Two authentic carne asada tacos on a serving plate on top of a wooden table.

Authentic Carne Asada Tacos

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 -8
Marinated flank steak makes these authentic carne asada tacos the best we've ever had. Who needs a restaurant or vacation now?!


  • 1 1/2-2 lbs Flank Steak
  • 1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce we always use low sodium
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Fresh Oregano chopped (we used gourmet garden tube herbs found in produce)
  • 2 Teaspoons Lime Juice
  • 5 Cloves of Garlic minced

For the Tacos

  • Queso Fresco found in the cheese section
  • Pico De Gallo
  • Cilantro Chopped
  • 1 lime sliced in wedges
  • Guacamole we just used wholly guacamole from the store
  • Corn tortillas


  • In a large Ziploc bag, combine all ingredients and squish the bag to blend everything together.
  • Add the flank steak and place in the fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes up to overnight.
  • Heat a grill to medium high heat. Add the steak and turn down to medium heat.
  • Cook the meat for 6 min and flip for another 5-8 min. Flank steak does not have much fat so you really should serve this more like medium verses well done, otherwise the meat will be chewy instead of juicy.
  • Remove the meat from the grill to a cutting board and tent with foil for 6-10 min.
  • Slice thin and serve on a platter for build your own tacos.
  • Meanwhile, heat a griddle, grill or pan to medium heat and warm up (or cook) each side of the tortillas.
  • Fill your taco with meat, pico de gallo, guacamole, cheese, cilantro and a squirt of lime juice.


Queso fresco is a soft, crumbly cheese that is very mild and really delicious for Mexican food. You can find it in all grocery stores by the cheeses. Fresh corn tortillas are found by the cheese or produce depending on your store. They are so much better than any other corn tortillas but if you can't find them make sure you still warm up the tortillas, as they will taste better. We prefer to use the grill.
Nutrition Facts
Authentic Carne Asada Tacos
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 646 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Polyunsaturated Fat 19g
Cholesterol 198mg66%
Sodium 1702mg74%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 69g138%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.