Aug 04

Breakfast Steak Tacos

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by The Beef Checkoff and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not much of a morning person, so much so that I’ve cut my get-ready-in-the-morning time to about 5-10 minutes. Having something delicious to look forward to definitely makes it worth it though! (Hello, weekends!)

As a native Californian transplanted into a whole bunch of other states (I’m in Pennsylvania this month), I hold a very firm belief that Mexican food and/or Tex-Mex can be enjoyed and devoured at pretty much any hour of the day.


Um. Yes please.


As an aspiring powerlifter (…who had to take a break from lifting life in general to study for boards), you know I’m all about the protein! <3 Lean meats are my favorite, and lean beef tends to be the only type of beef that I’ll eat.


If you remember Emily‘s guest post on a healthy diet, you’ll recall that getting enough protein per day is vital to:

  • Maintaining/Achieving a healthy weight
  • Supporting healthy metabolism
  • Building muscle
  • Reducing mindless eating by keeping you full
  • Providing you with 25g protein + 10 essential nutrients in a 3 oz. serving!

Try challenging yourself to eat ~20-30g protein (e.g. lean beef!) at each meal!


Breakfast Steak Tacos



  • 1/2 lb tri-tip steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder or 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced/sliced
  • 1 roma tomato, diced/sliced
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, diced
  • 1/2 cup cabbage, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • 6 flour tortillas*
  • pepper jack & cheddar cheese blend (to taste)
  • Tapatío hot sauce (to taste)


  1. Add extra virgin olive oil to a hot skillet.
  2. Season steak with salt, pepper, garlic, and cook until tender (~10 minutes).
  3. Set steak aside and add another 2-3 tsp olive oil into the skillet. Add 2 tortillas to the skillet and heat for ~1.5 minutes, then flip and cook for another 1.5 minutes.
  4. Remove tortillas and repeat with remaining tortillas.
  5. Divide steak evenly between all the tortillas, and top with red onion, tomato, cilantro, cabbage, jalapeno and cheese! Drizzle with hot sauce, if desired.
  6. Serve immediately!

*Note: If you want a sturdier taco, double up the number of tortillas!


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  1. Susie @ SuzLyfe

    You are not allowed to show these to Alex because then he will want them for dinner. Breakfast/dinner whatever.
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    1. Farrah

      hahaha, I’m sorry! But they are indeed awesome for any time of day! <3

  2. rachel @ Athletic Avocado

    These look amazing! I wouldn’t mind eating these for breakfast 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, agreed! 😀 They definitely didn’t last past the first meal after we made em’! 😮

  3. Autumn

    Cant get enough of tacos, especially California tacos. These are making my mouth water, make me some!
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    1. Farrah

      If they were travel-friendly (and if I still had a kitchen 😛 ), I totally would!!

  4. Serena

    Good luck on your boards!!! I’d wake up to these ANY morning. Yum.
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    1. Farrah

      Thank you!! I really hope they went well! These have the potential to turn me into a morning person, hehehe. :]

  5. Jessica H.

    Well don’t these just look AMAZING! I’m all about jazzing up my breakfast routine so I might have to try these soon!
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    1. Farrah

      I hope you like them! 😀

  6. Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    You had me at tacos!! Yum!!
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    1. Farrah

      Tacos are the best! :D!

  7. Linz @ Itz Linz

    i’m a fan of tacos any time of the day!
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    1. Farrah

      Same! I love that they’re so simple to make! 😀 (Aka great for lazy days. <3)

  8. Melanie

    My mouth is watering just looking at those pictures!! I love Tex Mex any time and every day. It’s my favorite!
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    1. Farrah

      It’s definitely one of my favorite “genres” of food as well! :]

  9. Laura

    These look delish! I don’t know if I could do them at breakfast.. but I could definitely have brunch tacos!

    I’m more of a “Avacado, cheese, egg breakfast wrap” kind of girl if I’m doing a tex-mex inspired breakfast. because Tex Mex IS always appropriate!

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    1. Farrah

      Ahhh, that breakfast wrap wound be delicious too! I’m definitely gonna have to try something like that once I get a kitchen again! 😀

      Thanks so much! <3

  10. Liz

    Uhhhh… YUM. these look fab. I <3 tacos and breakfast.. so this is my ideal meal.
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    1. Farrah

      Yay for combining em’ both! :]!

  11. Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    ooooo I want!
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    1. Farrah

      I’d send you some if I could! :O

  12. Deanna Segrave-Daly

    I’m with you – Tex Mex anytime of day! Where are you in Pennsylvania right now (wondering if you are in my neck of the woods – I’m near Philly 🙂

    1. Farrah

      I’m in Williamsport right now! :] I think it’s about 3 hours from Philly. I’ll be in Philly on October 26 to take the 2nd half of my boards licensing exams though! :O

  13. Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    Oh I would love these for breakfast!! Pinning!

    1. Farrah

      Yay! 😀 I hope you like them!

  14. Sonali- The Foodie Physician

    Farrah, these sound amazing! Breakfast tacos…yes, please!! And your photos are gorgeous! Good luck with the contest 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much, Sonali! I definitely need to take all future food pictures outside, hahaha. 😀

  15. Jess @hellotofit

    Mmm these look amazing! I love tacos at all hours of the day.
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    1. Farrah

      Same same! 😀 They’re such a great anytime food! :]

  16. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    My daughter would so LOVE these – she isn’t a morning person either – and lately, tacos have been her fav breakfast, lunch and dinner food!

    1. Farrah

      I hope she likes these! 😀 They motivated me to get up in the morning, hehehe. :D!

  17. Amee Livingston

    This is my kind of way to start the day! Sounds delicious!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much, Amee! :]

  18. Kelly Sloan

    Wow! I love breakfast burritos but these breakfast steak tacos look awesome!

    1. Farrah

      I adore a good breakfast burrito as well–I’m gonna have to make those next! :]

  19. Shauna

    Those look amazing!!! For any meal! 🙂

    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much, Shauna! 😀

  20. Kalee @ The Crowded Table

    We had the same idea with this contest, I guess great minds think alike. 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, indeed they do! <3

  21. DJ

    These look delicious and perfect for game day.

    1. Farrah

      Indeed they are! :D!

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