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Budget Friendly Steak Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Budget-friendly steak tacos are a naturally gluten free addition to your new year meal rotation. Delicious, healthy, and easy on your wallet.

budget friendly steak tacos with fresh tomato salsa

Tacos Every Day

Ever Tuesday someone posts about Taco Tuesday. It’s a catchy name- Taco Tuesday. But the thing is, I kinda want tacos ALL THE TIME. Breakfast, dinner, and lunch. I love tacos so much I already have three recipes up for them! There are Jamaican Jerk Tacos, Quinoa Tacos, and Crunchy Chicken Tacos.

Because you can never have too many tacos- today I bring you budget friendly steak tacos! Can you say yum?

holding a gluten free steak taco

Budget Friendly Steak Tacos

This year we are cutting way back on our food budget (soooo hard for me!) because we really want to do some traveling. but I still want to eat good food.

That means finding ways to infuse lots of flavors, with few ingredients. For these steak tacos, I bought already sliced steak that was for fajitas- it was 2.99 a pound (if you can’t find already sliced steak, then sub in some flank steak- you can usually find it on sale).

Stores will often cut the leftover meat up for stews or fajitas and sell it at a much lower cost. A quick marinade of cilantro, lime, cumin, and chili powder and you have perfect tacos.

By simplifying the toppings I also saved money- this fresh tomato salsa doesn’t cost a fortune and is packed with flavor. The avocado adds omega threes and has a perfect, creamy texture.

Corn tortillas are also super cheap and great to have around for easy meals.

gluten free steak tacos on a plate

Taco Time

These budget friendly steak tacos cost about $10.00 for four servings and you will have tortillas left for another meal. If you prefer flour tortillas to corn GF Jules has a great gluten free flour tortilla recipe! Whenever I make them they disappear in a flash.

If you are looking for a great dip to try (or have vegan friends over and want a protein for them) try this Vegan Cheesy Black Bean Dip from Salted Plains!

So tell me- any great ideas for easy and cost-efficient meals? Let me know your ideas in the comment (and don’t forget to tell me your favorite kind of taco!

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5 from 4 votes

Budget Friendly Steak Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Prep Time2 hours
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 3/4 pound fajita steak strips
  • 1 avocado
  • corn tortillas

Steak Marinade

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large lime juiced
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves 1 handful

Fresh Tomato Salsa

  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine the steak marinade ingredients in blender. Blend till well combined.
  • Pour over steak and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Cook steak over medium heat until desired doneness (about 3 minutes per side for medium).
  • Combine all ingredients for fresh tomato salsa.
  • Cut avocados.
  • Make tacos by adding steak, salsa, and avocado to each corn tortilla.

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  • Reply
    Erica @ Coming up Roses
    January 8, 2018 at 1:33 am

    These look delish! Def need to try them out sometime!

  • Reply
    Alisa Fleming
    January 5, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    This dinner would go over SO well in my house. Making my shopping list now!

  • Reply
    January 5, 2018 at 4:03 am

    I always look at what meat is on sale and buy that – we only eat organic meat, which definitely takes a chunk out of our wallets! Such a good idea to use a big flavoured marinade on what may be a less preferred cut of meat.

  • Reply
    January 5, 2018 at 1:28 am

    I love tacos, all day every day please! These look amazing! And budget friendly is definitely good!

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    Madison Haycock
    January 4, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Tacos are a staple in my house. I love this recipe and will definitely be trying it this week!

  • Reply
    January 4, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    This is a great way to elevate the lowly taco!

  • Reply
    January 4, 2018 at 9:19 am

    I pinned this recipe it looks so yummy! And, something that I could do as a VERY novice cook!

  • Reply
    January 4, 2018 at 8:36 am

    These look incredible! Adding these to our menu for the month!

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    Leigh Suznovich
    January 3, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    The marinade and fresh salsa look so good. Steak tacos are a favorite here for Taco Tuesday so I will definitely be trying your version soon!!

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    January 3, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    I’m with you! Tacos are for any day. I love the marinade that you used.

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    Sam | Away She Went
    January 3, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    I could eat tacos all day, every day! They’re my favorite and there’s so many options! I love this steak taco idea.

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