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1/12/2021

Easy Carne Asada Tacos



These tender and lightly charred Carne Asada Tacos will have you coming back for more. This simple and deliciously fresh carne asada marinade is also great for burritos or fajitas! 

Carne Asada Tacos

This flavorful grilled meat adds an element of intense deliciousness to any and everything it touches, whether it’s served as a stand-alone entree, used to top a tostada or taco salad, or incorporated in a burrito.  Carne Asada Tacos are a popular Mexican street dish. 



Carne asada is a dish of grilled and sliced beef, it is usually cooked with some searing to impart a charred flavor. Rice, beans, flour tortillas, and a Margarita will make weekend grilling a celebration. 

How to Make Carne Asada Tacos

Meat - Skirt Steak or Flank Steak is recommended. 
Skirt steak is a cut of beef steak from the short plate. It is long, flat, and prized for its flavor rather than tenderness. 
For flank steak, 4-12 hours is the optimal time to marinate this steak. After 4 hours, the flank steak has absorbed a lot of the flavor but by 12 hours it will have become even more tender. I recommend marinating the steak for a maximum of 12 hours.

  • Sprinkle salt and freshly ground black pepper on steaks
  • Place meat in a glass baking dish( do not use a metal pan). Combine marinade ingredients together and pour over meat.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  • When the grill is ready, remove the steak from the marinade and let the excess marinade drip off. Discard the marinade.
  • Place the steak over the hottest area of the grill. Be careful the oil will cause the grill to flame up. Allow a few flames to lick the meat and then cover.

  • Grill the steak for a few minutes only, until well seared on one side (the browning and the searing makes for great flavor), then turn the steak over and sear on the other side.
  • If you can't grill your steak due to the weather,  I use an indoor smokeless grill.   I live in Montana, weather can change in 5 minutes from nice to snowing.
  • Place steak on cutting board, let rest for about 5 minutes. The reason it needs to rest is that the juices need time to redistribute, otherwise it will just flow away, leaving you with a brown, overcooked piece of meat





Carne Asada Tacos

Slice thinly against the grain, and serve immediately.  Serve with your favorite pico de gallo and our pickled onions, which are addicting!


Other ways to Serve Carne Asada

Carne Asada Burrito - Roll up your Carne Asada in a flour tortilla filled with guacamole, pico de gallo, and Mexican rice.

Carne Asada Salad -  Mexican rice as the base, layered with Pico de Gallo, roasted corn, queso fresco, avocado slices, then Carne Asada with a Cilantro Lime Dressing.

Carne Asada served with rice, refried beans, and a warm flour tortilla.


Carne Asada Tacos

 


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Carne Asada Tacos
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Carne asada is thinly sliced beef, either flank or skirt steak, that is marinated for at least 4 hours and typically grilled to achieve a generous amount of charring.

Ingredients:
    Marinade
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano chile pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Meat
  • 2 pounds of skirt steak ( flank steak, tenderloin steak, ribeye steak can be substituted)
Instructions:
  1. Sprinkle salt and freshly ground black pepper on steaks
  2. Place meat in a glass baking dish( do not use a metal pan). Combine marinade ingredients together and pour over meat.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  4. When the grill is ready, remove the steak from the marinade and let the excess marinade drip off. Discard the marinade.
  5. Place the steak over the hottest area of the grill. Be careful the oil will cause the grill to flame up. Allow a few flames to lick the meat and then cover.
  6. Grill the steak for a few minutes only, until well seared on one side (the browning and the searing makes for great flavor), then turn the steak over and sear on the other side.
  7. Place steak on cutting board, let rest for about 5 minutes. Slice thinly against the grain, and serve immediately
  8. Warm-up a corn tortilla or flour tortilla, place Carne Asada, Pico de Gallo, Pickled Red Onions, or Guacamole on top, and enjoy!

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