Santa Monica Street Tacos


This is a great recipe for authentic Mexican Santa Monica Street Tacos. These are made with steak and are served on soft corn tortillas.  Perfect for any Cinco de Mayo Celebrations!  

This is a great recipe for authentic Mexican Santa Monica Street Tacos. These are made with steak and are served on soft corn tortillas.  Perfect for any Cinco de Mayo Celebrations!

I get really excited about good food.  I just can’t help myself.  I was super excited about making/eating/sharing these Santa Monica Street Tacos because, as far as I’m concerned, tacos should be one of the major food groups.  Honestly, is there a more perfect food?  I don’t think so.  I could eat tacos every day and be totally happy.  I look forward to the summer weather to officially hit us and be here to stay when I can eat my dinners outside on my patio with an ice-cold lemonade and chow down on taco after taco.

Recipe for authentic Mexican Santa Monica Street Tacos made with beef and corn tortillas.  Perfect Cinco de Mayo or Taco night!

I made these Santa Monica Street Tacos about 2.5 seconds after finding them on a blog called Creme de la Crumb.  Not really in 2.5 seconds, but you know what I’m saying.  Normally I go crazy with changing up recipes to my liking and thinking of ways to tweak ingredients to make the overall taste better (according to me) in the end, but this one I didn’t do much to at all – it was practically perfect!  I cut down a bit on the sweetness of the Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette and was glad I did so because it was sweet enough – and so good!  The vinagrette complimented all of the flavors of the taco ingredients very well.

Hint: Corn tortillas for these are a MUST in order for these to be authentic (and taste a million times better)!  I feel you need to taste these tacos. For your own good, that is.  Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Santa Monica Street Tacos
Recipe type: dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 6 tacos
This is a great recipe for authentic Mexican Santa Monica Street Tacos. These are made with steak and are served on soft corn tortillas. Perfect for any Cinco de Mayo Celebrations!
  • 6 six-inch white corn tortillas
  • 1 pound skirt or flank steak, trimmed of fat and sliced into thin strips
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
  • Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette:
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • juice of 2 limes
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Season sliced steak with salt, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder.
  2. Add steak to pan and sauté until cooked through (about 8-10 minutes).
  3. Add garlic in with the steak and sauté 1-2 minutes longer until garlic is fragrant but watch so it doesn't burn. Remove from heat and dice steak or leave it in strips.
  4. Whisk together all ingredients for vinaigrette.
  5. Add mixture to a blender and pulse for about 1 minute or until smooth. Add ¼-1/3 cup steak to each tortilla (microwave the tortillas for 30-45 seconds wrapped in a damp paper towel, or according to package instructions,so they will be easier handle, more flexible and softer).
  6. Top steak with cabbage, onions, and chopped cilantro. Drizzle with vinaigrette.
  7. Serve immediately so the corn tortillas don't get too soggy. Have a side of guacamole and chips on the side. Enjoy!

 Recipe source:  slightly adapted from

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20 Responses to “Santa Monica Street Tacos”

  1. May 4, 2015 at 7:47 AM #

    Looks incredible! Totally will be making this soon.

  2. May 4, 2015 at 9:08 AM #

    Oh man, this looks amazing! I’d probably eat 10 of these in one sitting! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  3. May 4, 2015 at 10:40 AM #

    I remember the tacos my daughter and I ate in Santa Monica and San Diego – they were so amazing – but I wouldn’t have even attempted to recreate them – so thanks for this recipe Ashley!

  4. May 4, 2015 at 12:02 PM #

    Taco’s should be a food group, my family loves them! I’ll be making these for sure, they look delicious!

  5. May 4, 2015 at 12:24 PM #

    Love a good taco, love corn tortillas . This looks finger-licking good!

  6. May 4, 2015 at 3:57 PM #

    Oh goodness me these look delicious! Tacos all day every day!! 🙂

  7. May 4, 2015 at 4:25 PM #

    Ashley – these remind me of a trip to Cali – ahhh -how I miss that place. These look delicious – perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

  8. May 4, 2015 at 4:31 PM #

    First off, these are so pretty! I love the purple cabbage! I’d eat these up so fast 🙂

  9. May 4, 2015 at 4:48 PM #

    These tacos look fresh and fantastic! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

  10. May 4, 2015 at 11:05 PM #

    I’m in love with tacos of all types, and these too look amazing. I have plenty of room in my recipe box for more taco recipes – and this looks like a great addition! And I love the colors – such pretty food!

  11. May 5, 2015 at 8:57 AM #

    I was recently in Santa Monica but sadly didn’t have any street tacos. Well, now I can make them myself thanks to your wonderful recipe. They look delicious!

  12. May 5, 2015 at 11:48 AM #

    I am the same way about good food! These tacos would be perfect to munch on while sitting on our back patio, beer in hand.

  13. May 5, 2015 at 1:03 PM #

    I was thinking about having Tacos tonight and these might just fit the bill!

  14. May 5, 2015 at 3:48 PM #

    I am a taco addict as well! Love the sound of that vinaigrette! Major yum! I make all kinds of tacos – ground beef, steak, salmon, shrimp. Sometimes I’d be good with just the toppings. I always make my own corn tortillas too.

  15. May 5, 2015 at 9:05 PM #

    Wait. Tacos AREN’T a food group? I beg to differ. 😉 These sound AHmazing!

  16. May 6, 2015 at 2:24 AM #

    I am a total taco addict. These look absolutely delicious. I could eat a million of these. And likely will. xx

  17. May 6, 2015 at 12:15 PM #

    I think that I’m going to make these street tacos about 2.5 seconds after leaving this comment. Wow!

  18. May 6, 2015 at 4:50 PM #

    I was just in LA and this totally takes me back there! yum!

  19. May 8, 2015 at 11:19 AM #

    I’m a sucker for tacos of any type, but I especially love ones like these that are packed full of bright, fresh flavor.


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