Carne Asada Tacos

Dinner

This carne asada tacos recipe is made with grass-fed beef from New Zealand. The skirt steak is marinated in lime juice, spices and garlic. It’s grilled over a super high heat, resulting in flavorful, earthy and delicious carne asada. Serve it with tortillas, avocado, salsas and cotija for a delicious dinner.

Carne Asada Tacos

New Zealand 100% Grass-Fed Beef

Last December, I took a 10-hour long red-eye flight all the way to New Zealand. I had never been and it wasn’t even really on my bucket list of places to visit. Boy, was I unaware of how amazingly beautiful and special it truly is.

I spent a full week visiting various sheep and beef farms all throughout the countryside. Loved it! I learned so much about how sheep and beef are raised sustainably, thoughtfully and grass-fed year-round on open pastures. The result is lean grass-fed lamb and beef that’s finely textured, super delicious and pure and natural.

What Is Carne Asada

Carne Asada is a Mexican dish that is made up of skirt, flank or hanger steak marinated and then grilled over high heat. It can be served all on its own OR be cut up and added to various dishes as an ingredient. I personally like to grill it up and serve it with warm tortillas and salsas.

Meat marinating

What Cuts of Beef Should be Used

You can use flank steak OR skirt steak. Flank steak is a bit more lean so it’s best when you cook it medium-rare. Skirt steak, however, has a bit more leniency due to its higher fat content and marbling. I find that medium to medium-rare is a great temperature.

How to Marinate Carne Asada

Some of the marinades vary but I kinda like going a more classic route with lime juice, vinegar, salt and spices. I’ve seen a lot of versions with orange juice and sometimes even soy sauce. All versions are delicious!

  1. This marinade couldn’t be easier because you simply whisk together all of the ingredients in a gallon plastic bag OR casserole dish and then add the meat.
  2. Super simple. I like to marinate mine overnight because it really tenderizes the meat and imparts the flavor of the marinade into it.

How To Cook Carne Asada Tacos

  1. I like to preheat my grill for about 10 minutes. You really want the grates to be hot.
  2. Grease the grates with a bit of neutral oil. And then add the meat to the grates.
  3. Cook on each side for about 2 to 3 minutes, for medium-rare. If you want it medium, I would go a bit longer, about 4-5 minutes per side.
  4. Let it rest for 10 minutes. This really holds in the juices.
  5. Then slice the meat against the grain. Serve it with warm tortillas, onions, cilantro, cotija and various salsas.

Tips and Tricks

  • I’m usually not a stickler about marinating but this recipe really deserves the overnight marinade. It imparts the perfect amount of tartness that is just SO good.
  • If you want to add a touch of sweetness, you can add the juice from half an orange.
  • You can chop up any meat that is leftover and add it to enchiladas, eggs…so many possibilities!

Overhead shot of carne asada plated

Carne Asada Tacos straight on shot

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Carne Asada Tacos

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5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time (Inactive): 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 35 minutes
Serving Size: 6
Calories: 80kcal
This carne asada recipe is made with grass-fed beef from New Zealand.The skirt steak is marinated in lime juice, spices and garlic. It’s grilledover a super high heat, resulting in flavorful, earthy and delicious carneasada. Serve it with tortillas, avocado, salsas and cotija for a deliciousdinner. 

Ingredients

Carne Asada Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup lime juice, (from 3 limes)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground paprika
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 green onions, trimmed and diced
  • 2 pounds New Zealand grass-fed skirt steak

Carne Asada Tacos:

  • 1/4 white onion, peeled and diced
  • Small bunch cilantro, diced
  • Flour tortillas
  • Guacamole, as garnish
  • Limes, as garnish

Directions

To Make the Carne Asada Marinade:

  • In a large bowl or casserole dish (you could also do this in a gallon plastic bag), add the lime juice, salt, cumin, coriander, garlic cloves, vinegar, olive oil and green onions. Whisk until smooth and combined. Add the skirt steak, making sure both sides are coated in the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap or a lid and transfer to the fridge to marinate for at least 4 hours, ideally overnight.

To Cook and Assemble the Carne Asada Tacos:

  • When you’re ready to cook it up, preheat your grill, on high, for 10 minutes. Remove the skirt steak from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel.
  • Grease the grates of your grill with oil. And then place the carne asada on the grill. Close the grill’s lid and cook on each side for about 3 to 4 minutes, for medium-rare. If you want medium, I would go for 4-5 minutes per side.
  • Remove from the grill and rest the meat for 10 minutes before slicing into it. Slice against the grain and garnish with a few pinches of flakey sea salt.
  • Assemble the tacos by adding a few pieces of meat to each tortilla, top with a small handful of white onion, minced cilantro, guacamole, radishes and cotija cheese.

Notes

Tips and Tricks 
  • I’m usually not a stickler about marinating but this recipe really deserves the overnight marinade. It imparts the perfect amount of tartness that is just SO good.
  • If you want to add a touch of sweetness, you can add the juice from half an orange.
  • You can chop up any meat that is leftover and add it to enchiladas, eggs…so many possibilities!
Equipment: 
Lemon/Lime Squeezer | Cutting Boards | Kitchen Towels | Measuring Cups | Measuring Spoons
 
CourseDinner
CuisineMexican
Keywordbreakfast tacos, carne asada, carne asada tacos
Serving: 6g | Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1167mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 387IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Reply George Gkoutzouvalos September 27, 2020 at 6:03 am

    5 stars
    As soon as I started reading this recipe, I knew it would be a winner, because using grass-fed beef as an ingredient makes a huge difference in taste and nutritional value. If an animal is fed and treated well, it will produce premium quality meat.
    Apart from marinating the meat and leaving it overnight, I can see that this is a quick recipe, so you can have a delicious meat dish in no time at all. It also has a very low calorie (80 kcal) content, which I also like.
    Great photos!

  • Reply KGL Staff September 24, 2020 at 2:28 am

    5 stars
    This was AMAZING !!! We had it for lunch, and already looking forward to leftovers for dinner. I made it in my Instant Pot… super duper easy! Thank you!