Skirt Steak and Summer Squash Tacos

Sarah Ashley


  • 2 Cups  arugula
  • 2 Cups  basil
  • 4-5  cloves garlic
  •   Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 Cup  extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 2 Tablespoons  sherry vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon  crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 Pound  summer squash, ends removed and thickly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 Pound  skirt steak
  • 4 Ounces  goat cheese, softened
  • 1/2 Cup  fat-free Greek yogurt or light sour cream
  • whole-wheat tortillas

Tacos meet the classic Argentinean combo of skirt steak and chimichurri. The addition of grilled yellow squash adds bulk and nutrition to these tacos, while arugula-basil chimichurri and goat cheese crema add unique flavor.


Preheat indoor or outdoor grill  to high heat.

To make the arugula-basil chimichurri, combine the arugula, basil, and garlic in food processor. Add a generous pinch of salt, a few grinds of pepper, and 1/4 cup olive oil and process for 10 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add vinegar and red pepper. Process for another 10-15 seconds. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Set aside.

Brush the sliced squash with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the squash for about 20 minutes, turning once, until tender and browned. Transfer the squash to a platter. Brush the steaks with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the steak for 3-5 minutes on each side, depending on thickness, for medium-rare.

Meanwhile, combine the goat cheese and yogurt, or sour cream if using, in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

When the steak are finished cooking, set them on a plate or cutting board and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes. Put the tortillas on the hot grill, and cook until slightly browned, about 30 seconds on each side.

Slice the steaks against the grain and transfer to platter with the squash. Serve with arugula-basil chimichurri, goat cheese crema, and tortillas.


Read more recipes on Sarah's blog 20 Something Cupcakes.


Calories per serving:

852 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 233g 358%
  • Carbs 357g 119%
  • Saturated 65g 324%
  • Fiber 29g 116%
  • Trans 3g
  • Sugars 22g
  • Monounsaturated 133g
  • Polyunsaturated 22g
  • Protein 190g 380%
  • Cholesterol 347mg 116%
  • Sodium 3,661mg 153%
  • Calcium 923mg 92%
  • Magnesium 451mg 113%
  • Potassium 4,407mg 126%
  • Iron 35mg 197%
  • Zinc 35mg 235%
  • Phosphorus 2,007mg 287%
  • Vitamin A 686µg 76%
  • Vitamin C 145mg 242%
  • Thiamin (B1) 4mg 252%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 4mg 262%
  • Niacin (B3) 48mg 242%
  • Vitamin B6 4mg 215%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 1,031µg 258%
  • Vitamin B12 11µg 190%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 18mg 91%
  • Vitamin K 485µg 607%
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