These Maple Chipotle Flank Steak Tacos topped with a zippy coleslaw and avocado are bursting with flavor! The secret is the Maple Chipotle Marinate. Then all of the goodness is tucked inside warm corn tortillas making them Gluten Free, too!

Maple Chipotle Flank Steak Tacos on a plate with a glass of beer and linen in the background

Why We Love Chipotle Steak Tacos

The super-simple Chipotle Flank Steak Marinade with Maple Syrup not only helps to tenderize the beef, but also adds an irresistible sweet and tangy flavor. Flank steak is a cut of beef that really benefits from a good marinade.

To get these delicious tacos on the table all you have to do is whip up the marinade the day before and let the flank steak sit in all of the yumminess overnight to get the best flavor. Then the next day fire up your grill and cook the steak for a few minutes, then slice and serve. Only 45 minutes of hands-on time from start to finish.

Serve them with this Mexican Coleslaw recipe and some Slow Cooker Pinto Beans for a complete Mexican feast!!

Maple Chipotle Flank Steak Tacos on a suface next to aa glass of beer and avocado slices

Key Ingredients For Healthy Steak Tacos

Chipotle Chilis in Adobo Sauce

These are jalapeños that have been dried and smoked and then put in a tangy tomato sauce with spices. You can find them in the International aisle of your grocery store in small cans usually near the enchilada sauces. They add a sweet, smoky, tangy heat to dishes.

Maple Syrup

The magical flavor of maple syrup is a complex blend of not just sweetness, but slight caramel and vanilla notes. It pairs very well with the smoky tangy heat of the chipotles.

Grass-fed Flank Steak

Grass-fed beef has less total fat and less calories, as much as five times the amount of omega-3 fatty acids and more antioxidants than grain-fed making it a healthier option. Flank steak comes from the abdominal muscle and is generally a less expensive cut that is very flavorful. Make sure to slice it against the grain, which is the direction the muscle fibers run. This cuts those fibers and makes the meat more tender and easier to chew.

Other Ingredients For This Recipe

  • 5 tablespoons cider vinegar, divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 3 cups finely chopped cabbage
  • ½ cup julienne-cut radishes
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 12 corn tortillas, warmed
Maple chipotle marinade being poured into a glass bowl from a glass measuring cup

How To Make Chipotle Flank Steak Marinade with Maple Syrup

Step 1: Mince the chipotles.

Remove 3 chipotle chilis from the can, mince and place in a small bowl.

Step 2: Add the remaining marinade ingredients and whisk.

Add the maple syrup, cider vinegar, and salt to the bowl and whisk to combine.

Step By Step Instructions To Make The Tacos

Step 1: Marinate the flank steak.

Place the flank steak in a large resealable plastic bag, and add the marinade. Re-seal and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.

Step 2: Preheat the grill and cook the steak.

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Remove steak from the marinade and discard any remaining marinade. Oil grill rack and add flank steak and grill the steaks. Let rest 10 minutes.

Step 3: Prepare the slaw.

Whisk the remaining maple syrup, vinegar, and salt and oil in a medium bowl. Add cabbage, radishes and cilantro and toss to combine.

Step 4: Slice the steak and serve.

Slice the flank steak into thin strips, across the grain. Fill tortillas with steak and slaw and top with avocado.

Close up photo of Maple Chipotle Flank Steak Tacos

FAQ’s and Expert Tips

What are other serving options for this marinated flank steak?

This flank steak would be delicious served in quesadillas, enchiladas, lettuce wraps or over a big green salad.

Is skirt steak or flank steak better for tacos?

Flank steak is leaner and has an intense meaty flavor making it perfect for tacos. Skirt steak also has good flavor, but tends to have more muscle fibers and is less tender than flank.

How do you cut steak for tacos?

It is important to cut steak against the grain. The grain is the direction that the muscle fibers run. Cutting across these fibers shortens them and makes the beef slices more tender and easier to chew.

More Recipes To Try

  • Cod Fish Tacos are a great change of pace for Taco Tuesday! 
  • Try making Beef Barbacoa in your Instant pot or slow cooker and use it to make tacos. 
  • If you’re short on time these Ground Chicken Tacos are ready in only 20 minutes! 
  • if you’ve been trying to make more plant-based recipes part of your menu and you’re looking for a Veggie Taco recipe, this is the one to try! 
  • These easy Steak Fajitas are “amazing” “delicious” and “scrumptious!” And they’re ready in 35 minutes flat! 
  • This Thai Skirt Steak is marinated with lime, coconut and has tons of flavor!

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maple chipotle flank steak tacos

Maple Chipotle Flank Steak Tacos

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Yummy gluten-free soft tacos made with maple chipotle marinated flank steak with zippy coleslaw and avocado tucked inside warm corn tortillas


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Ingredients

  • 3 chipotle chilis in adobo sauce, minced
  • ¼ cup plus 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup, dark or amber
  • 5 tablespoons cider vinegar, divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 small grass-fed flank steak, about 1 ½ pounds
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 3 cups finely chopped cabbage
  • ½ cup julienne-cut radishes
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 12 corn tortillas, warmed

Instructions

  1. Whisk chipotle, ¼ cup maple syrup, 3 tablespoons vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Place flank steak in a large re-sealable plastic bag, and add chipotle mixture. Re-seal and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Remove steak from the marinade and discard any remaining marinade. Oil grill rack and add flank steak. Grill steaks, 5 to 7 minutes per side for medium rare, 6 to 7 for medium and 8 minutes per side for medium-well. Let rest 10 minutes while preparing slaw.
  3. Whisk the remaining 2 teaspoons maple syrup, the remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar, the remaining ½ teaspoon salt and oil in a medium bowl. Add cabbage, radishes and cilantro and toss to combine.
  4. Slice the flank steak into thin strips, across the grain. Fill tortillas with steak and slaw and top with avocado.

Notes

How To Slice The Flank Steak:

It is important to cut steak against the grain. The grain is the direction that the muscle fibers run. Cutting across these fibers shortens them and makes the beef slices more tender and easier to chew.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 tacos
  • Calories: 322
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Sodium: 459 mg
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36 g
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Protein: 19 g