Taqueria Style Tacos - Carne Asada

Total Time
8hrs 25mins
Prep 8 hrs
Cook 25 mins

This is a great recipe for authentic Mexican taqueria style carne asada tacos (beef tacos). These are served on soft corn tortillas.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Lay the flank steak in a large glass baking dish. In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, soy sauce, 4 cloves of garlic, juice of two limes and olive oil. Season with salt, black pepper, white pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, oregano, cumin and paprika. Whisk until well blended, then pour over the steak in the dish. Turn over once to coat both sides. Cover with plastic wrap, and marinate for 1 to 8 hours.
  2. NOW THE ONION RELISH: In a small bowl, stir together 1 chopped white onion, cilantro and the juice of 1 lime. Set aside to use as a relish for the tacos.
  3. FOR THE PUREED CHILE SALSA: Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Toast chile pods in the skillet for a few minutes, and then remove to a bowl of water to soak for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  4. Place the tomatoes, 1 onion, jalapenos and 4 cloves of garlic onto a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes, until toasted but not burnt. Place the roasted vegetables and soaked chile pods into a blender or food processor, along with salt and pepper. Puree until smooth.
  5. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cut the marinated flank steak into cubes or strips. Cook, stirring constantly, until the meat is cooked through and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  6. Warm the tortillas in a skillet for about a minute on each side to make them pliable. Tortillas may also be warmed in a microwave oven. Arrange two or three tortillas on a plate and lay a generous amount of beef over them. Top with a sprinkle of the onion relish and a large spoonful of the pureed salsa. Add as much cheese as you like. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.
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Update: We REALLY make this all the time. Every time we make it for company they ask for the recipe. I make it as posted. Seriously - only 13 reviews?! This recipe should be an all time favorite!!! Original review: I can't believe I haven't reviewed this. We make this frequently. I generally marinade this overnight in a ziploc bag. We then grill quickly, let it rest and eat it up with corn tortillas and a variety of toppings. Always incl onions and cilantro! thanks!

Gidget265 October 27, 2012

Just googled taco marinate & this website was the 2nd that came up. Recipe is awesome, its yummy but I was also very hungry at the same time. So far I had several pieces already by the time I write this review, I give this recipe 3.5 out 5.

Dave P. August 28, 2015

Love love love this! My all time favorite now. Thanks for sharing!

yeny cooks August 05, 2015