Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  286
  • Protein  19 g
  • Carbohydrates  20 g
  • Fat  14 g
  • Cholesterol  42 mg
  • Sodium  208 mg
  • Potassium  274 mg
  • Phosphorus  220 mg
  • Calcium  155 mg
  • Fiber  0.7 g

Authentic Steak Tacos

There’s Mexican food and then there’s “authentic” Mexican food. If you’re a purist, or if you’d like to experience “real flavor,” kidney-friendly Authentic Steak Tacos are for you!

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Jessica from Kansas.

Portions: 8     Serving size: 1 tacos with 1-1/2 ounces steak


  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 pound skirt or flank steak (falda)
  • 3 limes
  • 2 teaspoons Mrs. Dash® lemon pepper herb seasoning blend
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco Mexican cheese
  • 8 flour tortillas, 6" size


  1. Finely chop cilantro; dice onion and garlic.
  2. Marinate steak in shallow dish with juice of 2 limes, lemon pepper and garlic powder, from 30 minutes to overnight.
  3. Make salsa by mixing cilantro, onion, garlic and juice of 1 lime. Cover and refrigerate.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat.
  5. Slice steak thinly and cook over high heat until well done, approximately 3 minutes per side.
  6. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  7. Place equal amounts of cooked steak, about 1-1/2 ounces, in each flour tortilla.
  8. Top with one tablespoon crumbled queso fresco on each taco.
  9. Wrap each taco in aluminum foil and bake 5–8 minutes or until tortillas are warm.
  10. Remove from oven and enjoy!

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 1 starch
  • 1/2 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Find queso fresco at a Mexican grocery store or substitute1/4 cup Monterrey Jack cheese. Add 1/2 tablespoon per taco.
  • Compare brands and buy the lowest sodium tortillas.
  •  Top each taco with 1 tablespoon salsa if desired. Choose lowest sodium products.

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Authentic Steak Tacos

traceyc78 says:


this was a delicious recipe~ full of zing from the lime juice! will definitely make again!

Aug. 13, 2012, 9:13 AM - Inappropriate review?

Authentic Steak Tacos

JeriW says:


This was wonderful! Loved the salsa too.

Jul. 13, 2011, 2:03 PM - Inappropriate review?

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