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Healthy Recipe: Southwest Style Steak Tacos

Healthy Lifestyle

Seriously… Who doesn’t love tacos? And did you know they can be good for your diet, too? It’s all in the toppings and selections. Check out these delicious and nutritious southwest style steak tacos you can make at home! 

Servings: 2 tacos
Prep and cook time: 30-40 minutes


  • 2 Flour tortillas
  • 5 oz Top sirloin steak 
  • 1/4 C Shredded red cabbage
  • 1/4 C Shredded green cabbage
  • 1/8 C Chopped cilantro as garnish 


  • 1/4  tsp Chili powder
  • 1/4 clove of Garlic – minced and sautéed
  • 1/16 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/16 tsp Salt
  • Pinch Cayenne pepper

Avocado-Lime Salsa

  • 1/4 C Diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp Diced red onion 
  • 1 Tbsp Lime juice
  • 1/16 C Chopped cilantro 
  • 1/3 of a Ripe diced avocado
  • Pinch of Salt


Mix together garlic, chili powder, cinnamon, salt and cayenne pepper. Rub mixture onto both sides of steak. Grill steak to a medium rare, remove from grill and let rest for 10 min. 

Toss tomato, onion, avocado and cilantro in a bowl. Add lime juice and a pinch of salt.

Warm tortillas on the grill. 

Assemble the tacos by placing steak cut in strips on the warm tortillas. Add cabbage and avocado-lime salsa. Top with cilantro and serve. 

Nutrition Information

(2 taco serving portion)

Proteins: 49g

Carbs: 41g

Fat: 30g

Sugar: 4.2g

Sodium: 685g


Gary Jackson

About the Author:

Chef Gary Jackson began his culinary career as a line cook for a Greenwood, NE, truck stop, but has since worked in Cracker Barrel, Ruby Tuesday and as the Executive Chef for Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, IA. He has also worked as a meat inspector for the Department of Agriculture. He enjoys home remodeling and playing his prized 1978 Les Paul electric guitar, but Chef Gary’s true passion is cooking.

You can enjoy Chef Gary's creations at Methodist Hospital Café 8303. 

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