Ribeye Steak Tacos – Reverse Seared for the Most Amazing Flavor

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Ribeye Steak Tacos are the perfect meal for when you want to take an expensive cut, like ribeye steak, and stretch your dollar by turning them into the most incredible and indulgent tacos. Includes wine pairing.

This is also a great recipe for any leftover prime rib. 

Ribeye Steak Tacos on a platter with chimichurri sauce

If you’re a fan of tacos, then you know how versatile they can be. From traditional beef tacos to vegetarian corn tacos, there are endless possibilities when it comes to this delicious dish. However, if you’re looking for a new and exciting twist on the classic taco, then look no further than ribeye steak tacos. These tacos are perfect for anyone who loves the rich, juicy flavor of ribeye steak and wants to enjoy it in a fun and flavorful way.

Ribeye Steak Tacos Ingredients

The key to making amazing ribeye steak tacos is to start with the right cut of meat and keep it simple with the taco filling. When it comes to steak, the ribeye is one of the most flavorful and tender cuts. Look for a well-marbled ribeye steak that is at least 1 inch thick for the best results.

For the taco topping we love a fresh chimichurri sauce, some coleslaw or lettuce for crunch, maybe a touch of shredded cheese, and a slice or two of fresh slices of avocado. Then we top with fresh cilantro.

Quality? Grade? Does it Matter?

For me, I truly believe in investing in quality foods that are going into my body as well as my family’s. This is a personal preference here. I don’t skimp when it comes to quality. That being said, I also don’t like going overboard when it comes to my grocery shopping bill. To me, “quality” means a trustworthy source.

So if we want to take a moment and define what quality means to us; it’s about meat that is raised in a sustainable way – no antibiotics, a life in pasture and free range, and sometimes finished on a non-GMO grain and then slaughtered humanely. All of that takes time and money and ends up making the price per pound more. I’m okay with that.

Related Article: Understanding Prime versus Choice Beef

Buying The Steak

When selecting ribeye be sure it’s at least 1-inch thick (ideally 1 1/2). Buying a thicker cut steak avoids overcooking it. If the steaks are already cut up and thin, then ask the butcher to cut more. They come from the Prime Rib and can easily be custom cut to your desired thickness.

And we use boneless ribeye for this taco recipe versus bone in – both options work.

Since we do tend to invest in higher quality (and thus more expensive) meats, like Snake River Farms and Double R Ranch Beef, we just choose to eat them less frequently. We’re not eating expensive steak every day, but instead, maybe once every two to three weeks. This also makes me stop and appreciate the times and the meals when I do eat a steak.

A Grilled Ribeye Steak on a cutting board
You can use bone-in or boneless ribeye for these tacos but we prefer boneless.

By using the meat in a dish like these tacos, you’re stretching your dollar when it comes to eating a great cut of meat. So one large ribeye steak can be used for at least 4 people.

Taco Prep

Before we put the steak on the grill we like to make sure all our toppings and ingredients are prepared and ready so the ribeye tacos can be enjoyed warm.

  • Make Sauce and/or Salsa – we love our simple chimichurri sauce, or you can make a fresh roasted salsa or a blender salsa for a more traditional flavor. Want a verde (green) salsa? Try our smoked tomatillo salsa.
  • Cut and Layout Veggies – Be sure you have small bowls and have sliced up your onions, cilantro, and cheese.
  • Warm Tortillas – We almost exclusively use corn tortillas in our household and the quick hack for warming tortillas, especially for a crowd, is to wrap a stack of 8 tortillas in a dam sheet of paper towels. Then microwave for 30 seconds to both steam and warm. Otherwise my favorite way to prep tortillas is to throw them on the grill for about 10 seconds, then flip, and keep flipping in 10 second increments until you get a mild char on the outside.
  • Sides – Be sure any sides are ready to go or cooking while the steaks smoke.

By preparing these early you can go right into eating with no fuss. Feel free to add any other favorite ingredients like sour cream, grilled corn, or even a fresh pico de gallo.


Start by seasoning the steak with olive oil and our beef seasoning. If you want to keep it simple use an SPG rub (equal parts kosher salt, granulated garlic, and coarse black pepper).

The olive oil will help the seasoning stick while it smokes and then sears.


We strongly encourage you to own a good instant read digital thermometer. It reads the internal temperature of the steak in seconds (or less), which means no more overcooked steaks. We use the Thermoworks Thermapen One.

Long tongs are also important when grilling steak.

Cooking the Steak – Reverse Sear

Sure you can pan sear your ribeye or just use grilled ribeye steak. But to add a layer of flavor and if you have a smoker or smoker attachment for your grill consider reverse searing. Basically smoke it first at a low temperature and then finish over a hot and fast flame or heat source.

Two grilled ribeyes over a flame
  1. Prep: Prepare your smoker or grill for low heat cooking targeting 200 – 225 degrees Fahrenheit. We love fruit woods (cherry or apple), oak, or hickory for steak and reverse searing for the right smoke flavor.
  2. Smoke: Place your seasoned ribeye steak in smoker on grill grates and smoke for 30 – 45 minutes covered or until the internal temperature reaches 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Transfer: When the internal temperature of the steak reaches 110 degrees remove from the smoker. If your smoker also hits high heat, like our Big Green Egg, then prepare your grill for direct, high heat, grilling and rest the steak as the grill comes to temperature. Otherwise have your high heat grill or other source ready once the steak is at 110 degrees.
  4. Grill: Place the smoked ribeye on the grill over direct heat. Sear each side for 2 minutes. Closely monitor the meat with a high quality instant read meat thermometer. Then remove the steak when it hits 127 degrees (you want it between 125 and 130 for rare). Once you remove the steak, let it rest, allowing the juices to settle. It’ll also keep cooking a little bit with that residual heat.
  5. Make Tacos: After the rest period slice the ribeye steak against the grain into thin slices no thicker than a pencil. Then make the tacos.
A Grilled Ribeye Steak sliced into thin slices

Since we’re using such a great cut of meat and we took the time to reverse sear it, we didn’t want it drowning in toppings that would have taken away from our hard work. So we kept it simple with some chimichurri sauce and a slice of fresh avocado. Absolutely perfect.

 A Grilled Ribeye Steak Taco topped with chimichurri sauce on a platter
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Wine Pairing for Ribeye Steak Tacos

When it comes to stretching your budget with wine the same can apply by using a winery’s “second label”.  There are several wineries that have their main label, like Soter Vineyards for example. They then have another label that still offers great quality but at a more affordable price. Now there are several reason for doing this. In Bordeaux for instance, a winery (or Chateau) may use only their very best fruit for their main wine. And then the remaining in their second label. The vineyards are often the same, but the fruit just didn’t meet a specific standard. The second wine is often pretty darn amazing too.

In this case, Planet Oregon, made by one of my favorite winemakers, Tony Soter of Soter Vineyards. It was founded with a goal to, “make delicious, environmentally responsible wine at an accessible price. In short, a wine you can enjoy on a Tuesday and feel great about.”

It’s a delicious wine, and a great value for Oregon (found under $20).

We’re still not skimping here. Instead we’re receiving great value for a high level of quality. The wine has some deep dark fruit, great richness and texture. This is the kind of Pinot that has the umph to stand up to steak tacos!

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Ribeye Steak Tacos
5 from 3 votes

Ribeye Steak Tacos Recipe

Ribeye Steak Tacos are a great option to elevate a taco with the tender and delicious flavor of ribeye.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people (2 tacos per person)


For the Reverse Sear Smoked Ribeye Steak:

  • 1 pound Ribeye steak, 1 ½ inches thick
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon beef seasoning

For the Tacos:

Optional Taco Toppings:

  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup cole slaw
  • ½ cup cotija cheese
  • 2 limes cut into small wedges


For the Reverse Sear Ribeye Steak:

  • Preheat Smoker: to 160 degrees (we used cherry wood).
  • Season Ribeye Steak: Coat the steaks with olive oil and then season the steak liberally.
  • Smoke Steak: Place ribeye on the smoker, and cook 30-45 minutes, or until the internal temperature (IT) reaches 110 degree. Remove from the smoker and prepare for the grill for high heat.
  • Grilling: Prepare your cooker for direct heat. In this case we used a simple kettle grill. Once the grill is HOT, place the steak over the hot direct heat for about 2 minutes at the most, then flip and cook another two minutes or until the steak reaches your desired the internal temperature (we aim for 125 – 130 degrees). Remove, let rest a couple minutes, then slice into thin strips.

For the Tacos:

  • Warm up your corn tortillas.
  • Load up the tortillas with a couple slices of the steak, a drizzle of chimichurri sauce, an avocado slice, and any other additional toppings.


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 821mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 778IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Grilled Beef, tacos
Servings: 4 people (2 tacos per person)
Calories: 176
Keyword: budget tacos, Grilled Ribeye Steak Tacos, ribeye steak tacos, steak tacos
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  1. Hi, there! Fellow Oregonian (PDX) here. Just stumbled on your site and it’s incredible. Didn’t know you also ran Ember & Vine – you are one busy lady! Hehe. These tacos look A-mazing!

    1. Hey Hey Hey Fellow Oregonian, so nice to see you here 🙂 Hope to see you around sometime outside of the blogging world!!!
      And yup, things are pretty crazy around here!

  2. Love this post!! We find the balance between being committed to high quality cuts of meat and balancing a healthy budget often challenging (especially as our kids get older and they eat more…and their friends come over and eat us out of house & home! 😉 so I absolutely love your tips here. These steak tacos look amazing!!

  3. Great idea to make your grocery dollars stretch further! Also, I just got back from Santa Fe, so I’m ALL ABOUT the tacos right now!

  4. First – The steak tacos look AMAZING! Second – Love your tip about “second label” wines. I always forget about that, and there are some great ones out there. Third – That event at WillaKenzie?! Yum! I wish I was there!!! Congrats on selling out 🙂

    1. Thanks 🙂
      We’ve got a few more events coming up this summer that I’ll be sure to tell you about. Would love to see you out at one!!