Easy Carne Asada Tacos — EASY carne asada at home that rivals your favorite restaurant!! Tender juicy beef that’s seasoned to perfection and topped with pico de gallo and salsa make these carne asada tacos INCREDIBLE!!
Easy Carne Asada Tacos
If you’re craving carne asada tacos, look no further than this easy recipe for carne asada. The meat is tender, juicy, full of authentic flavor, and finger-licking good.
I served the carne asada in Ortega® Whole Wheat Tortillas that I lightly charred in a couple of seconds each over my indoor gas stove burner. Optional but a nice touch. The tortillas are perfect for tacos, burritos, fajitas, wraps, and quesadillas.
In addition to pico de gallo, I topped the tacos with a 30-second homemade blender salsa made with Ortega® Hot Diced Jalapeños, cilantro, and lime juice. You can substitute the jalapeños with Ortega® Diced Green Chiles if you prefer.
The salsa has plenty of kick, which we love. A little dab will do you. Extra salsa is great with tortilla chips.
Other salsa serving suggestions include Ortega® Mild Taco Sauce, Ortega® Flavor Craver Chipotle Taco Sauce, or Ortega® Flavor Craver Taco Ranch Taco Sauce. These taco sauces come in three delicious flavors — Taco Ranch, Jalapeño Lime and Chipotle — and offer a bold and creamy twist to any dish and complement an array of meal occasions including tacos, taco salads, dips and burgers.
For more than 100 years, Ortega has been committed to family mealtime by providing a wide range of authentic, high-quality products to make Mexican meals at home including salsas, dips, and refried beans. Not to mention America’s #1 Taco Sauce and Diced Green Chiles.
If you’re feeling like some extra lime flavor, serve the tacos with lime wedges and of course, avocado is always welcome.
Taco Tuesday will never go out of style, but with this easy carne asada recipe you can whip up these tacos even on busy weeknights. Now that the school season is upon us, getting delicious food on the table without hassle or fuss is the name of the game.
What’s in Carne Asada Tacos?
To make the carne asada marinade, tacos, and optional blender salsa, you’ll need:
- Flank or skirt steak
- Ortega® Taco Seasoning Mix
- Lime juice
- Olive oil
- Ortega® Whole Wheat Tortillas
- Fresh cilantro
- Ortega® Hot Diced Jalapeños
- Granulated sugar
- Taco toppings of choice
How to Make Carne Asada Tacos
Marinate the steak in lime juice, olive oil, and one packet of Ortega® Taco Seasoning Mix. Taco seasoning works perfectly as a shortcut since traditional steak taco seasoning would include cumin, garlic powder, and oregano, which is all found in taco seasoning.
Ortega offers high quality, great tasting Mexican food products designed to create an eating experience the whole family can enjoy together. Ortega transforms the ordinary meal into a festive, fun, and memorable occasion.
Allow the steak to marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, up to 8 hours, before grilling it. I used my outdoor grill but you can use an indoor grill pan or even cook it in a cast iron skillet if that’s what you have.
Make sure to allow the meat to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing it so the natural juices stay in the meat and not on your cutting board.
You can marinate the meat before work (longer marination) or if all you have is 30 minutes before grilling, that’s fine. Since the meat is so thin, it grills in minutes. While the meat rests, whip up the blender salsa like I do or use one of Ortega’s handy and flavorful sauces and dinner is served.
What’s the Best Meat for Carne Asada Tacos?
You’ll want to use flank or skirt steak. Your grocery store may even label the beef as ‘carne asada steak.’ Flank steak, which is what I used, is best cooked medium-rare while skirt steak can be cooked more well done.
Can I Prep Mexican Steak Tacos in Advance?
Yes! The steak can rest in the easy carne asada marinade up to 8 hours. You can prep the meat before heading to work and quickly assemble the grilled steak tacos when you get home.
Tips for the Best Carne Asada Tacos
Don’t let the steak rest in the marinade for longer than 8 hours. Because the carne asada marinade contains lime juice (an acid), it will begin breaking down the meat too much after 8 hours and you’d wind up with tough grilled steak tacos.
When making the salsa, add a pinch of salt and / or sugar to balance out the flavors, if needed.
For spicier Mexican steak tacos, use a spicy taco seasoning.
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Carne Asada Tacos
EASY carne asada at home that rivals your favorite restaurant!! Tender juicy beef that's seasoned to perfection and topped with pico de gallo and salsa make these carne asada tacos INCREDIBLE!!
Marinade and Tacos
- 1 pound flank or skirt steak
- one 1.25-ounce packet Ortega® Taco Seasoning Mix
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Ortega® Whole Wheat Tortillas, as necessary
- 1 bunch cilantro
- one 4-ounce can Ortega® Hot Diced Jalapeños (Ortega® Diced Green Chiles may be substituted)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup lime juice, or as necessary for consistency
- salt, if desired
- sugar, if desired
- Ortega® Mild Taco Sauce, Ortega® Flavor Craver Chipotle Taco Sauce, or Ortega® Flavor Craver Taco Ranch Taco Sauce may be substituted or used in addition to the blender salsa
- pico de gallo
- lime wedges
Marinade and Tacos:
- To a large zip top plastic bag, add the steak, taco seasoning, lime juice, olive oil, seal bag, squish contents around, and marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, up to 8 hours.
- Preheat outdoor grill to medium high (alternatively, use an indoor grill pan or cast iron skillet to cook the steak), add the steak, and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until as done as desired.
- Allow meat to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing into thin strips.
- Divide beef among tortillas as desired.
- To the canister of a blender, add the cilantro, jalapeños, olive oil, enough lime juice to get the blender going, and process on high speed until smooth.
- Taste the salsa and if desired, add a pinch of salt and/or sugar until desired flavor balance is achieved.
- Add as much blender salsa, Ortega prepared salsa(s), pico de gallo, and optional serving items to the tacos as desired and serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 657Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 1508mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 8gSugar: 7gProtein: 34g
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These were absolutely fabulous and I really love the marinade for the meat! It had a ton of great flavor. We got the deck finished but didn’t get the grill put back together before the rain hit so I ended up cooking the steak in my cast iron skillet. Crazy weather!
Thanks for the five star review Paula and I’m glad this had a ton of flavor! Sorry you didn’t get your deck done and couldn’t grill but sounds like it was no worse for the wear in your cast iron skillet.
I like this carne asada shortcut and recipe, every time I’ve made a more complicated version (oranges, etc, etc,) it tastes strange, so thank you for this version since I enjoy it even straight-up sans tortillas!
These (and fish tacos) are high on our list of favorites! We have a deck staining project going on this weekend so a Margarita and some of these already sound good for Saturday when we are all done (ok–hopefully all done)!
Oh my gosh what an undertaking!! I know how deck projects in the midwest are super important because very soon the weather could be bad and you need to get it done before that! Enjoy tacos and margaritas on the deck before the weather changes :) These were so good!