Fiesta Steak Tips close up in a bowl

Fiesta Steak Tips

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 8 hours (for marinating)
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 hours and 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

These easy Fiesta Steak Tips are perfect as party appetizers or for dinner any day of the week! Super tender steak tips with an easy, Tex-Mex flavored marinade!



  • 2 pounds beef tips *see note
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 small bunch of cilantro, left whole for easy removal from the marinade
  • Oil for cooking the steak (avocado, canola or vegetable oil)


  1. Add the beef tips to a large resealable bag or a glass dish.
  2. Add the ingredients for the marinade to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Pour the marinade over the meat and stir to make sure that all the beef is coated in the marinade.
  3. Marinate the beef in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours and up to overnight. The longer you marinade the beef, the more flavor it will have.
  4. Remove the beef tips from the marinade and dry well with paper towels. Discard the remaining marinade.
  5. Add a thin layer of canola, avocado or vegetable oil to a large skillet. You want the meat in a single layer and not touching, so use the largest skillet that you have, or brown the meat in batches.
  6. Sear the beef on each for about 3-4 minutes until a crust forms. You’ll want the beef to be medium, or medium rare so that it’s not tough. Turn the beef tips over and sear on the other side for another 3-4 minutes. Remove to a platter and cover with foil. Let the steak rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.
  7. Oven Method:
  8. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  9. Place the beef tips on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spay. Add the beef tips in a single layer, spaced apart. Cook for 5 minutes, then turn the beef tips over and cook for another 5 minutes on the other side. (See note)
  10. Remove the beef to a serving bowl and pour any juices from the bottom of the baking sheet over the beef tips.
  11. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

You can buy beef tips already cut up for you in most stores but if they aren’t available buy a steak like a sirloin or a skirt steak and cut it up.

For the oven method, after the steak has cooked, you can place the steak tips under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to crisp up the edges if desired.

These steak tips will keep warm in a 250 degree oven for about an hour without overcooking too much.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top/Oven
  • Cuisine: American