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May 12, 2021 3 min read

Want the taste of street tacos without leaving the comfort of home? Instead of ground beef, try this grilled skirt steak covered in a Mexican carne asada marinade and wrapped in corn tortillas with fresh guacamole.

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Steak taco recipe - FAQ

What is carne asada?

The term carne asada translates to "grilled meat," though it's usually more specifically grilled skirt or flank steak. This dish contains a relatively high-fat content, making the resulting meat tender and juicy. Once grilled and charred to perfection at a high temperature, the meat is sliced into small pieces. 

You can enjoy carne asada on its own, on rice, or in one of our favorites - carne asada street tacos. 

How do you cut carne asada for tacos?

Skirt steak is a leaner and firmer beef cut with plenty of flavor, so it's best grilled or seared and cut against the meat's grain to promote more tenderness. Cutting against the grain is simple! Take a look at your steak, find the direction the muscle fibers run, and cut across these fibers rather than in line with them.

Can I use another type of beef?

These authentic carne asada tacos contain skirt steak, but you can substitute for flank steak or another cut of beef instead. If you use a more tender cut, you may want to cut down on your marinating time, as the process breaks down the fibers of the meat - good for tougher cuts, not so good for tender ones. 

Is this recipe gluten-free?

The only ingredient in this carne asada recipe that might contain gluten is your tortillas. We make our steak tacos with corn tortillas to taste more like authentic carne asada, and these usually don't have gluten. 

You can also use certified gluten-free tortillas found in most grocery stores' freezer section or make your own at home with a gluten-free flour blend.  

Can I use premade seasoning for carne asada tacos?

Plenty of brands offer premade carne asada seasoning, and while they're a convenient option, we recommend making your seasoning at home if possible. Packaged seasoning often contains MSG, preservatives, and high sodium levels. 

What can I serve with carne asada tacos?

Carne asada tacos fill you up enough to serve all on their own, but we have a few favorite extra sides to serve with them if you so desire. 

  • Fresh green salad with spicy lime vinaigrette
  • Black bean dip with tortilla chips
  • Cilantro-lime steamed rice
  • Red cabbage slaw with citrus dressing
  • Grilled Mexican street corn

Do I need a BBQ or cast-iron skillet?

The BBQ is by far the easiest cooking method to make this seared carne asada, but a cast-iron skillet on the stovetop is your second best option. A cast-iron griddle could work as well, but we don't recommend stovetop cooking this carne asada in any other type of cookware. 

Cast-iron cooks much differently than other pan materials, and it's the only way to get a comparable grill and sear to BBQ grilling. 

Final notes & storage tips

These easy carne asada tacos are best served immediately after grilling or chilled leftovers the next day. Carne asada meat will last for up to 3 days in the fridge if kept separated from the tortillas and toppings. 

We don't recommend freezing carne asada meat once cooked, as it loses its texture upon thawing. 
Get your taco holder ready and enjoy these authentic Mexican steak tacos tonight!

Enjoyed this recipe? Check out our recipes for soft shell taco, birria tacos, and fried fish tacos!


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