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Kalbi Beef Tacos with Citrus Slaw
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Kalbi Beef Tacos

These Kalbi Beef Tacos are seasoned with sesame oil for an Asian-inspired flair, then topped with a delicious citrus slaw, pickled red onion and jalapenos!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Tacos
Cuisine: Asian-Inspired
Servings: 12 tacos


Citrus Slaw

  • 1 bag coleslaw mix
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red cabbage
  • 1/4 cup Carrot matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Kalbi beef marinade

  • 2 sirloin steaks
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp adobo sauce (you can get this from a can of chipotle peppers)
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp dried ginger

Taco toppings

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds

Pickled red onion

  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp peppercorns (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, cut in quarters (optional)


  • Mix together marinade for steak in a small bowl. Add marinade and steaks to a large plastic bag and set aside, marinating for at least 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare pickled red onions. Stir sugar, salt, garlic and peppercorns in with vinegar in a medium-sized mason jar. Place thinly sliced red onions in a strainer in the sink. Slowly pour a kettle full of boiling water over onions. Immerse semi-cooked onions in vinegar mixture and let sit for 10-15 min before serving. Onions will last in the fridge for a couple weeks - use them as a condiment for other meals!
  • Make citrus slaw by tossing all ingredients together. Meanwhile, preheat BBQ to med-high heat.
  • Add steak and corn tortillas to grill. BBQ steak for 2-3 min each side for medium-rare, and 4-5 min for well-done. Grill corn tortillas for about 1-2 min per side, longer if you want the taco shells to be crispy.
  • Add steak, coleslaw, pickled red onion, jalapenos, cilantro and sesame seeds to each taco. Serve and enjoy!