Quick and Easy Chili Lime Steak Bites

4.67 from 15 votes
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This easy Chili Lime Steak Bites recipe packs plenty of spicy and zesty flavor into tender pieces of sirloin steak. With only a handful of ingredients and in less than fifteen minutes, you can have a gluten free appetizer or a quick and easy dinner with an irresistible flavor that is a fiesta for your taste buds.

Love the sauce but want a different cut of beef? Try Chili Lime Beef Cube Steaks!

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But then there are people like Donna and Chad of the wildly popular food blog The Slow Roasted Italian. They just work their butts off, and all along the way they just want to support everyone and use their success to help others learn, grow, and achieve their dreams. That’s why I am honored to tell you about and share a recipe from their new cookbook, The Simple Kitchen.

It’s a simple dish that is part of our regular rotation. These Chili Lime Steak Bites are so good and so fast that we are always making them to serve over rice or browned butter cauliflower rice, in tacos, on salads, and more!

We love the flavors that I’ve even started making Chili Lime Shrimp!

Closeup of a fork taking one of the Easy Steak Bites Recipe with Chili Lime Sauce

Sirloin Steak Bites with Chili and Lime

With only six ingredients (plus salt and pepper), they are ready in less than 15 minutes! I guarantee you’ll be making them as often as we are, whether it’s Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, or any busy night when you need a fast meal.

Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
But don’t skip my PRO TIPS below!


Top sirloin steak

The top sirloin is a lean and affordable cut of beef. But it is extremely flavorful and juicy. It is perfect for a recipe like this because since it does not have a high fat content, the quick cooking time ensures it retains its moisture and does not dry out.

If there is a thick layer of fat on the steak, you can cut that off. Then cut it into 1-inch thick slices, and cut those slices into 1/2-inch long pieces.

Salt, pepper, and garlic powder

Since the steak and sauce have so much flavor, you only need basic seasonings from your spice cabinet for this recipe.

Chili paste

For this recipe, I use the tubes of chili paste you can find in the produce section near the herbs, like from the brand Gourmet Gardens.


Just a little honey allows the steak to really caramelize in that hot pan and balances out the spice.

Olive oil

Olive oil will keep the steak from sticking in the pan. You can also use something like avocado oil as well. No need for the fancy extra virgin olive oil here.


You’ll need both the zest and the juice of the limes, so be sure to zest the limes first before juicing them. I like to use a Microplane zester to avoid getting any of the bitter white pith. And this handheld juicer has become my new best friend lately because it gets out tons of juice without a lot of work or mess.


  1. Cut top sirloin steak into cubes.
  2. Toss the steak in salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. Coat it with chili paste and honey.
  4. Heat your cast iron skillet on the stove and get it screaming hot.
  5. Sear the steak for just a few minutes.
  6. Remove the steak out of the pan.
  7. Add lime zest and juice to create a zingy glaze to slather over those steak bites.

It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Chili Lime Steak Bites in a terra cotta dish with lime wedges

Brianne’s recipe pro tips

Serving suggestions

  • Serve this easy steak bites recipe with rice, cauliflower rice, or alongside a baked sweet potato.
  • Use them to make a salad. A drizzle of Honey Lime Dressing would be delicious.
  • They would be tasty with Mexican Pepper Jack Cauli Tots or Chili Lime Corn
  • You can use them to make steak tacos topped with Mango Avocado Salsa and Easy Guacamole.
  • Also, these steak bites can be a super fast party appetizer. Just make a few batches and set out some toothpicks and a couple of extra lime wedges. If you want to add these to your game day or Cinco de Mayo menu, just be sure to double or triple the batch. I guarantee they will disappear faster than you can make them.


Once you know the technique, you can change up the ingredients for all different flavors:

Chili Lime Steak Bites recipe from The Simple Kitchen Cookbook

About The Simple Kitchen cookbook

If you are already a fan of The Slow Roasted Italian, then nothing will surprise you about Donna and Chad’s cookbook. And that’s a good thing. It’s page after page of the vibrant photos of their belly-filling and soul-satisfying comfort food that you’ve come to know and love.

And if you don’t already know and love them, I guarantee that you soon will. They create, capture, and share dishes filled with ingredients and flavors that are familiar, but always put together in a way that just takes it to another level. Whether it’s the most colorful pasta dishes or heartiest soups and stews or juiciest meats, every recipe is at the same time familiar and approachable as it is impressive.

The Simple Kitchen will have dog-eared corners in no time. It’s a collection of slow cooker recipes, one-pot meals, super fast dinners and sides, fun party appetizers, and of course desserts.

I’ve already marked a ton of recipes I know my family will love, like Melt-In-Your-Mouth Spicy Ribs, Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Rice, and Banana Berry Cheesecake Salad.

You can also get some other sneak peeks into The Simple Kitchen cookbook.

Are there gluten free recipes in The Simple Kitchen Cookbook?

For my fellow gluten-free readers, there are definitely gluten free recipes to choose from. There are a fair amount of pasta dishes, so you might have to substitute gluten free pasta in those dishes.

A few of the soups and sauce are thickened with flour, so perhaps you can give those a shot with rice flour. And admittedly a few of the recipes, like Jalapeno Pretzel Twists and Donna’s Famous Sugar Cookies would need a complete gluten free overhaul. But there’s still plenty to choose from. There are even a couple of desserts like No-Bake Rocky Road Avalanche Bars.

Mexican Chili Lime Steak Bites from The Simple Kitchen Cookbook

More cookbook recommendations

  • Find out about all the decadent treats in The Poke Cake Cookbook when you check out this recipe for Reese’s Poke Cake.
  • BBQ Chicken Tostadas are one of the most popular recipes on my site because they are from one of my favorites, The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook.
  • Mediterranean Chicken Pinwheels is just one of 100 Creative Ways to Use Rotisserie Chicken.
  • And get more fast and easy meals with only a few ingredients like Home-Style Shrimp Bowls from Express Lane Cooking.

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Easy Chili Lime Steak Bites Recipe
4.7 from 15 votes

Chili Lime Steak Bites

A super easy recipe that's ready in less than fifteen minutes, and packs plenty of spicy and zesty flavors with only a handful of ingredients. Make them for a quick dinner or a simple party appetizer.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 15 mins



  • Cut the steak into 1-inch strips, then cut the strips into 1/2-inch pieces.
  • Place the steak in a small bowl, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir to coat the steak in the spices.
  • Add the chili pasta and the honey, and stir again to coat the steak completely.
  • Place a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Hold your hand about 6 inches above the pan, and when you can feel the heat, add the olive oil and swirl around the pan. Add the steak to the pan in a single layer. If it doesn’t sizzle and hiss, the pan is not hot enough.
  • Sear the steak for 1 minute before touching it, then flip the steak bites with tongs or a spatula. Sear the steak on the second side for an additional 1 minute, then remove the steak from the pan to a plate.
  • Add the lime zest and lime juice to the hot pan, stir to combine, and pour the chili lime sauce of the steak bites.
Nutrition Facts
Chili Lime Steak Bites
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 242 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 357mg15%
Potassium 468mg13%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 11.1mg13%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. laura bates

    5 stars
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!! Sooooo good and easy to make. Just thinking of it makes me want to make it tonite.

    Total chart topper for a party or get together. Can NOT go wrong with this 🙂

  2. Greta

    I used gochujang chili paste and Butcher Box steak tips. So tasty!! Thanks for the recipe. I think I will try with shrimp too!

  3. Lesley

    5 stars
    I , too, have made this, lots of juice to pour over & served with my new favorite Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice & Quinoa. My whole family loved this!!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      I’m so happy to hear that your family enjoyed the steak bites, Lesley! Thank you for your comment and for rating the recipe.

  4. Rosy

    I don’t know what chili paste is. I read on one of the comments that you use Gourmet Gardens but there are several flavors. Which kind was used to make this recipe?

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Hi Rosy,
      Chili paste is a spicy condiment often used in Chinese cooking. It’s made from dried chili peppers and garlic. It’s typically found in the Asian aisle of the grocery store.

  5. Barbara Tokuz

    5 stars
    I made this twice in a couple of days because the crowd went mad when it was gone too fast. Had to make a double batch the second time. Reheats the next day very well. I used Heinz chili sauce because I didn’t have the paste on hand — did great. I also left the meat in the iron skillet for the second batch without transferring back and forth, and, once again, it did great. I saved back some of the lime juice and poured it over the meat in the pan after the meat was done and it cooked in the flavor. No need to pour it on later. The great things about it are: 1) no need for steak sauce, 2) easy to eat because it’s already cut up, 3) great flavor, 4) cooked thoroughly, 5) very tender. Use choice steak and you can’t go wrong.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Thank you for the raving review, Barbara! I’m so happy to hear that everyone enjoyed the steak bites.

  6. mark

    5 stars
    Just made this for dinner and all I can say is Wow!!! We like things with a little more heat/zing, so next time i would also add a Tbsp. of Cento sandwich spread. Served it with a Jasmine Brown Rice and Quinoa mix and Kimchi on the side. Tomorrow we will do a Brown rice bowl with the left over rice/beef and put a sunny side egg on top.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      I’m so glad that you liked the steak bites recipe, Mark, and your dinner sounds like it was absolutely delicious!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Vicki, you probably could make the chili lime steak bites that way, but I don’t think it would be any quicker or easier than cooking them in a cast iron skillet on the stove top.

  7. Melissa

    I uploaded this recipe to My Fitness Pal, but the nutritional facts you have listed don’t match up with what shows in MFP, any idea why?

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Melissa, nutritional information can vary depending on the ingredients you use (brands, etc.). Additionally, I think MFP nutrition is primarily gathered from users, so if something was entered incorrectly, that would also throw things off balance.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Chili paste is a condiment that is used a lot in Asian cooking. It’s very similar in taste to Sriracha sauce, but it’s thicker in consistency. You can find it in the Asian section of most food stores.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Hi Tina,
      You can substitute another cut of meat for the sirloin steak, but because of the short cooking time, it will need to be a lean cut of beef with very little marbling/fat, such as flank steak. Stew meat is not a good choice for this recipe, because the cut of beef is very tough/marbled and requires hours of cooking time to make it tender.

  8. Lori

    I don’t have a cast iron pan, will just a regular pan work for the chili lime steak bites?
    And after you put the lime zest and juice in pan, do you return the steak bites back to pan to cook a little!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Lori, if you have a stainless steel pan, that would work wonderfully for the steak bites recipe as well. Try to avoid using a non-stick pan, because it won’t give you the nice sear that you can get from a cast iron or stainless steel pan. You can definitely return the steak bites to the pan if you would like them to cook a little longer. Enjoy!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Hi Kal – I use a brand called Gourmet Gardens. It comes in a tube. Sold near the fresh herbs in the produce section of most larger grocery stores.

  9. Joanna

    I make meat dishes with a ‘sauce/gravy’ very often. There is No Way that your video represents your ingredients as written. There is definitely some cornstarch ‘slurry’ made with beef bullion + water or beef broth and added to the lime juice. Your video shows at least 1/2-1 cup of thickened liquid being poured over the steak pieces.

    1. Kathryn Barnes Weber

      5 stars
      I made this and it does create the sauce as shown in the video and photos. It is so delicious! Trust the recipe! If you want more sauce, double up on the portioning.

      1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

        Thank you for your comment and recipe rating, Kathryn! I’m so happy to hear that you love the steak bites recipe. It’s one of our favorites. 🙂

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