Carne Asada Tacos

Carne Asada Tacos

Carne Asada literally translates to “grilled meat”. To use this steak to create the delicious Carne Asada Tacos below, I prefer grilling the meat to medium. I also sometimes serve this versatile Latin American steak as a main, cooked medium-rare, and served alongside my Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad.

For tender results, look for flap steak in Latino markets or request it from your butcher. (In some areas, it’s called sirloin tip.)

As a more economical alternative, skirt steak is an excellent thin cut that comes in strips, which marinate easily and are perfect for searing over the barbecue.

Makes: 6 servings
Free of: gluten and all top allergens


  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano chili pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) firmly packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt, plus additional as needed freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh-squeezed lime juice (2 limes)
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh squeezed orange juice (1 orange)
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) olive oil
  • 2 lb flap steak or skirt steak


Meat and Marinade

  1. For the marinade, turn food processor on and drop in garlic then chili pepper to finely chop. Turn processor off, add cilantro and pulse a few times until chopped. Add cumin, oregano, chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few turns of pepper and turn processor on. With machine running, pour in juices, vinegar and honey. Slowly add oil in a steady stream until pureed.
  2. Put steak in a shallow ceramic or glass baking dish. Add marinade and turn streak to coat evenly on all sides. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 8 hours.
  3. Heat grill on high and brush grates with oil.
  4. Remove meat from marinade letting excess drip off. Lightly season both sides of meat with salt and pepper. Grill 3-4 minutes per side, lid closed, for medium rare. A thermometer inserted horizontally into the steak should read 140° F and it will have a deep pink center. For medium, cook 1-2 minutes more, lid closed.
  5. Remove meat to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes. Thinly slice against the grain.

Soft Tacos

  1. Heat 12 gluten-free, soft corn tortillas on grill, 30 seconds per side. Double up tortillas on 6 plates and top with cooked Carne Asada strips.
  2. Garnish with condiments of choice, such as minced white onion, dairy-free cheese alternative shreds, pico de gallo or salsa, shredded lettuce, guacamole or diced avocado and coarsely chopped cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

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