The Ultimate Carne Asada Recipe for a Flavourful Fiesta

Apr 30, 2024

Whether you’re looking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo or an upcoming Taco Tuesday, this bold & festive carne asada will help you do so in style (and with happy taste buds). With a flank steak or skirt steak and some simple ingredients, you can create the perfect protein for whatever Mexican dish your heart desires. A citrusy, smoky marinade helps elevate the meat to create restaurant-quality tacos, burritos, nachos, fajitas and more. For this recipe, we’re focusing on Mexican-style street tacos.


1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño seeded and minced (increase or decrease based on desired spice level)
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt


Flank steak or skirt steak (1-2 lbs recommended, depending on how much meat you want!)
Corn tortillas


Hot sauce (we recommend our jalapeño hot sauce!)
Diced white onion
Cotija cheese
Avocado or guacamole
A squeeze of lime juice


  1. In a bowl, whisk together the lime juice, orange juice and olive oil.
  2. Add the minced garlic, jalapeño, white vinegar and chopped cilantro to the mixture.
  3. Season with cumin, smoked paprika, black pepper and salt. Stir until well combined.
  4. Place your beef (we recommend skirt steak or flank steak) in a shallow dish or a resealable plastic bag.
  5. Pour the marinade over the beef, making sure it Is well-coated on all sides.
  6. Seal the dish or bag and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 4 hours for deeper flavour.
  7. When ready to cook, remove the beef from the marinade and grill to your desired doneness.
  8. Let rest for about five minutes and slice against the grain. Dice the pieces smaller to fit better in tacos if you prefer.
  9. Scoop a bit of meat into each tortilla (tip: double up the tortillas to make your tacos a bit sturdier) and top with your desired toppings, including our  jalapeño hot sauce.

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