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Kalbi Beef Tacos

Marcus Meacham

You've probably heard about them. Now's your chance to make them at home.

Kalbi Beef Tacos


  • For the marinade:

  • 1 cup soy sauce

  • 4 garlic cloves

  • 3 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 4 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

  • 1 Asian pear, cored and chopped

  • Handful of cilantro sprigs

  • For the tacos:

  • 2 pounds skirt steak, sliced super thin

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

  • 2 limes, segmented and roughly chopped

  • 2 green onions, sliced on a bias

  • 1/4 cup green tomato, chopped

  • 1 carrot (sliced paper thin with peeler)

  • Salt and pepper as needed

  • 8 fresh corn tortillas from a local food truck or taco shop

  • Black and white sesame seeds


  1. In a blender, combine all marinade ingredients and blend until smooth. Combine marinade with steak and let sit for at least 20 minutes.

  2. Heat a grill over high heat and sear steak until caramelized and cooked to desired doneness.

  3. In a cast-iron skillet, warm corn (or flour) tortillas until pliable.

  4. To assemble: Top 2 tortillas with kalbi beef, carrots, onions, and limes. Garnish with black and white sesame seeds.

Kalbi Beef Tacos




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- So this is like Korean barbecue, taco style. You have heat, you have sweetness, you have everything you need. Let me show you how to make them. Alright so first I'm gonna work on my marinade. I have some garlic. Just gonna give this a rough chop, and everything's gonna go in my blender over here, and get pureed. Just gonna throw that in there. Got some sesame oil. Soy sauce. Some sugar. Take, about four tablespoons of ginger. And then for a little sweetness, actually some more sweetness, we already added sugar, I'm gonna add pear. Traditionally, in this marinade, it would be Asian pear, but if you have a regular pear, whatever kind of pear you like, it works. And I'm leaving the skin on this. So now this all goes in my blender. Gonna put a couple sprigs of cilantro in right now, and then we come back to the cilantro for the garnish. Lemon juice, squeeze it right on my beef, and this beef is skirt steak, sliced super thin so it cooks really quick, and it absorbs the marinade very quickly as well. My marinade. Pour it right over top. Alright so now I have my beef marinading, I'm just gonna mix this up a little bit. And so you have heat from the raw garlic, the sweetness from the pear, sweetness from the sugar, smokiness from that sesame oil, and saltiness from the soy sauce. I'm just gonna put these right on my hot grill pan right here. Just trying to do a nice thin layer. Start flipping. Alright. So I flipped most of them. They're getting a nice char on them. I'm gonna lower my heat, and next it's time to, griddle up my tortillas. Little bit of oil. Then I'm gonna season these also with a little bit of salt and pepper. Just gonna take a peeler and a carrot and do little short strips, it's gonna be a nice garnish on top. Then we'll take my green onion, I'm gonna cut this on the bias. And then take my lime segments, just do a rough chop on them real quick, toss them with my carrot and onion. Tiny bit of salt and pepper. Last but not least, green tomato. The reason I use green tomato is just for the texture, it has more of a bite to it. Also it looks kind of cool, so. Nice big chunks. Take my beef. Fill these tacos, like the smell coming off this right now, it's Korean barbecue to its fullest. Smells delicious. Take a couple of my tomatoes, toss them right in here. My carrots, onions, and limes. Just for some texture, I have some black and white sesame seeds. Alright so there you have it, Korean style beef tacos, fun, quick, easy to make, enjoy.