The best Carne Asada Tacos are so easy to make at home with a simple & flavorful marinade recipe of fresh lime juice, chipotle pepper powder, cumin, cilantro and garlic!
Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at the California Beef Council.
When I was asked to join the “Feed Me!” Podcast as a featured guest on an episode about tacos, I couldn’t say yes fast enough!
I live in San Diego, just about 20 minutes from the Mexico border and people here take carne asada tacos very seriously. The key to a great carne asada taco is incredibly flavorful meat and simple, fresh toppings.
The Best Carne Asada Tacos
To make the best carne asada tacos you’ll need a skirt steak, a delicious carne asada marinade, consisting of fresh lime juice, cumin, chipotle powder, salt, cilantro and garlic, tortillas to serve the tacos on and cilantro and diced onion as toppings.
There’s a debate about radishes, I say, it’s your call! I’m not on the radish train, but some people say that radishes are an absolute must on carne asada tacos. If you haven’t tried them, I say, toss a couple on, then decide for yourself!
And if you’re like me and totally obsessed with avocados, you can throw some sliced avocado on top as well. It’s your taco people, do what you love!
What kind of meat is carne asada?
A skirt steak is generally the cut of meat used to make carne asada. A flank steak can be substituted if a skirt steak cannot be found.
What does Carne Asada mean?
Carne asada means grilled meat.
What is a street taco?
A street taco is a smaller taco, usually served on corn tortillas with just meat, cilantro and onions.
Don’t forget to tune in to the Taco Episode on the “Feed Me!” podcast to learn more about my favorite tacos, my greatest taco hack and the weirdest ingredient I’ve ever eaten in a taco!
Visit CalBeef.org for more great beef recipes and check out a few of my personal favorites below!
- Slow Cooker Beef Ragu
- Instant Pot Italian Beef with Tomato Basil Bruschetta
- Buffalo Taco Spaghetti with Ground Beef
- Instant Pot Thai Beef
- Kung Pao Beef & Noodle Bowl
Tools & Pantry Items used to make these Carne Asada Tacos:
- Outdoor Grill – for summer grilling
- Indoor Grill – for off-season grilling
- Grilling Tongs
- Ziplock Bags
- Cutting Board
- Chefs Knife or Electric Knife
- Chipotle Pepper Powder
- Ground Cumin
Chipotle Lime Carne Asada Tacos
- 2 lbs skirt steak
- ⅓ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
- ½ tbsp sea salt
- ½ tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp ground chipotle pepper
- ¼ cup cilantro chopped
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 8 small corn tortillas
- Onions diced
- Cilantro chopped
- Radishes sliced
- Avocado sliced
Add the skirt steak to a large ziplock bag with the lime juice, sea salt, cumin, ground chipotle pepper, cilantro and garlic.
Toss to coat the skirt steak, place in the refrigerator and marinate for 30 minutes.
Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Place the steak on the grill, grill for 7-9 minutes per side.
Remove from the grill and rest on a cutting board for 5-10 minutes.
Use a sharp knife or electric knife to thinly slice the carne asada against the grain.
Heat the tortillas on the grill for 30 seconds per side.
Serve the carne asada in the tortillas with your choice of toppings.