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Carne Asada Tacos

The BEST Carne Asada Tacos you’ll ever eat. Classic thinly sliced skirt steak marinated in an easy 7-ingredient marinade and seared in a hot skillet. Carne Asada Tacos are served in a warm corn tortilla and topped with traditional ingredients like cilantro, diced onions, freshly squeezed lime juice, and hot sauce
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beef skirt steak marinade, carne asada tacos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Chill 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 16 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 206kcal


  • 2 lb skirt steak, thinly sliced see notes
  • tbsp asada seasoning
  • 1 orange juiced
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1 cup oil
  • 10 small corn tortillas
  • hot sauce


  • Combine oil, orange juice, garlic, seasoning, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and cilantro in a large ziplock bag or bowl.
  • Cut skirt steak into 1-inch wide by 4-inch long stripes. Place into marinade.
    NOTE: Use skirt steak that is very very thinly sliced, almost shaved. If it is not, prepare the meat by thinly slicing it.
  • Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight. TIP: The longer it marinates, the deeper the flavor.
  • Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat.
  • Remove meat from marinade and place beef in skillet and sear until golden brown; about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Rest carne asada for 5 minutes then chop.
  • Serve in a warm tortilla with cilantro, onions, lime juice, and hot sauce.


I recommend using skirt steak from a Mexican grocery store. While other stores do carry this type of beef, it’s sliced very thinly (almost shaved) and cooks in just a matter of minutes.
NOTE: Using a thick hunk of skirt steak will take longer to cook and may taste different as well as have a different texture. If it's the only kind available, use a very sharp knife to nearly shave it.


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg