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!!

overhead view of a carne asada taco

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.

carne asada taco surrounded by various toppings and taco seasoning mix

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.

overhead view of two carne asada tacos with a dish of blender salsa

What’s in Carne Asada Tacos? 

To make the carne asada marinade, tacos, and optional blender salsa, you’ll need: 

two Mexican steak tacos surrounded by various toppings, tortillas, and salsa

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.

close up view of a grilled steak taco

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. 

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!!

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. 

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!!
Yield: 4

Carne Asada Tacos

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

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!!

Ingredients

Marinade and Tacos

Salsa

Optional Toppings

  • 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
  • avocado
  • lime wedges

Instructions

Marinade and Tacos:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Allow meat to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing into thin strips.
  4. Divide beef among tortillas as desired.

Salsa:

  1. 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.
  2. Taste the salsa and if desired, add a pinch of salt and/or sugar until desired flavor balance is achieved.
  3. Add as much blender salsa, Ortega prepared salsa(s), pico de gallo, and optional serving items to the tacos as desired and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 657Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 1508mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 8gSugar: 7gProtein: 34g

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