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Steak and Cheese Volcanes

Volcanes are a popular Mexican dish that consists of a fried tortilla topped with meat, beans, cheese, and other toppings. In this recipe, we thinly sliced beef, and recommend either skirt steak or flank steak.

The tortilla is usually thicker than a tostada and has a slightly concave shape, which makes it perfect for holding the toppings. The name “volcanes” comes from the fact that the tortilla looks like a volcano with the toppings spilling over the sides. 

Key Takeaways

  • Perfect for BBQ Enthusiasts: Volcanes are a fantastic choice for those who love the smoky goodness of barbecue.
  • Quick Grilling: With a preparation time of approximately 30 minutes, this recipe is ideal for a spontaneous barbecue gathering.
  • Protein-Packed Fiesta: Packed with grilled meat and melted cheese, Volcanes are a protein-rich indulgence.

About This Recipe

Volcanes are a popular street food in Mexico, combining the charred essence of the grill with the gooey pleasure of melted cheese. These mini volcanoes are sure to erupt with flavor, making them a crowd-pleaser at any gathering.

Equipment Required

  • Grill
  • Skewers
  • Basting brush
  • Mixing bowl


  • 1 pound thinly sliced beef (skirt steak or flank steak)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 small tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded Oaxaca or Monterey Jack cheese
  • Salsa of your choice
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Marinate the Beef: In a bowl, mix sliced beef with olive oil, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Allow it to marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Skewer and Grill: Thread the marinated beef slices onto skewers. Grill on medium-high heat for about 3-4 minutes per side until nicely charred.
  3. Prepare Tortillas: Warm the tortillas on the grill for 1-2 minutes per side.
  4. Assemble Volcanes: Place a tortilla on a plate, add grilled beef from the skewers, sprinkle with cheese, and fold into a volcano shape.
  5. Melt the Cheese: Return the assembled volcanes to the grill for a minute or until the cheese is melted.
  6. Serve with Salsa: Drizzle your favorite salsa over the top, garnish with fresh cilantro, and enjoy the eruption of flavors!

Side Dishes

Serve Volcanes with Mexican street corn (elote) for a complete and satisfying meal.

Storage Options

Volcanes are best enjoyed fresh off the grill. However, any leftover grilled beef can be refrigerated and used in salads or tacos the next day.

Ingredient Substitutes

Experiment with different cheeses like queso fresco or cheddar. For a vegetarian option, substitute grilled portobello mushrooms for the beef.


Explore other Mexican grill favorites such as Carne Asada Tacos or BBQ Chicken Quesadillas: Smoky and Cheesy! for a diverse barbecue experience.


Volcanes bring the excitement of a barbecue to your plate. Revel in the fusion of grilled meat, melted cheese, and vibrant salsa, creating a flavor eruption that will leave your taste buds dancing. ¡Que aproveche!