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Change up your taco Tuesdays by grilling up pork steak tacos with an easy chipotle rub.

slate platter of sliced pork steak and three tacos with purple cabbage

Pork doesn’t get enough action in the taco game. Occasionally, you’ll see a carnitas or pork belly taco on the menu, but these meats take a while to prepare.

For a quick pork filling, use pork steaks. Unlike pork chops, pork steaks are cut from the pork shoulder. Usually the shoulder needs to cook slow and low, but when it’s sliced thin like a steak, it grills up fast.

And because it’s a fattier piece of meat, it will be nice a juicy. I like to think of it as the ribeye of the pig.

This recipe includes a quick chipotle rub made with chipotle chile pepper and other standard spices. I like to rub one side of the meat and let it sweat for about 15 minutes before flipping it and rubbing the other side.

For more intense flavor, you can let the rub rest on the meat even longer in the refrigerator.

two pork steaks on a grill with char marks

After about 15 minutes on the grill, let the meat rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Pull together all of your toppings. Some of my favorites include salsa verde, guacamole, purple cabbage and white onions. Serve them alongside a smoked margarita or smoked mojito.

slate platter of sliced pork steak and tacos with purple cabbage

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Grilled Pork Steak Tacos with Chipotle Rub

Change up your taco Tuesdays by grilling up pork steak tacos with an easy chipotle rub.
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chipotle chile pepper powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 pork steaks


  • Heat the grill to medium-high.
  • Combine all of the seasonings in a small bowl. Rub onto one side of the pork steaks and let rest 15 minutes. Flip. Rub the other side and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Grill for 15 minutes, flipping once. Let rest for 10 minutes. Slice.
  • Serve with tortillas and your favorite taco toppings, such as guacamole, onions, cabbage and hot sauce.


Calories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 37gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 675mgPotassium: 665mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 200IUCalcium: 17mgIron: 1.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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