Grilled Carne Asada Tacos Recipe

whiskeyandwings August 28, 2017 0
Grilled Carne Asada Tacos Recipe


  • About 2 lbs skirt steak
For the marinade:
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 minced jalapeno peppers, one with seeds and one without
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns, cracked (see note)
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
For serving:
  • 8-10 soft tacos (I used flour)
  • Chopped white onion
  • Cheese
  • Guacamole, or avocado slices
  • Chopped cilantro


  1. Place whole skirt steak in a container (it’s okay for the steak to be folded over on itself to fit in there). Combine all marinade ingredients and pour in container over skirt steak. Cover and refrigerate for preferably 2 hours, but 1 hour will work if you’re pressed for time.
  2. Brush the grill grates with oil before you add the steak. Heat the grill to medium-high heat (in the 400-450 degree F range). Once heated, add the steak in a single layer and allow it to cook with the lid closed for about 7-10 minutes, before flipping over and cooking for another 7-10 minutes on the other side.
  3. To check for doneness, insert an instant read meat thermometer about 1/2″ into the thickest part of the steak. You’ll want the temperature to reach 145 degrees F for about a medium-rare doneness. Because skirt steak is a thin cut of meat, you don’t have to worry too much about the temperature rising after it’s removed from the grill.
  4. Take the steak off the grill and allow to sit for just a minute or two. Meanwhile add tortillas to the grill and let them heat until grill lines begin to form. Flip and repeat on the other side, and then remove.
  5. Using a sharp knife, cut the steak into thin slices diagonally against the grain. You can use these strips as-is for the tacos, or cut into smaller chunks to cut down on any chewiness as you bite into the tacos (personal preference!).
  6. Top tortillas with carne asada and all your favorite toppings.

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