Main dish, meat

Carne Asada Tacos

carne asada tacos
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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.

Nutritional Information

8 Servings
Saturated Fat4g
Mono Fat6g
Dietary Fiber6g


1/2 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 & 3/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 lbs. flank or skirt steak, trimmed and cut into 3 equal portions
1 pound tomatoes, chopped
2-4 fresh jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely diced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 ripe but slightly firm avocado
juice of 1 lime
16 5- to 6-inch corn or whole-wheat flour tortillas, warmed
1/3 cup crumbled Cotija cheese, or other shredded cheese


  • 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.

  • Make salsa about 20 minutes (and up to 2 hours) before cooking the meat: Gently combine tomatoes, jalapeños (or chiles) to taste, onion, cilantro, avocado, lime juice and the remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl.

  • Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.

  • 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.