Published Jun 8th
Tacos de Carne Asada
Prep 20m Cook 10m Additional 4h Ready In 4h 30m
Servings 8 servings Calories 259.5

A sure crowd pleaser of flavorful steak with a southwestern twist! Serve with soft flour tortilla shells, lettuce, pico de gallo, and guacamole.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 pounds flank steak, trimmed of fat
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Combine jalapeno, garlic, kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon black pepper in a mortar. Grind into a paste.
  2. 2 Pour lime juice, orange juice, and vinegar into a glass bottle or lidded container; add garlic mixture and shake well. Place steak in a shallow bowl and pour marinade over. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until steak absorbs flavors, 4 to 6 hours.
  3. 3 Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.
  4. 4 Remove steak from the marinade and place on a cutting board. Season with salt and pepper and slice against the grain into thin strips.
  5. 5 Grill until slightly charred and light pink in the center, about 5 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 259.5
  • Carbohydrate 2.8 g
  • Cholesterol 35.7 mg
  • Fat 21.7 g
  • Fiber 0.7 g
  • Protein 13.7 g
  • Saturated Fat 5.3 g
  • Sodium 295 mg
  • Sugar 0.7 g

Chef's Notes

You can marinate for as little as 1 hour but do not marinate for more than 8 hours or the meat gets mushy; Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.


  1. I decided to make this on a whim and had all of the ingredients except fresh jalapeños. I did have a can of diced, so went ahead and used that, marinating for 6 hours. I thought the flavor was really good. After grilling (and resting), I diced into small pieces then thru them in a - Read more ...
  2. Brilliant! Utilized the ingredients to marinate a flank steak. We were seeking a greater Latin flavor especially with a lime component. Too many recipes opt for the vinegar as the main but this recipe well exceeded expectations. No changes made; grilled to a fine medium rare. Kids even raved about the flavor. Will save for - Read more ...
  3. My husband said it's the best I've made in a while- and kids loved it too. I used a shaved beef but the marinade was great! I added extra garlic and cilantro and topped with cilantro as well.
  4. This is my favorite kind of taco. In my area we use corn tortillas instead of flour and instead of topping with lettuce guac and pico we use cilantro raw chopped onion and green or red sauce. We also use the mini tortillas so we cut the beef into tiny cubes once it has rested. - Read more ...