Grilled Steak and Egg Tacos

Three steak and egg tacos topped with cheese and cilantro.

Egg Tacos with Grilled Steak are the ultimate weekend luxury breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This spin on steak and eggs pairs grilled steak with a perfectly fried egg in a taco. Served with a zesty Aji Verde.

Disclosure: This post is made possible by Egg Farmers of Alberta. All opinions and experiences are my own.

Let’s hear it for eggs! We love this perfect protein here on the blog (and on our table) and have many great egg recipes to share with you. Check out these Zesty Nacho Deviled Eggs for a fun spin on a classic appetizer, or how about these fun Ham and Egg Hashbrown Cups for your next brunch date?

Close image of a steak taco topped with sunnyside up fried egg garnished with cheese and cilantro.

Grilled Steak and Egg Tacos

Steak and eggs are a classic combination for a reason. They are the perfect combination of proteins. Add them both to tacos, pour an amazing sauce over it all, and they are irresistible!

There are many ways to eat egg tacos, but I love perfectly grilled steak with the addition of eggs fried sunny side up. Poke those happy yellow yolks and just let them flow…

Then, there’s the grilled steak. Who can resist a perfectly grilled Ribeye steak? These are very basic carne asada style tacos, simply seasoned with salt which allows the natural flavour of the steak to shine through.

More on the Aji Verde or Green Sauce later. Suffice it to say, it’s worth the effort!

Put an Egg On It.

Besides the delicious ‘instant sauce’ the yolks provide, eggs supply all 9 essential amino acids and are considered to be a complete protein. These proteins are important in building and maintaining multiple body systems. 

There’s more good news about incorporating eggs into your diet. Eggs are low in calories, but are packed with important vitamins and minerals such as: Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E,  Vitamin B12, Folate, Selenium, Lutein and Zeaxanthin.

A white ceramic egg carton holding six brown eggs.

I’ve made a habit of buying the ‘Omega-3’ enriched eggs, too. These are the eggs produced when laying hens are fed flaxseed. Since flaxseed is a great source of plant based Omega-3’s, this boosts the nutritional value of their eggs.

I’m all for adding more vitamins, protein, and heart healthy Omega-3’s into my diet when I can. 

Ingredients photo featuring brown eggs, raw ribeye steak, avocado, cilantro, red cabbage, grated cheese, lime, and sauces.

Ingredients for the Steak and Egg Tacos

  • Steak
  • Eggs
  • Tortillas
  • Pickled Red Cabbage
  • Cotija Cheese
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Aji Sauce

The Best Steak to Use in Tacos

The BEST steak is the one YOU love, grilled how YOU like it. Tacos are pretty low pressure and you can grill up anything from a top sirloin to flank steak or skirt steak. For maximum flavour, it’s good idea to marinate leaner cuts of meat.

I love a nice thick (1 1/2 inch) ribeye steak with perfect marbling. It grills up beautifully with only salt as a seasoning. Feel free to chose your favourite steak cut for these tacos.

A perfectly grilled ribeye steak.

How to Cook Eggs for Egg Tacos

In this recipe, the eggs are fried sunny side up in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. The yolks remain super saucy and yes, it’s messy. Tacos are meant to be messy!

I realize that not everyone loves a runny yolk. Feel free to flip the eggs over easy or cook them to a more manageable medium.

Scrambled eggs are great on tacos too. You could get all creative and scramble them with even MORE cheese or cilantro.

A tray of cooked sliced steak and taco trimmings.

Tortillas…Flour vs. Corn

The kind of tortilla you use is entirely up to you. Flour tortillas are not as traditional, nor are they as healthy as a corn tortilla. However they are usually larger in size and hold up better under saucy conditions.

Corn tortillas have fewer calories and fat content while being higher in fiber. They also tend to fall apart much easier under heavier fillings and sauces.

WHAT IS COTIJA CHEESE?
COTIJA CHEESE IS A SLIGHTLY CRUMBLY AND SALTY COW'S MILK CHEESE
A steak taco topped with sunny side up fried egg, grated cheese, and cilantro.

These breakfast tacos have a lot of heavier, saucier fillings which require a sturdy tortilla. Flour is the best choice in this case.

Pro tip: Chose your tortilla and warm it up on a grill or in a pan. Heating a tortilla brings out the natural flavours and softens it so that it doesn’t crack or break.

What is Aji Verde (Green Sauce)?

There are many variations of Green Sauce from all over the world. There’s Chimichurri from Argentina, Chermoula from Morocco, Mexican Salsa Verde, Italian Pesto, Green Chutney from India, and Zhoug from the Yemen. We are focusing on the zesty and creamy Aji Verde from Peru.

If you’ve ever been to a Peruvian restaurant and ordered the rotisserie chicken, you will know how amazing this sauce is.

Traditionally Aji Verde is a mayonnaise based sauce blended with grated cotija cheese, lime juice, garlic, salt, and two unique ingredients: the Aji Amarillo Pepper and Huacatay.

A steak taco topped with sunny side up fried egg with runny yolk.

Those of you who like a little spice will find the Aji Amarillo paste to your liking. It’s made using Aji Amarilla peppers which grow in South America but are more easily found as a paste in North America.

Fancy yourself a cilantro hater? Peruvian Black Mint Paste is a tasty substitute. Otherwise known as ‘Huacatay’ this herb from the marigold family is what makes the Aji Verde so addictive.

If you can’t source the two pastes, fresh jalapenos and cilantro also make a great substitute. This version is widely known in Texas as ‘That Green Sauce’.

A tin platter of steak and egg tacos.

How to Quick Pickle Red Cabbage

Quick pickling is a great way to introduce an acidic note to any dish. Since this taco is packed with rich protein, the pickled red cabbage adds a welcome brightness.

Best of all quick pickling is very easy…and quick! Mix up the simple brine (vinegar, salt, sugar) and add any flavouring you like (whole coriander, cumin seed, black pepper, etc).

Next, slice up the cabbage (or any veggie) and place it in the brine for at least an hour and up to two days. Drain before using in a dish.

How to Cook the Steak

Everyone has their favourite way to cook steak. I prefer to let the steak come to room temperature and season it just before grilling. Salt on steak is magic so don’t be afraid to really cover the steak surface well.

Preheat the barbecue to high, preferably as high as it will go. Ideally you want to hear that sizzle as you set the steaks on the hot grill. The meat will caramelize, maybe even slightly char and that is okay.

The kind of steak you have chosen dictates how it should be cooked. For a ribeye (and most well marbled steaks) it is best enjoyed at medium rare but you do you. Check out this handy chart for cooking times…

A chart showing steak cooking times and doneness level.
For 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch-thick boneless rib-eye or New York strip steaks (about 12 ounces)

Putting it All Together

The cabbage is pickled, the sauce is made, and the steak is resting. In order to finish the tacos, we need to heat the tortillas, fry the eggs, and gather the extra toppings! Great taco toppings include (but are not limited to):

  • sliced avocado or guacamole
  • pico de gallo
  • fresh lime juice
  • hot sauce
  • sour cream
  • grated cheese
  • sautéed mushrooms
  • sautéed onions and peppers
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • lime chili seasoning salt

Build the taco starting with a warm tortilla. Slice or mash the avocado and spread it on the tortilla then scatter some pickled red cabbage. Place three or four strips of grilled steak on top of the cabbage, then place the egg on top of the steak.

Finish the taco by scattering the cotija cheese, chopped cilantro, and drizzling the Aji Verde sauce over it all.

Green sauce being poured over a steak and egg taco.

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

If you have leftover steak…lucky you! It’s even simpler to make a second batch of Steak and Egg Tacos. Just pan fry the steak strips and fry a few eggs in the same pan.

The steak will store well in the fridge for 2-3 days, however I do not recommend keeping the eggs as leftovers.

A steak taco topped with sunny side up fried egg, grated cheese, cilantro, and green sauce.

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Yield: 4 servings

Grilled Steak and Egg Tacos

A steak taco topped with sunny side up fried egg, grated cheese, and cilantro.

Egg Tacos with Grilled Steak are the ultimate weekend luxury breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This spin on steak and eggs pairs grilled steak with a perfectly fried egg in a taco. Served with a delicious Aji Verde.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • rib eye steak; well marbled 
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups red cabbage; 
  • 1/2  cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 8 tortillas (corn or wheat)
  • avocado (for serving)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro; chopped (for serving)
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese*; grated for serving

FOR THE AJI GREEN SAUCE

  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup grated cotija cheese
  • 1 tbsp black mint paste
  • 1 tsp aji amarillo pepper paste
  •  lime; juiced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp miced garlic
  • 1/4 cup cilantro; chopped (optional)

Instructions

    1. MAKE THE QUICK PICKLED CABBAGE: Mix the vinegars, sugar, and salt together in a small bowl. Add the thinly shredded cabbage and allow to sit for an hour (or more).
    2. Remove the steak from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature.
    3. MAKE THE AJI GREEN SAUCE: Add sour cream, mayonnaise, cotija cheese, lime juice, aji amarillo paste, black mint paste, salt, garlic, and 1/4 cup cilantro (if using) to a blender and blitz it up. Taste and adjust if necessary.
    4. GRILL THE STEAK: Preheat the barbecue to HIGH. Brush steak with oil and season both sides liberally with salt. Grill steak until golden brown and slightly charred (4-5 minutes) then flip and grill another 3-5 minutes (see steak chart).
    5. Rest the steak (loosely covered with foil) for 5 minutes.
    6. While the steak is resting, fry the eggs in a bit of butter and olive oil. Heat pan on med-high and carefully crack the eggs into the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and cook eggs until the edges become 'lacy' but the yolk is still bright yellow and runny (or a bit longer for medium eggs, if preferred).
    7. Heat the tortillas in a frying pan until they soften and change colour.
    8. Serve tacos with pickled cabbage, chopped cilantro, extra cotija cheese, and Aji Green Sauce.

Notes

*use feta as a replacement for cotija cheese

**sub 1/2 to 1 jalapeno (seeded or not) and 1/4 cup cilantro for the Aji Amarillo and Black Mint Paste.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 941Total Fat: 56gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 450mgSodium: 2330mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 8gSugar: 8gProtein: 36g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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32 comments

  1. Jenn

    I’m seeing this first thing in the morning and I really wish I had these ingredients! This looks AMAZING!!!!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      It’s a great way to start the day!

      Reply

  2. Deborah Brooks

    We love all things eggs over here for breakfast and dinner! The hubs would love it if steak came along too. I am loving the sound of that verde sauce!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      We loved these for dinner…and enjoyed the leftover sauce on several different dishes later on!

      Reply

  3. Raquel

    This looks like a wonderful breakfast idea!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Breakfast, lunch and dinner!!

      Reply

  4. Liz Berg

    I’m going to grill an extra steak just to make these tacos!! What a yummy weekend breakfast!!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      That is a GREAT idea! Steak leftovers work well in this recipe.

      Reply

  5. Gloria

    We LOVE tacos….and these sound delicious. I would eat these are any meal of the day. In fact, I am putting them on the brunch menu for the weekend.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      yes! We actually enjoyed them as dinner.

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  6. HEATHER PERINE

    I feel like you took all my favorite things and turned it into my favorite meal – tacos! Going to try this recipe this week for dinner 🙂

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Right? All of the favourite things!

      Reply

  7. Adriana

    I grew up eating steak and eggs and flour tortillas so this is totally my kind of food!

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  8. Marta

    These were a great change of pace from our traditional Sunday breakfast of pancakes. We especially loved the pickled cabbage!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Glad to hear. I find it adds a nice acidic note to cut through the proteins.

      Reply

  9. Elaine

    You won’t believe it but I made similar egg tacos over the weekend, and they were amazing! Can’t wait to try your recipe now because it certainly looks fabulous!

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  10. FOODHEAL

    For the protein, it is a perfect breakfast. I am going to send this to a friend who’s always looking for proteins throughout the day… This should be quite filling.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      It is. We each had 2 for dinner but I think for breakfast one would have done just fine.

      Reply

  11. Chef Dennis

    These Grilled Steak and Egg Tacos are perfect for our Saturday meal! This looks really scrumptious!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Dennis, I hope you really enjoy them.

      Reply

  12. Paige

    We eat alot of tacos at my house and this recipe is going on my list…really looks great

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      YUM! lucky you, I love tacos and can never get enough.

      Reply

  13. Kathryn

    I’m all about breakfast so will be trying this recipe soon. These would also be perfect as breakfast for dinner!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Awesome! I really hope you love the tacos Kathryn.

      Reply

  14. Ramona

    This recipe looks super delicious and you can never go wrong with steak! it’s interesting how you combined it with tacos and I am willing to try this out soon. Thank you for sharing this recipe, I cant wait to make this!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I agree. Steak is pretty difficult to refuse in any form.

      Reply

  15. Veronika Sykorova

    Omg these look amazing! I love converting regular dinners to breakfast meals. I’m surprised I’ve never tried adding eggs to my tacos considering how obsessed I am with them haha! We have some leftover steak from last night in the fridge, I can’t wait to make this tomorrow!

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  16. Heidy

    After reading your fantastic blog post and the recipe ingredients listed, I am putting this on my MUST make immediately list. The Grilled Steak and Egg Tacos recipe sounds fantastic and seems like it will go over exceptionally well with the hubby and children. Have a great week!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Heidy, I am so glad to hear this. Hope they enjoy!

      Reply

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