Goodbye fun weekend stuff.

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Goodbye two bottles of wine. Goodbye truffle fries. Goodbye accidental on purpose three hour afternoon nap. Goodbye entire bag of pita chips I ate at 4PM yesterday. Goodbye massive burger on buttery buns. Goodbye dumb movie marathons. Goodbye SPIKED MARSHMALLOW FLUFF MILKSHAKE.

Uhhhh OMG.

But no fear, I’ll see you in five days.

Maybe two, since I possess no self control. You can probably find me on the couch.

Thai Beef Tacos I

Helllllo Monday.

You’re cute. Sometimes.

I’ll allow you to be delicious.

Thai Beef Tacos I

And seriously… this is one of the most delicious dinners we’ve had since… well… I made the last delicious dinner we had.

Thai Beef Tacos I

Growing up, we ate tacos every single week, but anything other than ground beef was considered sacrilegious in our non-cultured culinary bubble. These days I still make tacos at least once every two seven days, but the beef rarely makes an appearance. I’m all about the chicken or shrimp. Or just the guac and the cheese. Or um… just the margaritas. Specifically the salt.

Oh and the tequila.

Now? I’m all about the steak. Alllll about it. My husband just died when I said that. It’s like he put on Kate Beckinsale-ified goggles when looking at me.


The icing on the cake here is the crushed peanuts. They bring an extra pop of flavor that I just want to eat with a spoon. Chomp chomp. I could NOT get enough. I had two for lunch. Then two for a snack. Then at like 10PM, two more for a… snack? Worth it.

Thai Beef Tacos I

Thai Beef Tacos

[thai beef adapted from williams sonoma thai beef salad]

serves 2-4

1 1/2 pounds flank steak

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper


3/4 cup light (canned) coconut milk

1 tablespoon sesame oil

4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed

2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

2 tablespoons brown sugar

3 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro

1/3 cup sweet chili sauce

quick mango salsa

1/2 mango, chopped

1 shallot, diced

1 jalapeno, diced

2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro

a sprinkle each of sugar, salt & pepper


1 teaspoon canola oil

8-10 corn tortillas

1/2 cup sweet chili sauce

1/4 cup peanuts, chopped

green leaf or romaine + fresh cilantro for topping

Sprinkle flank steak with salt and pepper. Combine coconut milk, sesame oil, chili sauce, garlic, ginger, sugar and cilantro in a bowl and whisk. Add flank steak to a ziplock bag or a shallow baking dish and pour marinade overtop. Refrigerate and let sit for 6-24 hours.

When ready to prepare, remove steak from fridge and let sit for 20-30 minutes. In a bowl, combine mango, shallot, jalapeno, salt, sugar and pepper, mix thoroughly, then set aside. Heat a large oven-safe skillet (like cast iron) over high heat. At the same time, preheat the broiler in your oven. (You can also grill the steak if you wish.) Using a pastry brush, brush oil onto the skillet so there is only a very thin layer. Remove steak from marinade with kitchen tongs, placing in the skillet. Sear on both sides for 2-3 minutes. Remove skillet and place is the oven directly under the broiler. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook for 3-4 minutes more. This resulted in medium-medium well meat for us, but is totally dependent on the thickness of your steak and your desired doneness. Our steak was about an inch thick.

Remove skillet from over, and place steak on a cutting board to rest for 15-20 minutes. At this time, assemble your tortillas (warm them if desired), salsa, extra chili sauce for drizzling and cilantro. After the steak has rested, slice it into thin strips. Assemble tacos as desired and eat!

Note: with 2 side dishes, this meal should serve about 4 people, however with no side dishes, and just the tacos, 2 of us devoured it completely.

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SO GOOD. Make this your dinner.

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145 Responses to “Thai Beef Tacos.”

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    Heather (The Menu Mama) — August 8, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    I made these last week and they were amazing! I blogged about them and linked back to you, thanks so much for the great recipe!


  2. #
    nicole — October 24, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    I’m obsessed with these. I didn’t think mango salsa would be something I’d eat on beef but I tried it and DAMN girl. So. Good.


  3. #
    Amanda — February 15, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    Is there a printable version?


  4. #
    Caroline Taylor — May 18, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    I love this idea. It would really cheer up my week to have this for dinner!


  5. #
    Amanda — May 19, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

    I just made these for my husband and I and they were amazing!! I couldn’t find flank steak at my grocery store so I bought flat iron steak. I marinated them for 24 hours, and followed the recipe exactly. There was such an amazing mix of flavors with the mango salsa and the saltiness of the chopped peanuts. Thanks for this awesome recipe!!


  6. #
    Krista — September 1, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

    These are divine! Thanks for the great recipe!


  7. #
    Laura — February 16, 2014 @ 12:16 am

    Color me thoroughly intrigued. And I love mango salsa on anything. Pinning.


  8. #
    cass — March 24, 2014 @ 7:11 pm

    i only had enough time to marinade for about 2-3 hrs, so i thinly sliced the flank steak before marinading and then sauteed it. it came out delicious, but next time i’d try it as a whole steak as directed, only because there is so much marinade it started to boil rather than brown (i had to laddle out marinade into a bowl so it could brown). another option would be to just halve the marinade or keep half to the side to add after the beef is browned. anyways, loved the recipe! thanks :)


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    Megan — August 17, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    We make these every couple of weeks because they are so amazing! My kids love them – they’re 4 and 7 – and they ask for them ALL THE TIME. I’m told it makes great leftovers. It’d be nice to try…but we never have leftovers, no matter how much I make!!!

    Thanks for sharing such a great and healthy recipe!


  10. #
    Jessie — September 25, 2014 @ 2:19 pm

    Hi! I am trying these this weekend! What are some good side items you reccomend these bad boys with?


  11. #
    Ericka — August 30, 2015 @ 12:26 pm

    This as such a hot to read… I laughed throughout the article… And this looks so great i have to try it!



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