These carne asada tacos are a taco lover’s dream. The beef tacos turn out irresistibly tender and the flavors are scrumptious. This carne asada recipe will make you almost famous.
Carne Asada Tacos
I’m that girl you don’t want to stand behind in line at the taco counter.
I agonize a little over which fillings to get. Should I commit to chicken, beef, shrimp, or all the above? Wish I could try a sample. Of each one.
Should I go with the mild or spicy sauce? (Like, how spicy is spicy?)
Also, is today a safe day for raw onions? Because we all know not all days should include raw onions.
Lastly, would I like to add chips ‘n salsa? No. Actually, yes. Yes, please. Now I have to hit my 10,000 daily steps for sure.
The whole taco counter thing can be a tricky situation. Thankfully, these homemade carne asada tacos are not unpredictable at all.
This tender carne asada recipe is a clear choice every single time. It leads to instant joy of the palate, no questions asked. Once you sink your teeth into these flavorful tacos, there is zero regret.
WHAT CUT OF BEEF IS USED FOR CARNE ASADA?
Skirt steak or flank steak are popular choices for carne asada. I use either of those with delicious results.
Often, skirt and flank steaks can often turn out more tough/chewy than ideal, even when you “do everything right” and even when you slice against the grain. Thus, you want a marinade that will flavor and tenderize the meat. Read on.
MARINADE INGREDIENTS FOR TENDER CARNE ASADA Tacos:
- Soy sauce: We recommend regular strength soy sauce, as it’s the only form of salt you’ll be using. A good quality soy sauce like this is important, as it will provide much better flavor. If you need gluten-free, go with Tamari soy sauce. I use that exact Tamari soy all the time because of its purity in flavor. (You may need to add a pinch of salt if using Tamari, as it contains less sodium than regular soy sauce.)
- Freshly squeezed lime juice. Lime juice provides the citrus acid that will help in tenderizing the meat while adding flavor. Avoid bottled lime juice.
- Olive in the marinade will help it adhere to the beef, as well as assist in the browning during cooking.
- A bit of sugar balances out the flavors as well as helps the meat to brown on the grill.
- As always, we aren’t shy with the garlic. I use about 6 large cloves of minced garlic in the marinade.
- Dry seasonings include plenty of cumin, ancho chili powder, and onion powder.
- Power tenderizer: Kiwi. Not a typo. It’s magical for tenderizing meats, without leaving any trace of kiwi flavor. Just be sure not to include kiwi until that last 30 minutes of marinading.
What to serve with carne asada tacos:
It’s best to keep these Mexican beef tacos real and simple. A splash of lime, avocado, and cilantro are fantastic. When you’re talking homemade carne asada tacos, it’s always a good day for fresh onions.
Don’t forget the ‘ritas. This one’s a favorite for obvious reasons: 3-Ingredient Lemonade Margaritas