Carne Asada Tacos

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Carne Asada is a marinated masterpiece that is bursting with Mexican flavor. This recipe uses thinly sliced flank or skirt steak and is grilled to absolute perfection.

Try it in burritos, fajitas, or salads. It is a family favorite of ours!

top view of carne asada steak on a white dish
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Carne asada sounds like it should be difficult to make, but it’s not! You can create this restaurant style Carne asada in your own home and impress your family and friends!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Delicious
  • Easier than you’d think to make
  • It will take your taco night to the next level!
  • A real crowd pleaser

Recipe Ingredients:

carne asada steak marinating in a black speckled bowl
  • Marinade ingredients: I make my carne asada marinade out of olive oil, soy sauce, lime juice, orange juice, garlic, cilantro, jalapeno, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. All of these things hang out together and make the more flavorful meat!
  • 2 pounds flank steak (or skirt steak): these is the base of the recipe, sometimes I have a hard time finding one or the other cut and so you can use either
  • Extras needed for serving such as: tortillas, cheese, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, etc. – you have a lot of flexibility here! The meat is great in tacos, burritos, tostadas, in salad, or in rice bowls.

Taco Toppings:

See recipe card below for full details on ingredients and quantities.

How To Make The Marinade

The marinade for this carne asada will arouse your senses. It is made up of soy sauce, orange juice, garlic, cilantro and lime juice. I like to let the meat sit in the marinade for at least a few hours or overnight if you have the time. 

Once your carne asada meat has marinated sufficiently it’s time to fire up the grill. Grilling goes quickly because the meat is cut thin. Each side only needs to grill for about 5-7 minutes. If you want a perfect medium-rare meat than watch for the thermometer to read 135 degrees.

I know it is tempting to start chowing down as soon as the meat is grilled but always let your meat rest before eating. If you let grilled meat rest for just a few minutes before cutting it then it tends to be juicier. 

carne asada steak marinating in a black speckled bowl

Step By Step Instructions

You are going to love how easy this is!

  1. Mix up your marinade.
  2. Add your meat and let it rest.
  3. Grill up your meat and let it rest.
  4. Cut up the steak into small pieces and enjoy!
carne asada seasoned whole steak and cut steak on a white dish with limes

Frequently Asked Questions

What goes well with carne asada?

Carne asada makes for amazing tacos. I have also served it in burritos, fajitas, salads, atop fries or just by itself served with traditional Mexican sides like Easy Spanish Rice. It tastes great alongside homemade guacamole, pico de gallo or rice. 

How do I slice the steak for this recipe?

When slicing carne asada you want to look for the grain of the meat and then cut perpendicular to it. Doing this will break up the muscle fibers and cause the meat to be more tender. You want your slices to be wide and thin. 

What kind of meat is best for carne asada?

Carne asada is traditionally made with skirt or flank steak. These two meats are very similar and can be used interchangeably. 

How to store carne asada

You can store your leftover carne asada in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 5-7 days. It also freezes really well. Just ensure that you have the meat in an airtight bag or container. 

corner of the dish with carne asada steak and squeezed limes

Some Other Dinner Recipes to Consider:

carne asada seasoned whole steak and cut steak on a white dish with limes
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Carne Asada Recipe

The best Carne Asada Tacos are marinated until juicy and flavorful and then grilled to perfection. Served with fresh toppings, this recipe will quickly become a summer-time family favorite.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 5 hours
Servings: 4


  • 1/4 cup olive oil, (or other light oil)
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • juice of 1 lime
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic, (about 4 cloves)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped (remove seeds to reduce heat)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 pounds flank steak, (or skirt steak)
  • Extras needed for serving such as: tortillas, cheese, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, etc.


  • In a large zipper top gallon-sized baggie or a shallow dish with a lid, add the olive oil, soy sauce, juice of the lime, juice of the orange, garlic, cilantro, jalapeno, cumin, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  • Use a fork to combine.
  • Add the flank steak to the dish or bag and use the fork to move the steak around in the marinade to coat it well (or close up the bag and massage the marinade into the steak a bit).
  • Cover or close the bag and place the steak in the fridge to marinade for 4 hours or up to 24 hours. Turn the bag or move the steak around in the dish a few times if you remember to make sure it stays evenly covered in the marinate (you don’t have to mix it around, just if you can).
  • When you are ready to prepare the carne asada, preheat your grill to medium high heat.
  • Clean and oil the grates (I do this with a cleaning brush and then I dip a paper towel in oil and rub it on the grates; this helps everything to not stick).
  • Place the steak pieces on the grill and cook for 6 minutes per side, flipping once for medium cooked steak. 
  • Remove from the grill and allow the meat to rest for 5 minutes.
  • After the meat has rested, slice it thinly against the grain and serve it however you like best.
  • The meat is great in tacos, on salad, in a burrito, in a Tex-Mex style rice bowl, the possibilities are endless. 


  • I tend to cook my steak medium well for this recipe, my kids don’t like it too pink in the middle, adjust the cooking time to reflect your steak doneness preferences. 
  • This recipes doubles really well, I normally double this amount for my family of 7 and we eat every last bit.


Serving: 1 of 4 servings, Calories: 449kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 50g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 136mg, Sodium: 1278mg, Potassium: 882mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 247IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 65mg, Iron: 4mg
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