Carne Asada Tacos

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5 from 1 vote
Carne Asada Tacos take two amazing things, grilled steak and Mexican food and combine them into one AMAZING dish! Bursting with flavor and so tender.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 18 minutes
Marinate Time: 1 day
Total: 1 day 28 minutes

Carne Asada Tacos take two amazing things, grilled steak and Mexican food and combine them into one AMAZING dish! Bursting with flavor and so tender.

Carne Asada Tacos on a white plate with limes in the background and a green cloth

This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff.  As always, all opinions are my own.

A Carne Asada Taco starts with grilled and sliced beef, usually skirt or flank steak, with a marinade and some searing to impact a charred flavor on the gill.

Why Carne Asada Tacos Work

If you have a family that all like something different, these Carne Asada tacos will become a favorite because it allows each individual to build their own taco the way they like. So everyone is happy and you can all just stop, relax and enjoy. For a few precious minutes.

How to Make Carne Asada Tacos – Step by Step

  •  Step One: First, in a large zip lock bag place all the marinade ingredients.
  • Step Two: Then smoosh the Marinade around until well blended.
  • Step Three: Then add the steak to the bag. and smoosh again. Next, refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours. I usually do this the night before.

Liquid ingredients for tacos in glass dishes with an uncooked steak on a white plate, surrounded by limes, a pepper, garlic, and cilantro, all on a white background

  •  Step Four: When ready to prepare, preheat the grill to medium high heat.
  •  Step Five: Then, cook steak for seven to ten minutes and then turn steak and cook an additional seven to ten minutes or until desired doneness.
  • Step Six: Remove the steak from the grill and allow to rest while you place the tortillas on the grill for 1 to to minutes.
  • Step Seven: Finally, cut the steak against the grain and place on the tortilla and finish with your favorite toppings.

Uncooked steak on a white plate with a white background


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Recommendations for Grilling  Carne Asada Steaks

Flank steak is a wonderful and versatile meat to cook on the grill.  I love the way flank steak absorbs marinades.  The longer you let it sit in the marinade the better.

I’ve found that this recipe works best when you let the steak marinate over night.  The marinade imparts great flavor into the meat that intensifies as it sits.

The acid in the marinade also tenderizes the steak, making it great for grilling.  You can learn all about grilling flank steak and other cuts of beef here.

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Here are a few more tips to help you become a grill master:

  • Learn the temperature of your grill. Get an accurate thermometer and test your grill. A few degrees either way can really make a difference.
  • Don’t be afraid of flavoring. Steak on its won is amazing but adding a marinade or dry rub, like we do for our Carne Asada Tacos, can really enhance the flavor.
  • Be gentle with your steak, do not poke at it or press it down. you want all the juices and flavor to stay inside the meat, not on the grill plate.
  • Always allow your steak to rest. It allows all the flavor and juices to go back into the meat to return to the meat, not in the dish.
  • To slice a steak like skirt, hanger, or flank, cut against the grain a.k.a. the opposite direction of the fibrous muscle. This will help from getting any chewiness.

A steak being cooked on a grill

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Like I stated earlier, a taco station is a really great option for your family or a party. Most of this can be prepared a head of time and kept cold until ready to serve. Here are a few of my favorites for these Carne Asada Tacos:


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Grilled steak with tortillas and limes on a wooden background

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Expert Tips for Making the Best Carne Asada Tacos

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
  • End with Fresh: I love to top these tacos with additional fresh herbs, such as Cilantro, Oregano, Parsley or Thyme. Additionally, a squeeze of fresh lime is also great.
  • Don’t Forget the Cheese: Top with your favorite Mexican blend or queso asadero and queso fresco.

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Carne Asada Tacos

5 from 1 vote
Carne Asada Tacos take two amazing things, grilled steak and Mexican food and combine them into one AMAZING dish! Bursting with flavor and so tender.
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Servings: 6 tacos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Marinate Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 28 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup cilantro minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 pound flank steak or skirt steak
  • 6 flour tortillas
  • Toppings such as Pico de gallo limes, guacamole, etc.

Instructions

  • In a large zipper bag add the orange juice, cilantro, soy sauce, vegetable oil, garlic, jalapeño, while vinegar and cumin.
  • Smoosh the mixture until it’s combined.
  • Add flank steak to the bag and smoosh it around until it’s fully coated.
  • Refrigerate for 12-24 hours.
  • Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  • Remove beef from the marinade and place on preheated grill. Discard marinade.
  • Grill for 7-9 minutes then flip the flank steak.
  • Grill for another 7-9 minutes or until beef is desired temperature.
  • Let steak rest for 5 minutes .
  • While steak is resting add the tortillas to the grill.
  • Grill tortillas for 1-2 minutes per side or until slightly charred.
  • Slice flank steak against the grain into thin slices.
  • To assemble tacos, place 3-4 slices of Carne Asada steak onto tortilla and add your favorite toppings.
  • Repeat with remaining tortillas.

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Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
  • End with Fresh: I love to top these tacos with additional fresh herbs, such as Cilantro, Oregano, Parsley or Thyme
  • Don't Forget the Cheese: Top with your favorite Mexican blend or queso asadero and queso fresco.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 828mg | Potassium: 667mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 4mg

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