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Kalbi Beef Tacos with Citrus Slaw
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5 from 2 votes

Kalbi Beef Tacos + Citrus Slaw

These Kalbi Beef Tacos are inspired by Korean cuisine with a delicious kalbi marinade and pickled red onions topped with citrus slaw!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Dish, Tacos
Cuisine: American, Asian-Inspired
Servings: 12 tacos
Calories: 163kcal


Citrus Slaw

  • 1 bag coleslaw mix
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Kalbi beef marinade

  • 1 lb sirloin steaks
  • 2 tbsp 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
  • 1 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. You can also saute this amount of time in a skillet over medium-high heat. Grill corn tortillas for about 1 min per side, longer if you want the taco shells to be crispy. Alternatively, you can heat them for a few seconds in the microwave
  • Add steak, coleslaw, pickled red onion, jalapenos, cilantro and sesame seeds to each taco. Serve and enjoy!


Nutritional info is for 1 taco.
Use lettuce wraps instead of corn tortillas for a low-carb option.
You can freeze the raw steak in the marinade ahead of time for 3-4 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight then cook as normal.
Store the beef and toppings separately in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat the beef on the grill, oven or in the microwave then assemble your tacos fresh.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 523mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg