Juicy, marinated and grilled Carne Asada Tacos served in warm corn tortillas with fresh pico de gallo and avocado. These delicious tacos are just as good as ones you could buy off the street in Mexico!

Three Carne Asada Tacos served in corn tortillas topped with pico de gallo and avocado.

These  incredible carne asada tacos are joining the ranks of my other favorite Mexican recipe like pork carnitas, fajtas, and grilled chicken street tacos. Be sure to include a large platter of authentic Mexican rice and homemade refried beans.  Serve horchata to drink, tres leches cake for dessert and if you want to host a killer fiesta!  Invite me, please?

What is carne asada?

The term carne asada refers to grilled steak (typically skirt or flank steak) that has been sliced thinly. You can eat the steak as a main dish or serve it inside tacos, burritos, quesadillas, on a salad or more.

The ingredients needed to make carne asada, labeled, on a wooden board.

How to Make Carne Asada Tacos:

1. Marinate.  Mix marinade ingredients in a large bowl or bag.  Place steak in marinade and leave it covered, in the refrigerator for 2-5 hours.

The marinade for carne asada next to flank steak marinating in the marinade.

2. Grill the steak. Place steak on the grill and cook for about 3-5 minutes per side, or until medium rare or medium.

3. Serve inside a warm tortilla with pico de gallo and sliced avocado.

Pro Tips:

  • Grill the steak on high heat. Flank steak is such a thin cut of meat that you want to be able to sear the outside of the meat, without overcooking the inside. So, make sure your grill is hot before placing the meat on it.
  • Rest the steak.  As with most meat, you want to let it rest after grilling to allow the juices to settle in the meat, making it juicier and more tender. If you cut into it directly off the grill, without waiting, you will loose a lot of the juices.
  • Cut across the grain.  That means, notice the directional lines in the flank steak grain and slice perpendicular to them. If you cut along the grain then the meat will be tougher and chewier to eat.

Grilled, sliced carne asada steak, served a on wooden board.

Servings Ideas:

Variations:

  • Keto carne asada: omit the tortilla and serve the carne asada in a lettuce wrap.
  • Burrito style carne asada: wrap the steak, pico, and rice inside a large flour tortilla.  Fill with any other desired toppings. Serve with rice and beans.

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Recipe

Three Carne Asada Tacos served in corn tortillas topped with pico de gallo and avocado.
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 10 mins
Total 2 hrs 10 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 1/2 pounds flank steak
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 limes , juiced
  • 1/2 of an orange , juiced

For serving:

Instructions
 

  • Season steak on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the marinade ingredients. 
  • Place flank steak in a bowl or large ziplock bag and pour marinade over steak. 
  • Seal/cover and refrigerate, allowing the steak to marinade for 2 - 5 hours. Remove steak from the refrigerator 20 minutes before grilling.
  • Heat grill to high and brush the grill grates lightly with oil. Lift steak from the bag of marinade, allowing excess marinade to drip off. 
  • Place steak on the grill and cook for about 3-5 minutes per side, or until desired doneness (depending on whether you like yours medium rare or well done). 
  • Transfer steak to a cutting board, cover with aluminum foil and allow to rest 5 minutes. Cut the steak, against the grain, into very, very thin strips.
  • Warm corn tortillas on a hot dry skillet. Top with steak, pico de gallo, sliced avocado and hot sauce , if desired.

Notes

Serve with:
Keto: omit the tortilla and serve the carne asada in a lettuce wrap.
Burrito style: wrap the steak, pico, and rice inside a large flour tortilla.  Fill with any other desired toppings. Serve with rice and beans.

Nutrition

Calories: 586kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 43gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 141mgPotassium: 1031mgFiber: 7gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 495IUVitamin C: 29.9mgCalcium: 121mgIron: 4.8mg

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*Nutritional info does not include toppings

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I originally shared this recipe July 2013. Updated June 2020 and April 2021.

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  1. 5 stars
    These were amazing, made them just as written except for the cilantro. I used a cast iron pan, but they were amazing. This will keep us away from the restaurant. I’ll have to try them with your refried beans.

  2. I made your Carne Asada Tacos and Mexican Rice for dinner tonight. Both were super delicious. My family loved the tacos. The beef was so good! Yesterday I made the snickerdoodle bars and they are also really great! Thanks for some great recipes!!