Carne Asada Tacos

Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
Add'l 4 hrs
Total 4 hrs 20 mins
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These easy Carne Asada Tacos feature juicy marinated steak, thinly sliced and stuffed into tortillas. Add a smorgasbord of the toppings you love, or just use a few – either way, it’s an amazing meal!

Flame-Kissed Steak Tacos You’ll Crave

Are you in need of something a little different for your weekly taco night? Skip the ground beef, steer away from the chicken, and reach for some flank steak! Grilled carne asada (flank steak that’s been marinated in citrus, garlic, and other fun flavors) is the secret to a meal that’s just as easy as regular tacos, but tastes like you’re at a fantastic Mexican grill.

You can use any carne asada recipe that you like to make the steak, and you can make it the same day or in advance. I personally like to use this recipe for The Best Carne Asada, which features an incredible marinade made of lime, pineapple, garlic, cilantro, and more. It’s easy to throw in the fridge in the morning, and grill in the early evening for freshly-made carne asada tacos. It’s also easy to whip up the day before, making the next day’s dinner super quick.

From top left: Chopped cilantro, olive oil, seasonings, white onion, salt and pepper, white vinegar, lime juice, flank steak, cumin, pineapple juice, chili powder, maggi jugo, garlic.

The List of Ingredients

To make these tacos, all you need is your grilled flank steak, some tortillas, and the toppings of your choice. Here’s what my family enjoys:

Taco Ingredients

Fun Toppings

  • Guacamole: Store-bought is fine, or try this Authentic Guacamole Recipe that comes together in minutes.
  • Something Creamy: Such as sour cream, Mexican crema, or Cilantro Lime Dressing.
  • Something Fresh: Vibrant Tomatillo Avocado Salsa is a favorite, and so is classic Pico De Gallo.
  • Cilantro: Feel free to skip this, if you’re not a fan!
  • Red Onion: Again, this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so definitely omit it if you don’t like it.
  • Cheese: Crumbled cotija cheese or queso fresco would be awesome.
  • Hot Sauce: For a little kick.
Steak tacos on flour tortillas.

How Is Carne Asada Different from Steak?

You may be wondering if you can substitute sliced regular steak in these tacos, and the answer is definitely yes – but they won’t be the same. The reason is mostly found in the marinade. Carne asada is big and bold, thanks to all those spicy, tangy marinade ingredients. Plain steak is delicious, but not as aromatic and zesty.

It’s Time for Tacos!

Let’s talk about how you actually make the tacos. It’s incredibly easy, and very quick. Here’s the scoop:

  • Get the Steak Ready. First, of course, you have to prepare the Carne Asada. Again, you can do this on the day of, or ahead of time. Marinate and cook the steak according to recipe directions.
  • Prepare the Toppings. The next step is to gather and prepare any toppings. Make your guacamole, chop the onions, etc. You can do this while the steak is cooking, if you’re making the carne asada the same day.
  • Heat the Tortillas: For the best tacos, I highly recommend heating your tortillas (corn or flour!). I do this on a skillet on the stovetop. Just add a tortilla to a skillet over medium-high heat and cook it on each side for about 30 to 45 seconds. Then wrap with foil to keep warm for your tacos. This is quick and easy to do while the steak is resting.
  • Enjoy! Fill each warmed tortilla with steak and toppings of your choice! Enjoy!
Overhead shot of four tortillas on a large sheet of parchment, each one topped with meat, red onion, crema, and other toppings.

Tips for Success

Before you start putting your carne asada tacos together, I hope you’ll take a minute to read over these helpful tips. They really do make a difference in the quality of your dinner.

  • Homemade Tortillas: Homemade fresh tortillas (corn or flour) will make a big difference to your tacos! Take some time and make your own, if possible!
  • Heated Tortillas: Even if you use store-bought tortillas, heating them is a huge upgrade. A lot of times, the microwave is good for heating tortillas, but toasting them a little on the stove top will really bring out the best.
  • Simple or Complex: I love these tacos with lots of toppings, but they are also great if you narrow it down to just one or two, like cotija crumbles and red onion or tomato. Make things easy, and let the steak be the star!
A plate of carne asada next to several soft tacos.

Yummy Serving Suggestions

For me, a plate of tacos is great for a complete dinner. You’ve got some carbs, some protein, some healthy fat… but if you want to add a side dish or two, that’s a great idea as well! Here are some great ideas for easy sides:

Carne asada tacos propped against each other.

Storing and Reheating

Once assembled, carne asada tacos are best served immediately. If you do have leftovers, store them separately. The steak will last for about 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge, while the tortillas, sauces, and other toppings will last longer or shorter depending on their shelf life. Always check the package or recipe for safe storage advice.

Freezing Instructions

I don’t recommend freezing fresh, watery items like pico de gallo, chopped tomato, etc. Creamy sauces may not freeze well either. However, sliced carne asada will keep for 3 months in the freezer, wrapped tightly or sealed in freezer bags.

Yield: 6 Servings

Carne Asada Tacos

Three tacos stuffed with carne asada and topped with red onion, cheese crumbles and cilantro.

These easy Carne Asada Tacos feature juicy marinated steak, thinly sliced and stuffed into tortillas. Add a smorgasbord of the toppings you love, or just use a few - either way, it's an amazing meal!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

For the Tacos

Optional Toppings

Instructions

  1. Prepare the carne asada. Marinate and cook the steak according to recipe directions.
  2. Prepare the toppings. While the steak marinates/cooks, gather and prepare any toppings. 
  3. After grilling, allow the steak to rest wrapped in foil for 5 to 10 minutes. Slice the steak against the grain into thin strips. 
  4. While the steak is resting, I highly recommend heating your tortillas (corn or flour!). I do this on a skillet on the stovetop. Just add a tortilla to a skillet over medium-high heat and cook it on each side for about 30 to 45 seconds. Then wrap with foil to keep warm for your tacos. 
  5. Fill each warmed tortilla with steak and toppings of your choice! Enjoy!

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