Shredded Beef Tacos Using Flank Steak

Updated on January 28, 2018
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Ms. Venegas experiments with Mexican foods under the watchful critiques of her husband. The recipes need to pass a "when I was a kid" test.

Shredded Beef Taco Recipe

Every time I make flank steak shredded beef tacos, my husband says, "This is good." Not very descriptive, but if there is a compliment, that's good. This was a favorite entree his mother would make for a big family meal.

The rice and beans were always included. Add shredded cheese, your favorite salsa, and browned tortillas for big flavors like those you'd find in any Mexican restaurant. For a family of two, there's plenty of leftovers.

Try Grandma Cuca's flank steak shredded beef tacos at home one evening. They are delicious.

Brown and caramelize for big flavor
Brown and caramelize for big flavor

Mexican Shredded Beef Tacos Ingredients List

  • flank steak, the popular flat iron steak or flap steak
  • oil for browning
  • onions
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • Any favorite mix of spices or Mexican Seasoning
  • Or use Cuca's method: rub with 1/2 tsp. ground ginger, sparkle with garlic salt and pepper, and add teriyaki sauce and beef bouillon cube to cooking pan.

Making the Shredded Beef

  1. Start with a flank steak. This one is half of the standard flank steak (it usually is packaged over 2 lbs.) Freeze the rest for another meal.
  2. Cut steak into 2 inch strips across the grain.
  3. Heat up a tablespoon of oil in a pan with a tight cover. Brown as much as you can without burning. Cover to get moisture leaching and lots of browning on the frying pan. Caramelizing the flank steak adds flavor.

Add Onion Etc.

  1. After browning, add about 1/2 cup water, sliced onions and garlic cloves to your liking. Stir it up to disperse the brown sauce by scraping loose the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. You may add your spices now.
  2. Cover tightly and turn down heat to simmer for 40 minutes. Do not let it dry out during this process. Add a little water if needed to keep the bottom of the pan slightly moist.

After Steak is Tender

  1. Test the beef after 40 minutes to see if it is tender to your liking. Simmer more if it is not.
  2. Now it is time to shred the strips using two forks on a cutting board.
  3. Return to pan and mix into the onion and garlic crushing the vegetables as you mix it.
  4. Add salt, pepper and other spices if needed.
  5. The spices could be something different each time for variety and new flavors.

The Whole Mexican StyleTaco Meal

Brown corn or medium flour tortillas and fill with beans, beef, rice, cheese, and salsa. Serve more beans and rice as side dishes.


  • You can use large tortillas and make shredded beef burritos.
  • If there are leftovers for the next day, roll the beef in corn tortillas and fry crisp in oil for taquitos and guacamole.
  • Have a cerveza and twist of lime.

Quick and Easy

Making this meal is easy because there is no need for a cookbook or recipe. The routine is easy and everyone can eat when they want. Just heat the plate in the microwave when assembled.

Mexican Style Shredded Beef

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Shredded Beef Tacos
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Questions & Answers

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        peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

        can i add mayonnaise on the tacos before i add in the meat? voted up

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        KayeSI 5 years ago

        Sounds like a great dinner. Shredded beef tacos are my favorite too. I add

        Shredded lettuce or cabbage as well. Tasty and it's healthy for

        My baby boomer metabolism ;) Thanks for a fun visit.

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        LampsPest 6 years ago

        Now you done made me hungry! Well I guess I can start my diet tomorrow ... again

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        Just made these with sirloin (what I had in the house!) rather than the flank steak, sliced rather than shredded, and they still turned out wonderfully! Thanks for sharing your techniques! A delicious recipe!

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        cheech1981 6 years ago

        those look awesome. i'd accompany them with fried green plantain chips and guacamole. :)

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        CCGAL 6 years ago

        We love home made pico de gallo, and of course we love to have sour cream and guacamole with our tacos no matter what meat is inside them. I have done other forms of shredded beef for tacos, but I'm thinking I'll give your recipe a try - sounds so delicious!

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        bcarter 6 years ago

        I definitely think I'm going to have to try this sometime. The hubby and I are always running out of ideas for meals around the house.

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        SmBizGuru LM 7 years ago

        What about green or red bell peppers? Add just a little sweetness...or what about savory mushrooms; not very Mexican but I like mushrooms!

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        Kylyssa Shay 7 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

        Yum! I will have to give this a try. I like my shredded beef tacos with lots of fresh cilantro.

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        Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

        My daughter is reading over my shoulder and said "Oh my gosh, that looks soooo good. Can we make that? Please, Please, Please?" So it looks like I need to get to the shops for some meat! thanks for this. We are looking forward to our Mexican fiesta!

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        Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

        [in reply to kab] Hi Kab,

        Yes, you are correct. A good tomato salsa would to be tops.

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        kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

        They look great, but I think I'd shove some tomato in there somewhere - that's just how I roll.