for about 5-6 minutes before turning the heat to low. Stir every few minutes to keep from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Black beans in a saucepan with fire roasted green chiles and ground cumin

As the beans and peppers cook, heat the grill for cooking steak. If you don’t have a grill, you can use a skillet following the same steps. While the grill heats, slice the avocado and chop the cilantro to garnish. You can also slice some limes to serve on the side.

Once the grill is about 350-400 degrees F, remove the steaks from the marinade. It’s a good idea to let some of the marinade drip off the steaks before placing on the grill. This prevents flare-ups from oil hitting the flames.

Chipotle marinated steak on the grill

Grill the steaks about 2 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the meat and doneness you prefer. I like steaks medium-rare, so I try not to let thin steaks cook more than 2 minutes on each side with the grill at 350-400 degrees F. I know it doesn’t sound like much time, but even 15-30 seconds can make the difference from Medium-Rare to Medium. Once the steaks reach the desired doneness, remove from heat and cover in aluminum foil. Let rest for 5 minutes before cutting into 1/2-inch strips.

Grilled tortillas add to the smoky flavor that’s so great about this meal. Not to mention, it looks extra fancy to have grill marks on the taco shell. If you don’t want to mess with it, you can heat them in the microwave, but grilling is super simple, and the grill is already hot.

Grilled tortillas wrapped in a kitchen towel with steak

Throw the tortillas on the grill while the steaks are resting. It only takes about 15-20 seconds on each side to heat the tortillas and get some of those pretty grill marks. Place in aluminum foil or a tortilla warmer until you’re ready to build the tacos.

Now, build those tacos, baby!

Chipotle steak tacos topped with avocado and cilantro with slices of lime on the side

Layer the green chile black beans, cooked bell peppers, steak, avocado slices, and cilantro inside each of the grilled tortillas and finish with a squeeze of lime.

Bon Appétit!  

Grilled steak tacos with green chile black beans and grilled tortillas

Chipotle Steak Tacos with Green Chile Black Beans

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

The chipotle marinade enhances the flavor of the grilled steak, which pairs well with sauteed bell peppers and green chile black beans. Top with sliced avocado and cilantro and finish with a squeeze of lime.


Grilled Chipotle Steak

  • 1 recipe of Chipotle Marinade
  • 1.5 lbs Sirloin Tip Steak 

Green Chile Black Beans

  • 15 oz can Black Beans
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/3 cup fire-roasted green chiles (more or less depending on how much green chile flavor you prefer)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Cumin

Sauteed Bell Peppers

  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 Bell Peppers


  • 12 Tortillas
  • 2 Avocados
  • 1/2 Cup Cilantro
  • 3 Limes


  1. Make the chipotle marinade.
  2. Place steak in a plastic seal top bag or glass container and pour marinade over top. Make sure steak is completely covered in marinade.
  3. Refrigerate steak for at least 15 minutes (feel free to prep early and let steak marinade for up to 8 hours).
  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Cut bell peppers into 1/4-inch strips. Add peppers to hot oil and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes is up, reduce to low heat and cover to keep warm.
  6. While peppers are cooking, drain and rinse beans and place in a small saucepan with water, cumin, and green chiles. Cook beans on medium heat for 6-7 minutes before reducing to medium-low heat. Cover to keep warm.
  7. Heat grill to 400 degrees F.
  8. Give cilantro a rough chop and slice avocado(s) and lime(s).
  9. Grill steak to desired doneness. For a thin steak, it only takes about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side to cook medium-rare. Remove from heat, cover with foil and let rest for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Heat tortillas on the grill for about 15-20 seconds each side. Place in a tortilla warmer or kitchen towels to keep warm.
  11. Slice steak into 1/4-inch strips.
  12. Layer green chile black beans, bell peppers, steak, avocado, and cilantro inside each of the grilled tortillas and finish with a squeeze of lime.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2 tacos
Amount Per Serving: Trans Fat: 0g

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