Chile Rub Steak Tacos with Summery Mango Salsa

When I think of summer days, I think of colors: yellows, oranges, and reds. Summer is my absolute favorite season, and with that comes kitchen experimenting! No one likes cooking in a hot kitchen, so my idea of summer meals revolve around light, colorful, fresh ingredients that require minimum cooping up around the stove.

These steak tacos that I tried out recently fit my definition of yummy, flavorful summer food. I paired chile rubbed steak with some guacamole and fresh mango salsa- because, who doesn’t love mangos?

I love pairing sweet flavors with spicy, salty ones, just like in these tacos. Most definitely for me, the mango salsa was the star here. Sweet, juicy mangoes were chopped and added to some diced red onion and finely sliced jalopenos. The salsa made the steak taste amazing.

Of course, you might not like sweet paired with savory (like my hubby), so feel free to just pair the steak with fresh guacamole and some baby greens. Read below for the recipe!

Chile Rub Steak Tacos

Chile Rub Steak Tacos


  • Ingredients 
  • 1 lb skirt steak, cut into 1/4" strips
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp chile powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • juice of half lemon


  1. Marinate the skirt steak pieces in the spices for an hour or so.
  2. Heat up a skillet on medium high heat.
  3. Drizzle some oil, add the steak in an even layer on the skillet.
  4. Cook for 2-3 min, or until the redness of the meat has turned brown. Be careful not to overcook the steak, as it will turn rubbery or chewy if overcooked.

Mango Salsa

1 large ripe mango, peeled and cubed
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1/2 jalopeno, seeds removed and finely chopped
Handful of freshly chopped cilantro
Juice of half lemon

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, letting the flavors marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Please let me know if you decide to try this out, and let me know the results! Happy summer cooking!



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