Carne Asada Tacos

Carne Asada Tacos

10 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2012

These flank-steak soft tacos are so tasty and easy, they should be in everyone's repertoire. Plus they're made with fresh corn tortillas (not fried) and topped with a quick homemade salsa made with avocado, tomato, onion and a bright squeeze of lime.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2¾ teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 pounds flank or skirt steak, trimmed and cut into 3 equal portions
  • 1 pound tomatoes, chopped
  • 2-4 fresh jalapeño peppers or serrano chiles, seeded and finely diced
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 ripe but slightly firm avocado, diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 16 5- to 6-inch corn or whole-wheat flour tortillas, warmed
  • ⅓ cup crumbled Cotija cheese (see Tip) or other shredded cheese


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  1. Whisk vinegar, chili powder, oil, 2 teaspoons salt and garlic powder in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Add steak and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
  2. Make salsa about 20 minutes (and up to 2 hours) before cooking the meat: Gently combine tomatoes, jalapenos (or chiles) to taste, onion, cilantro, avocado, lime juice and the remaining ¾ teaspoon salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.
  4. Place the steak on a rimmed baking sheet (discard the marinade). Broil 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium. Transfer to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Thinly slice against the grain. Serve the steak wrapped in warm tortillas and topped with the salsa and cheese.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Marinate the steak (Step 1) for up to 1 day. Prepare the salsa (Step 2) up to 2 hours ahead.
  • Tip: Cotija cheese, also called queso añejo or queso añejado, is an aged Mexican cheese similar to Parmesan. Find it near other specialty cheeses or in Mexican grocery stores.
  • Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.
  • To warm tortillas, wrap in barely damp paper towels and microwave on High for 30 to 45 seconds or wrap in foil and bake at 300°F until steaming, 5 to 10 minutes.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 tacos
  • Per serving: 350 calories; 14 g fat(4 g sat); 6 g fiber; 28 g carbohydrates; 29 g protein; 52 mcg folate; 76 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 802 IU vitamin A; 16 mg vitamin C; 112 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 433 mg sodium; 773 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (27% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch 1 vegetable, 4 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 10

September 18, 2016
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By: Dawn
My local grocery store did not have flank or skirt steak so I used round steak and it turned out really tough. The salsa was excellent. Next time I will try a different cut of beef and marinade it longer.
September 02, 2016
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Delicious with queso fresco! The cut of steak I used was a bit thicker so it required more than the suggested time, and I used two avocados as well as red onion in the salsa. I served it with rice and beans and my family loved it!
May 21, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Make the salsa Made these for dinner, very tasty. The salsa is quite good; obviously you must make it with good tomatoes. Mine were grape tomatoes packed with sweet flavor. I ended up marinating for 48 hours, and also I used steak already sliced up. Next time I'll try just doing the whole steak, then slicing after broiling, since mine was a bit overdone. Used mild feta since I couldn't find cojita. Yummy! Pros: Tasty, easy Cons: requires time to marinate
January 26, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Incredible I've never posted a recipe review before online but this one was just so good and easy to make I had to. The combination of the flavors was as good as any of those trendy taco joints. Marinated the flank steak for about 20hrs and cooked it over a hot grill till my thermapen read 120F in the thickest part and let sit for 5 mins before cutting thin. Though the meat tasted a bit salty by itself, once combined with the salsa, it just popped. The only changes I made were to the cooking, using white flour fajita size tortillas, adding shredded romaine lettuce, and using monterey jack cheese as my local grocer didn't carry cojita.
September 15, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
The recipe for these carne asada tacos calls for corn tortillas but the picture shows FLOUR tortillas.
May 17, 2012
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By: mallory.finnegan
So much amazing flavor This was one of the best recipes I've made from I actually used chicken breast instead of the steak b/c it was what I had in the fridge, but everything still turned out fantastic! The other reviewers are right about the salt - I read those before hand so I didn't actually end up using any salt and it was just fine. The salsa is so simple and delicious and I made a big batch which lasted for 3 days. Next time I will definitely pick up some steak to make this. Pros: Tangy, spice, freshness Cons: A bit salty
April 17, 2012
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By: Divemistress
Awesome flavor! We made the tacos as stated but instead of the salsa because I have picky kiddos, we used sauteed green pepper and onions. The marinade was a bit salty but over all amazing flavor. Will try with salsa when the picky ones are out of the home... Pros: a bit salty
January 25, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Perfect Tacos :) This was a great recipe for tacos. My boyfriend and I even made our own corn tortilla chips to go with! The only complaint is that the salsa just called for too much salt - it is maybe only using a half a tablespoon of salt would be better. Pros: Healthy, Not too Spicy, Quick Cons: Too Much Salt
January 15, 2012
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By: FitnessLovingMom
I thought it would be good, but it was AMAZING, spectacular, and PERFECT!!!!!!! I used beef tender loin instead of flank steak, it is just my preference. This recipe is easy to make and is so delicious, the combination of flavors was genius!!!!! I will make this again and again. My husband said that it was by far the best thing you have ever made! I have been cooking 3 meals a day for him for 15 years so that is a HUGE endorsement!!!! I used far free shredded cheddar for myself and Kraft mexican four cheese blend for my family. LOVED this so much!!!!!!! Pros: Easy to make, item were all easy to find at the store, amazing taste!!!! Cons: You must remember to marinate the steak,.
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