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Carne Asada Tacos Recipe
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Carne Asada Tacos Recipe - the Best Beef Tacos Ever Made

Your new favorite carne asada tacos recipe - a super flavorful marinade for skirt or flank steak, easily prepared on the grill, served on tortillas with all the fixings. Let's get cooking!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Marinating2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: beef tacos, carne asada, flank steak, skirt steak, tacos
Servings: 12 tacos
Calories: 226kcal



  • 1-2 serrano peppers minced (or use jalapeno peppers for a milder version)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ - ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chili oil
  • Juice from 2 large oranges about a ¾ cup
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar apple cider vinegar is good, too
  • 1 tablespoon ancho powder optional, but I LOVE it
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 pounds skirt or flank steak


  • 12 corn tortillas warmed
  • Roasted jalapeno peppers
  • Diced tomato
  • Diced avocado
  • Fresh chopped cilantro
  • Spicy chili flakes
  • Your favorite hot sauce


  • Whisk together the serrano peppers, garlic, cilantro, olive oil, chili oil, orange juice, lime juice, vinegar, ancho powder, cumin and salt and pepper in a medium sized bowl until well combined.
  • Alternatively, you can process the ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.
  • To use the marinade, add it to a large sealable bag with the steak and rub it thoroughly into the meat. Seal and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for more flavor penetration.
  • Discard the marinade, then grill the marinated steak on the grill for 8-10 minutes per side, or until cooked to your liking. 135 degrees F is medium-rare. Let the steak rest for 10 minutes, then slice it against the grain into bite-sized pieces.
  • Serve the steak onto warmed tortillas and top with roasted jalapeno, avocado, tomato, cilantro, chili flakes and hot sauce.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 326mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg