Adobo Beef Tacos with Pickled Red Onions

Create these mouth-watering grilled beef steak tacos for your next fiesta, topped with queso fresco, homemade pickled red onions and fresh cilantro.

Adobo Beef Tacos with Pickled Red Onions


  • 2 beef Flat Iron Steaks (about 8 ounces each)
  • 8 small corn tortillas (6 to 7-inch diameter), warmed
  • 1 cup crumbled queso fresco - Queso fresco is a white, slightly salty fresh Mexican cheese with a moist, crumbly texture. An equal amount of shredded Monterey Jack cheese may be substituted for queso fresco.
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika - Regular sweet or hot paprika may be substituted for smoked paprika , but there will be no smoky flavor.
  • 2 teaspoons adobo seasoning - Adobo seasoning is a spice blend used in Latin American cooking and usually contains garlic, onion, black pepper, salt, oregano, cumin and ground red pepper. If unavailable, 1 teaspoon seasoned salt, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed, may be substituted.
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chili powder - One tablespoon chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce or chili powder may be substituted for ground chipotle pepper, but there will be no smoky flavor.

40 Minutes

8 Servings

212kcal Calories

16g Protein


  1. Combine Pickled Red Onions ingredients in medium bowl; stir well. Cover and refrigerate while preparing beef.
  2. Combine seasoning ingredients in small bowl; press evenly onto beef steaks. Cover and refrigerate 15 minutes to 2 hours.
  3. Place steaks on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 10 to 14 minutes for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning ocasionally.
  4. Meanwhile, drain pickled onions well. Carve steaks into thin strips. Top tortillas evenly with steak, queso fresco and pickled onions. Sprinkle with cilantro, as desired.


Serv Size Calories Total Fat Cholesterol Total Carbs Protein
8 212kcal 9g 45mg 17g 16g

* The % Daily Value tells you how much of a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. 4g Saturated Fat; 3g Monounsaturated Fat; Carbohydrates; 2g Fiber; 2.1mg Niacin; 0.3mg Vitamin B6; 2.6mcg Vitamin B12; 1.8mg Iron; 17.8mcg Selenium; Zinc; Choline;

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