Carne Asada Street Tacos Recipe - Quick and Easy - Chisel and Fork (2023)

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These quick and delicious carne asada tacos are easy to make yet packed with flavor. They're the definition of street tacos, as they're served in corn tortillas and topped with just a few ingredients like cilantro, onions, and lime juice.

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I'm talking about tacos. I have them about 3-4 times a month - only at home. Ofknusprige Tofu-TacosProSlow cooker chicken tacosProSpicy Shrimp Tacos.

We also ventured out to buy tacos. A cafeteria called recentlyTaco Bravoopened about 1 minute from our house so we had to try it.

My favorite taco we ordered was a Mexican street taco with steak. I remember when we were done I told my wife I hadn't made a version of myself yet so I had to work on it.

And today's Mexican street tacos are the result. Not a lot of work went into these steak tacos, but you wouldn't know as the flavor is outstanding.

The unique thing about these carne asada tacos is that I slice the steak before cooking just to brown it on multiple sides. In addition, the marinade can really penetrate the steak. So if you like steak tacos I suggest trying them.

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Notes on ingredients

  • Flankensteak -It's a tough cut of meat, so it needs to be cut into small cubes and against the grain to be tender.
  • fresh juice -By adding some fresh orange juice and lemon juice, you add some much-needed acidity that adds shine and tenderizes the meat.
  • Spices -where much of the flavor comes from.
  • Cake -You can't have tacos without some tortillas.
  • cover -When it comes to these Carne Asada Street Tacos, go easy with a little onion, cilantro, and fresh lime juice.

exchange of ingredients

As with any recipe, you can mix some of the ingredients together. Some variations include:

  • while i useRocksteak, skirt steak works great too.
  • If you haven'tI am willow, simply substitute ¾ teaspoon kosher salt.
  • Although not traditional, you can substitute thoseLemonadewith lemon juice.
  • If you haven'tRed onionsWhite, yellow, and sweet onions or onions also work. All of them slightly different heightsflavors.
  • I am a fan of More-Tortillas, but you can use flour tortillas.

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Mix the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl and set aside. Cut into ½ cubes against the grain with a sharp knife. Place in a large bowl and mix with the marinade ingredients. You can leave it in the fridge for an hour or use it right away.

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Pour olive oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Add the steak and cook until browned and marinade reduced, about 5 to 6 minutes. Serve the steak in tortillas with some toppings.

frequently asked questions

What does Carne Asada mean?

Carne Asada literally means marinated and grilled meat.

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What is Fraldine?

Skirt steak comes from the abdominal muscles of the cow. It's a tasty piece of meat, but very lean and almost fat-free. So it can be tough, but it can be tasty and tender if you learn how to cook it properly.

It is important to marinate the flank steak and cook it over high heat. It's super important that you cut against the grain when slicing the steak. The step-by-step instructions can be found atthe kitchen.

Flank steak versus flank steak

Skirt steak can be substituted for skirt steak with these nachos. It has more fat than skirt steak, resulting in a meat with a richer flavor that's also ideal for grilling, tacos, fajitas, and stir-fries.

Like flank steak, it needs to be cut against the grain to be tender.

Should I let the steak marinate?

Do not. You can throw everything away and use it immediately. I personally like to let it marinate for about an hour as it helps tenderize the meat.

What makes it a street taco?

A street taco is usually served in a fluffy corn tortilla with grilled or roasted chicken, beef, or pork. Toppings are usually minimal like cilantro, onion, and radish.

An American-style taco is typically served in a crunchy tortilla and has a wider variety of toppings.

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How long it will take?

Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 3 months.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • It's important for your steakagainst the grain, otherwise it will bedifficult.
  • Although traditionally served inMore-Tortillas, you can useMehl Tortillasif you prefer.
  • This recipe makes alightly seasonedRoast beef. if you like oneSpicemeat, pasteJalapeno chilliwith a few seeds for the marinade.
  • Do not cook more than5-6 minutesor you have a super chewy steak. Do you want onefast SearchOn both sides.
  • This steak is the bestserved immediatelyso don't let it stop
  • notlateliketoppings🇧🇷 Street tacos should have minimal toppings like cilantro, onions, and a little fresh lime juice.
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  • Street tacos with grilled chicken
  • Sweet Potato Tacos with Black Beans
  • Chorizo-Tacos
  • Mojo pork tacos

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These quick and delicious carne asada tacos are easy to make yet packed with flavor.

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Author:Ryan Beck


  • 1 ½ lb Flank steak, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 2 soup spoon I am willow
  • 2 soup spoon orange juice
  • 2 soup spoon Lemonade
  • 2 soup spoon olive oil, shared
  • 4 chopped garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoon Chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Dried oregano
  • 1 Glas red onion, diced
  • ½ Glas fresh coriander, chopped
  • Lime wedges for serving
  • More-Tortillas


  • Cut the skirt steak against the grain into ½-inch cubes and place in a large bowl or Ziploc bag.

  • In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, orange juice, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin, and oregano.

  • Pour the marinade into the bowl or bag with the steak. Marinate in the fridge for 1 hour or up to 4 hours.

  • Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the steak and marinade and cook until steak is browned and marinade is reduced, about 5 to 6 minutes. You will want to stir it constantly.

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  • Serve the steak in tortillas and garnish with some onion, cilantro and lime.


  • It's important for your steakagainst the grain, otherwise it will bedifficult.
  • Although traditionally served inMore-Tortillas, you can useMehl Tortillasif you prefer.
  • This recipe makes alightly seasonedRoast beef. if you like oneSpicemeat, pasteJalapeno chilliwith a few seeds for the marinade.
  • Do not cook more than5-6 minutesor you have a super chewy steak. Do you want onefast SearchOn both sides.
  • This steak is the bestserved immediatelyso don't let it stop
  • notlateliketoppings🇧🇷 Street tacos should have minimal toppings like cilantro, onions, and a little fresh lime juice.


Portion:1Taco|Calories:174kcal|Carbohydrates:13g|Protein:14g|Fett:8g|Saturated Fatty Acids:2g|Polyunsaturated fatty acids:1g|Monounsaturated fatty acids:2g|Transfette:0g|Cholesterol:38mg|Sodium:195mg|Potassium:63mg|Phases:2g|Zucker:2g

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What cut of meat is best for carne asada tacos? ›

Best cut of beef for Carne Asada

The BEST cuts for the Mexican version of the dish we all know and love are either skirt steak or flank steak. Personally, I prefer skirt steak (pictured). It's more tender and flavourful than flank and can be cooked well done (for those who prefer well) without getting tough and chewy.

How do you cut carne asada for tacos? ›

When cutting the steak for your carne asada tacos, though, be sure slice the steak against the grain so that every bite of steak is tender and easy to chew—if you cut with the grain (i.e. the way the muscle fibers are aligned) you'll wind up with relatively tough steak pieces, no matter how thinly you've sliced them.

Do you put oil in the pan when cooking carne asada? ›

Heat one tablespoon oil or butter in a skillet over medium high heat. The fat will help the carne asada stay tender; you may substitute with water. Once hot, add steak and cook undisturbed for a couple minutes, then begin to cook and stir until warmed through.

What is carne asada Seasoning made of? ›

Ingredients. Salt, Chili Pepper, Garlic, Spices, Onion, Sugar, Rice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Lime Juice, Paprika Extractives (Color), Red Pepper, Lime Oil, Natural Flavor.

Should I cut carne asada before cooking? ›

If you like that cut of beef to be more tender and juicy, then cook it whole and cut it after cooking it. If you like a more well done result, then cutting before cooking will let you get to well done more evenly, with less chance of drying out the meat.

What goes with street tacos? ›

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  • Refried Beans. ...
  • Pico De Gallo. ...
  • Cilantro Rice. ...
  • Mexican Rice. ...
  • Mexican Street Corn Salad. ...
  • Guacamole.
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How do you know when carne asada is ready? ›

Inserting an instant-read thermometer horizontally into the thickest part of your steak is the most accurate check for doneness - 130°F for medium rare, 10 to 12 minutes until it reaches 140°F for medium. (The steak will continue to cook during the resting period before slicing).

How do you know when asada is done? ›

Place your carne on the grill once the temperature is around 450-500 degrees. As soon as you see the meat's juices start to rise to the surface, flip it over. When the juices flow on the other side it's ready to take off the grill.

Is it better to pan fry steak in butter or oil? ›

As you can see, between butter and oil, butter has a dramatically lower smoke point. Because of this, if you heat up a pan hot enough to sear your steak, putting a dollop of butter in first means it is likely to burn up.
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Do you put butter in pan before steak? ›

Add you butter last to avoid burning.

Second, by the time your steak is ready the butter will have moved past browned and onto burnt, creating undesirable bitter flavors. Instead, start cooking your steak in the bare pan until it's about 20-30 degrees from your desired doneness, THEN add the butter.

Do you put butter in pan when cooking steak? ›

Add 1T butter and 2T olive or canola oil to the pan and watch for the butter starting to brown. Place the steak into the pan and reduce the heat to medium, cooking the first side for 4-6 minutes. Turn the steak gently with tongs, then tilt the pan and baste the cooked side with pan juices.

Does carne asada have onion? ›

Carne Asada. This grilled flank steak is marinated in a flavorful mix of orange and lime juice, spices, onion and garlic. Smokey, juicy, and tender this meat is perfect for using in tacos, burritos, salads and more!

Does carne asada have cinnamon? ›

The Seasoning

Many carne asada recipes will call for ingredients like cilantro, citrus (orange, lime), garlic, beer, or even soy sauce and cinnamon. Citrus juice and beer is used not only for flavor but also as a tenderizer.

Can you marinate carne asada too long? ›

Can you marinate carne asada too long? Yes, there is such a thing as marinating meat for too long. Remember that there is acid in lemon and lime juice. After more than a few hours, that acid will start breaking down the meat, leaving you with a gritty, mealy, or mushy texture.

How long should you cook carne asada on the stove? ›

On the Stovetop

Cut meat into pan-size pieces and cook in batches, 4 to 8 minutes per side until done or the internal temperature reads 135°F for medium-rare, 145°F for medium. If the outside of your meat begins to cook too quickly or things start getting too smokey, turn heat down to medium.

How many times do you flip carne asada? ›

Grill streaks 8 to10 minutes on one side or until moisture starts to pool on the top and beef releases easily from grates with tongs. Flip once, grilling on the other side for 8 to 10 minutes longer or until internal temperature reaches 145°F with meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the steak.

How do you not overcook carne asada? ›

Get your oiled grill very, very hot prior to laying the steaks down. The grill should be preheated to smoking. This is essential for getting a nice char on the exterior without overcooking the center.

Are street tacos better with corn or flour tortillas? ›

While flour tortillas have the size and the consistency for entrees like burritos and quesadilla, corn tortillas are typically better suited for tacos, street tacos, taquitos and pretty much any other dish.

How do you keep street tacos from falling apart? ›

Toughen up with oil

Store-bought and fast food taco shells tend to be very crunchy, folded, and molded corn shells, which inevitably break quite easily and often. If traditional is more your style and it's corn tortillas you want, then your solution might just lie in a little bit of oil.

What makes a street taco? ›

What's the difference between a street taco and a regular taco? A street taco is just a traditional Mexican taco, which is served on a corn tortilla with meat, onions, and cilantro. There is no cheese, tomatoes, or lettuce on traditional, or Mexican street tacos.

What meat is carne asada at the store? ›

To make the American taco shop-style of carne asada in a home kitchen, all you need is a skillet or griddle and some thinly sliced beef. Buy pre-sliced, pre-seasoned beef if possible. You can buy already sliced and seasoned carne asada beef from Mexican grocers.

Which meat is carne asada? ›

Carne asada is the thinly sliced, grilled beef served so often in tacos and burritos. You can also serve it straight up, with rice and beans on the side. Although almost any cut of beef can be butterflied into thin sheets for the carne asada, typically you make it with either flank steak or skirt steak.

What cut of steak is best for tacos? ›

Flank steak is one of the most well-known kinds for anything that requires thin steaks. This thin cut works well for slicing, as required for tacos and fajitas. It's also relatively affordable compared to top-of-the-line steaks like ribeye and New York strip.

What is a cheap cut of meat for carne asada? ›

Cheapest Meat For Carne Asada

Skirt steak or hanger steak, which is less expensive and still flavorful, is traditionally used in this traditional Mexican dish. You can make this homemade Carne Asada recipe better than any restaurant by using juicy, tender flank or skirt steak with a delicious Mexican flavor.

Which is better for carne asada? ›

The most common type of meat used to make carne asada is skirt steak or flank steak. Skirt steak is usually thinner and a bit more fatty, whereas flank steak is often a thicker and leaner cut. As long as they're both sliced thinly after grilling, they both make great options for carne asada.

What is barbacoa meat? ›

Barbacoa is typically made out of tougher cuts of meat that require long, slow cooking times. When done traditionally, barbacoa is made with large cuts of meat or whole animals. In the United States, barbacoa is usually associated with beef. However, in Mexico, barbacoa is made from beef, goat, lamb or mutton.

Is skirt steak the same as carne asada? ›

Carne asada is traditionally made using skirt steak or flank steak. The two cuts are very similar and can be used interchangeably.

What temp should carne asada be cooked at? ›

Place the steak onto hot grill grates and cook until the internal temperature reaches 145°F on an instant-read thermometer, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Meanwhile, combine green onions, lime zest, ancho powder and lime juice in a baking dish. Transfer the grilled flank steak to the baking dish on top of the marinade.

What is carne asada called in Mexico? ›

Despite it being a grilled dish, the term carne asada translates literally to "roast meat"; the English-style dish "roast beef" is called rosbif in Spanish, so that each dish has a distinctive name. The term carne asada is used in Mexico and refers to the style of grilled meat in those countries.

What is the difference between carne asada and asada? ›

Kinds of Meat and in Mexican Cuisine

For the benefit of non-Spanish speakers who may not be familiar with these terms, here is a list of Mexican meats: Carne Asada – Asada (or asado) means “roasted” in Spanish. Carne asada is a spicy, marinated grilled steak that's cut into strips.

What onion is best for taco? ›

White Onions

If you love Mexican food, this is your go-to onion. With a bite that doesn't linger for too long, they add an onion-y brightness without overpowering other flavors. White onions are delicious when used raw—especially in salsa, salads, or sprinkled on tacos as a garnish.

What cheese is best for tacos? ›

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Should I cut steak before cooking for tacos? ›

One is to cut the meat before cooking into small pieces. Then quickly cook it in a skillet or griddle until it is just cooked through. If you want to grill or broil the tacos, you can still do that and then chop them into small pieces after. Just make sure to let the meat rest so you don't end up losing all the juices.

What can I use instead of skirt steak for carne asada? ›

Skirt steak is the cut of choice for carne asada throughout Southern California and it's my favorite too. But if you can't find it, you can substitute flap, flank, hanger, or top round (London broil). Skirt is the flattest of the cuts, so it doesn't take long to marinate or cook. Increase both times for thicker cuts.

What part of cow is carne asada? ›

The most common cut of beef used for carne asada is skirt steak or flank steak. The skirt steak is from the underside plate of the cow, often known as arrachera in Mexican cuisine.

What cut of meat is Trader Joe's carne asada? ›

One of our all-time favorites for grilling season (its finally here!) is Trader Joe's Carne Asada Autentica. Inside the vacuum-sealed package you'll find well-trimmed hand-butterflied beef sirloin in a classic, northern-Mexico-inspired marinade of citrus and spice.


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