Let’s eat tacos and talk summer and feel feelings and stuff.

ginger garlic steak tacos with pineapple pico I howsweeteats.com

Since it’s full swing summer, I’m all in a how-many-things-can-I-shove-in-a-tortilla-and-call-tacos phase. Last week I made some nachos and told Eddie that he could “take the toppings and stuff them in a tortilla.”

Because apparently he doesn’t think nachos suffice. As dinner. Um WHY. Makes no sense.

I am loving right now oh-so much. We’re crossing things off the summer bucket list like whoa and I can’t decide if I feel like I’m seven or seventeen again with the fun we’re having. The only problem is that I’ve kindaaaaa… stopped making dinner? Yeah. I’ve been awful at cooking on the weeknights. It’s been like oh here’s this caprese salad and maybe we can find something else in the fridge orrrr maybe we can just go get tacos. Kind of the latter.

So I made these fantastic steak tacos to say hey I can have fun and cook dinner too.

It sort of worked.

ginger garlic steak tacos with pineapple pico I howsweeteats.com

Oh. And.

I’m really just kind of cheating here because the pico is a salsa which is pico anyway but sometimes called salsa. Make sense? I don’t know. I was bored. I needed to trash something up and not put a 54th fruit salsa recipe on my blog.

Except I did just that with another name.

ginger garlic steak tacos with pineapple pico I howsweeteats.com

Not even sure if I can describe my love for these tacos. The ginger and the garlic steak… just… ugh. Delicious. Placed in some warm tortillas and covered with a generous crumbling of queso fresco and pineapple pico… can we say new favorite thing? The pineapple pico is a rip off or a recipe in Seriously Delish but it happens to be one of my favorites and something I recreate often. The pineapple worked perfectly with the steak and with summer and now I can’t even deal with boring dinners.

Or ones I don’t make. Back on the wagon!

ginger garlic steak tacos with pineapple pico I howsweeteats.com


Ginger Garlic Steak Tacos with Pineapple Pico de Gallo

Yield: serves about 4

Total Time: 2 hours


2 pound flank steak (about 1-inch thick)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger root
10 to 12 (4-inch) tortillas, corn or flour
6 ounces queso fresco cheese, crumbled

pineapple pico
1 cup fresh pineapple cubes, diced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered or diced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
1/2 sweet onion, diced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 lime, juiced
salt and pepper to taste


Season the steak with the salt and pepper. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, garlic and ginger. Place the steak in a ziplock bag or a baking dish and pour the marinade over top. Place the steak in the fridge and marinate for anywhere from 2 to 24 hours, flipping the steak occasionally.

When you're ready to cook the steak, you can either grill it over high heat for about 5 minutes per side, cook it in a skillet over high heat for about 4 to 5 minutes per side, or place it under the broiler (on high) for 4 to 5 minutes per side. Let the steak sit for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing, then cut against the grain and slice thin strips.

To assemble the tacos, serve with warmed tortillas, queso fresco and the pineapple pico.

pineapple pico
Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl and stir. Let sit for 30 minutes or so for the flavor to develop.

ginger garlic steak tacos with pineapple pico I howsweeteats.com

It’s a dream meal.

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57 Responses to “Ginger Garlic Steak Tacos with Pineapple Pico de Gallo.”

  1. #
    Bri | Bites of Bri — July 7, 2014 @ 6:58 am

    I love the tacos you make. I want these for breakfast! And Eddie, nachos can totally be dinner!


    • Jessica — July 7th, 2014 @ 9:56 pm

      right?! they totally can!


  2. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — July 7, 2014 @ 7:00 am

    Nachos aren’t dinner? WHAT?! This is news to me.
    And, these tacos? Gimme them alll! I am in lurveee with the pineapple pico de gallo! Pinned!


  3. #
    Tom @ Raise Your Garden — July 7, 2014 @ 7:04 am

    I just love your ginger garlic spin on taco’s. They look spectacular.

    Summer = Yummy Mexican food to me. Delish! Pineapple pico de gallo, what a surprise! Tasty.


  4. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — July 7, 2014 @ 7:18 am

    These look divine! And for the record, one can never have too much salsa… or pico de gallo. Keep it coming!


  5. #
    Kim in MD — July 7, 2014 @ 7:43 am

    I am seriously drooling over these tacos this morning! I could eat this for breakfast, but sadly I will have to make a grocery store run before I can make this. I can’t wait for dinner tonight!


  6. #
    Ami@NaiveCookCooks — July 7, 2014 @ 8:37 am

    it all sounds and looks so delicious, girl!! and BTW I am waiting so impatiently for your book!!


    • Jessica — July 7th, 2014 @ 9:57 pm

      thank you ami!


  7. #
    Chelsea @ Gal on a Mission — July 7, 2014 @ 8:43 am

    We loved nachos or tacos around here for dinner – yum! Also, I am in love with this pineapple pico de gallo ….yummy! :)


  8. #
    molly yeh — July 7, 2014 @ 8:43 am

    PINEAPPLE PICO DE GALLO?! shut. right. up.

    i’m already obsessed.


  9. #
    Lisa G — July 7, 2014 @ 8:55 am

    Screams summer!! Yuuum


  10. #
    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — July 7, 2014 @ 9:03 am

    Did someone say pineapple pico de gallo? This sounds and looks amazing :)


  11. #
    Amanda — July 7, 2014 @ 9:12 am

    I’m in awe over these. Gotta make these :)


  12. #
    Jim Mandoli — July 7, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    Tacos and nachos, work great for dinner… easy food for the stomach, unless you’re eating until you’re blue in the face… ;)


  13. #
    Angel Reyes — July 7, 2014 @ 10:38 am

    Looks awesome! Two thumbs up!!!


  14. #
    Molly @ Doughvelopment — July 7, 2014 @ 10:40 am

    Love this meal!
    I’ve been working away at my summer bucket list and I haven’t been keeping up with baking or blogging, oops!


  15. #
    Trisha (Stew or a Story) — July 7, 2014 @ 11:08 am

    There’s something about tacos and summer I think…. My hubby and I had them for dinner last night and I’m already craving them again. Trying these!


  16. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 7, 2014 @ 12:21 pm

    That pineapple pico looks awesome and so glad that you’re having so much fun that you’ve stopped making dinners lately. That is a sign of a GREAT summer :) I could live off chips, pico and guac anyway! pinned


  17. #
    Jenni — July 7, 2014 @ 12:56 pm

    Only you can make me crave steak tacos right after finishing my breakfast of yogurt, a banana, and a Larabar. Honestly. Your steak looks like perfection. I’m salivating.


  18. #
    joann — July 7, 2014 @ 2:24 pm

    I just wanted to say thank you for always having such great content. I follow lots of food blogs and I feel like some of them have really gone down in quality as they pick up on popularity and the author starts writing books, etc. Suddenly it’s all about books and giveaways and ads and not about sharing great food. You’re totally opposite and the content continues to be great and interesting. Thank you so much for that!


    • Jessica — July 7th, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

      joann! thank you. you have no idea how much this means to me. i read it before going into a meeting and almost started to cry! my readers are the number one reason that i don’t do sponsored content or giveaways. i would like to do giveaways to show my appreciation but i also don’t want to buy readers. the most important thing to me is that readers come to my site to enjoy the stuff i can put out by being myself. so thank you thank you thank you!!


  19. #
    Rachael | Spache the Spatula — July 7, 2014 @ 2:29 pm


    Sorry about shouting at you, but these look fantastic and I want them, immediately. And pineapple pico? I will eat it with a spoon, thanks.

    (*Umm please note I will probably definitely say the same thing about “Fall food” as soon as the first leaf drops)


    • Jessica — July 7th, 2014 @ 10:01 pm

      ha! as will i…


  20. #
    adrian @ the food gays — July 7, 2014 @ 2:51 pm

    yum, this has july written all over it. i have also been pretty lazy with cooking this past week or so, and need to get back on the horse!


  21. #
    Kara — July 7, 2014 @ 3:06 pm

    All that is missing is an ice cold beer (though that said, this looks so very tasty, beer or no beer). It is Monday, after all…


  22. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — July 7, 2014 @ 7:07 pm

    wish this was my dinner! it looks so wonderful!!


  23. #
    Brittany — July 7, 2014 @ 8:29 pm

    This looks so delicious!



  24. #
    Happy Valley Chow — July 7, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

    Mmm I do love steak tacos and your recipe sounds awesome! Great job :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow


  25. #
    jessicashine — July 8, 2014 @ 12:52 am

    Wow,, Yummy,, Would love to try this one.. Thanks for the

    share.. !!


  26. #
    Millie// addalittle — July 8, 2014 @ 2:17 am

    Ummm.. wow.. can i just smash my face in to this please? kthanksbye


  27. #
    shannon @ lizzy lu — July 8, 2014 @ 3:06 am

    Pineapple Pico!! Omg!! I You had me at Pico, but the pineapple combo puts this over the edge. And just because I can’t get enough, I might add a splash of tequila…!! I know you’re on board :) thanks for the great recipe!


  28. #
    Amanda - A Cookie Named Desire — July 8, 2014 @ 1:28 pm

    Nachos are totally dinner appropriate. Obv. he was just sying that to get you to make more tacos. And I am glad he did because these tacos look amazing! There are so many things right with these tacos it’s WRONG!


  29. #
    Polly @ Tasty Food Project — July 8, 2014 @ 2:45 pm

    I haven’t had steak tacos in so long but this is definitely something I would like! Homemade tacos are the best!


  30. #
    Alexis @ Upside Down Pear — July 8, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

    These look like the best tacos ever! It makes me want to run out to the store and get some flank steak and pineapple!! I love the pineapple pico de gallo and will probably just have that and chips for dinner one night.


  31. #
    Laura @ Me & Mr Jones — July 8, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

    Your summer bucket list looks really great so don’t blame you for not cooking so much however I’m glad you did post this recipe! I love tacos but find the shop bought seasoning is too salty so will be trying your recipe as an alternative!


  32. #
    Mary Frances — July 8, 2014 @ 5:05 pm

    There is nothing better on a summer evening than homemade tacos, and these ones look delicious!


  33. #
    Nathalie C. @ Devoted Foodie — July 8, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

    I’m a sucker for a good taco. I might substitute the steak for a different meat but this is definitely happening before summer is over! I’m getting excited–Yum!


  34. #
    Jim Mandoli — July 9, 2014 @ 3:58 am

    Tacos and nachos work great for dinner; easy food for the stomach, unless you’re eating until you’re blue in the face… ;)


  35. #
    Ari — July 9, 2014 @ 6:11 am

    Just happened to have a flat iron steak and all the marinade ingredients on hand yesterday. This steak turned out DELISH!!! The marinade was sweet, savory and perfect. It will be my go to steak marinade now. Perfect grilling recipe, Jessica!!!!


  36. #
    Karen @ Lushious Eats — July 9, 2014 @ 10:07 am

    I love love love adding pineapple to tacos. These look amazing! Your pictures are so awesome ;)


  37. #
    Larry — July 9, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

    My stomach is currently screaming at me because I will not be shoving these into my face-hole for my lunch today. UGH!!! *stomach jealousy*


  38. #
    Alice — July 12, 2014 @ 8:50 am

    This marinade is absolutely amazing. After marinating overnight, the meat was so incredibly flavorful. It was like teriyaki but better. This was my first time making pico and now I will always make it. Thanks for all of your recipes and the time you put into this blog!!! Your food is delicious and creative but accessible which makes your the best blog I know!


  39. #
    Alexandra — July 27, 2014 @ 7:14 pm

    I made these tonight with one tweak. I forgot worcestershire sauce at the grocery store but everything else was the same. HOLY COW (literally) this flank steak is amazing. Thanks for sharing this great recipe :)


  40. #
    Elora — April 6, 2015 @ 2:19 pm

    Made this tonight, absolutely delicious! The beef’s flavor was to die for! Thank you for this amazing recipe!



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