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Authentic Carne Asada + Street Tacos

Authentic Carne Asada is all about the marinade and giving the meat time to soak in all the flavors. The fresh cilantro-garlic-lime marinade will become your go-to for Flank Steak. We use this recipe to make the best Carne Asada Mexican Street Tacos!

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Carne asada steak grilled and thinly sliced

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What is Carne Asada?

Carne Asada is a Mexican beef recipe that has been marinated in a well-seasoned marinade then grilled to impart charred flavor. The beef is then thinly sliced and served as a main course or as an ingredient in other dishes like street tacos or nachos. When you start with such a delicious high-quality protein, there are so many different ways you can use Carne Asada.

Mexican street tacos with limes

The Best Cuts of Beef for Carne Asada:

  • Flank Steak – our preferred cut because it is lean, tender, and cooks quickly
  • Skirt Steak – a thinner and tasty cut (be careful not to overcook)
  • Sirloin Steak or Tenderloin Steak can also be used if that is what you have on hand

Flank steak for carne asada

Authentic Mexican Carne Asada Marinade:

An authentic Carne Asada marinade combines the classic Mexican flavors of cilantro, lime juice, garlic and is well-seasoned with chili powder and cumin. The addition of orange juice and soy sauce tenderizes the meat and also adds rich flavor.

Pro Tip: Marinate at least 6 hours but we highly recommend marinating overnight for the best flavor.

ingredients for carne asada marinade

How Long to Grill Carne Asada:

Like any steak, Carne Asada should be grilled to your desired doneness. Depending on the thickness of your steak, you will want to grill over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes per side, flipping once.

Marinating and grilling carne asada

Flank Steak Doneness Chart:

Since Flank Steak is a thinner cut of beef, insert an instant-read thermometer horizontally into the side of the steak in the thickest part. A steak will continue to rise in temperature an additional approximately 5 degrees once off the grill so take it off the grill before it reaches the ideal temperature.

  • Medium Rare doneness – a final temperature of 145˚F. The USDA recommends a minimum internal temperature of 145˚F.
  • Medium doneness – the final temperature will reach 160˚F.

checking steak doneness with thermometer

How to Cut Flank Steak:

Always slice a Flank Steak or Skirt Steak against the grain. See which way the meat fibers are running and cut perpendicular to those fibers. Cutting thin slices against the grain will make it much easier to chew the steak.

slicing flank steak against the grain

Make Street Tacos for Tailgating!

Beef is always a great choice for social gatherings and is our favorite fan food for game days! No matter what tailgating might look like for you this year, Carne Asada street tacos are perfect for your next party at home. Beef up your game day menu by making a taco bar with authentic street tacos.

Classic street tacos contain Carne Asada, cilantro, white onion, and hot sauce. If you want to spruce up your taco bar, you can also add some crumbled cotija cheese, Pico De Gallo or Chimichurri Sauce to top these off.

Mexican street tacos served with hot sauce and lime wedges

What to Serve with Carne Asada:

Carne Asada makes an excellent main course for the ultimate Mexican food feast.

Authentic Carne Asada + Street Tacos

5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 25 minutes
Sliced carne asada on cutting board

You'll love this authentic Carne Asada recipe. If serving as Carne Asada street tacos, you'll also need small corn tortillas, cilantro, diced white onion, lime wedges and cilantro to serve.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $20-$25
Keyword: carne asada, street tacos
Cuisine: Mexican
Course: Main Course
Calories: 292 kcal
Servings: 8 people as a main course

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Flank Steak
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (from 2-3 limes)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (no pulp)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (regular, not low-sodium)*
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro plus more to serve
  • 7 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. In a large shallow bowl or casserole dish, combine the marinade ingredients: lime juice, orange juice, soy sauce, olive oil, chopped cilantro, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Place Flank Steak into the marinade and turn several times to coat.

  2. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours and preferably overnight. Turn the steak once while marinating.

  3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Place marinated steak onto the hot grill and cook 3-5 minutes per side, flipping once or until the steak has reached the desired doneness (145˚F for medium-rare and 160˚F for medium doneness).

  4. Remove from the grill, tent with foil, and rest 5-10 minutes then thinly slice against the grain.

Recipe Notes

*Use tamari soy sauce for gluten-free. 

Nutrition Facts
Authentic Carne Asada + Street Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 1025mg45%
Potassium 620mg18%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 467IU9%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Liz
    October 3, 2020

    How can i cook the steak if i don’t have access to a grill?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 3, 2020

      Hi Liz, I have only tested this on a grill. It may work on a flat top or a large cast-iron pan. If you test that I would love to know how you like it.

      Reply

  • Carla
    October 3, 2020

    The marinade for this recipe is absolutely delicious. I added diced jalapeño To give it some kick. Delicious!

    Reply

    • October 3, 2020

      I am so delighted that you enjoyed it, and yes I totally agree the marinade is a keeper!

      Reply

  • Niky
    September 30, 2020

    I would like to know what kind of tortillas would be the best for this delicious recipe.

    Thank you

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 30, 2020

      We love it with small corn tortillas!

      Reply

  • Toni Dash
    September 28, 2020

    This is such an amazing meal! I love how easy you can make this! Perfect for weeknights!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 28, 2020

      That’s so great! I’m so happy you enjoyed that Toni!

      Reply

  • Beth
    September 28, 2020

    This looks so tasty and yummy! Can’t wait to make this recipe!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 28, 2020

      I hope you love this recipe Beth!

      Reply

  • Rachael Yerkes
    September 28, 2020

    This is so good! Carne Asada is one of my favorites! You can use it in so many dishes. Our favorite for this is tacos.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 28, 2020

      Isn’t it the best!

      Reply

  • Maryam
    September 25, 2020

    looks so so good , can’t wait to try….thanks for sharing

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 25, 2020

      You’re most welcome! I hope you like it.

      Reply

  • Melissa
    September 24, 2020

    One of our go-dinners! A family favorite. Great recipe

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 24, 2020

      I’m so happy to hear that! That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Betsy
    September 24, 2020

    Delicious! Such great flavor! Perfect for our next taco night!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 24, 2020

      Thank you so much for your good comments and feedback, Betsy.

      Reply

  • Katie
    September 24, 2020

    Looks so good, can’t wait to try it!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 24, 2020

      It is so good, I hope you’ll love it!

      Reply

  • Miriam García
    September 24, 2020

    Thank you!!!! I’m Mexican and I love the recipe, and the toppings, I think onion and cilantro are the best toppings, now all you need is a Mexican salsa, I love your channel and I follow you for sometime now and I have made plenty of your recipes, thank you again

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 24, 2020

      You’re welcome, Miriam! I’m so happy you love this recipe! I want to know more about that Mexican salsa!

      Reply

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