Think making carne asada sounds hard to make? Well I have good news for you, it’s not! Check out my recipe for super simple grilled carne asada tacos!
Quick Note: I will be leading a cooking class at Sprouts Farmers Market in San Diego featuring Sprouts brand beef on June 7th. If you live in the area, you can register here! All opinions in this post are my own.
Grilled Carne Asada Tacos…
They are the perfect dish to grill up for your next summer BBQ. First, carne asada tacos are total crowd pleasers. Just mention that you’ll be serving them at your party and notice to the reaction you get! Second, carne asada typically uses less expensive cuts of meats (flank or skirt steak) which means you won’t have to spend a fortune on food. Third, my recipe does not involve a lot of steps or fancy ingredients. After all, summer is about spending your time outdoors not in the kitchen.
Let’s talk ingredients…
The ingredients for my super simple grilled carne asada include flank steak, lime, olive oil. apple cider vinegar, cilantro, garlic, chipotle chili powder, cumin, and salt ‘n pepper.
I am so excited to be demoing this very recipe at Sprouts Farmers Market because it’s where I do most of my grocery shopping. In addition to their famous fresh produce section and bulk bin aisles, they also offer high quality meats. What makes Sprouts’ meat a cut above the rest is that their beef is USDA Choice, always fresh, never frozen, and of course, at a fraction of the price that you’d spend at a restaurant.
For this recipe, I used Sprouts’ brand flank steak, which is perfect for carne asada because it’s a thin cut that takes well to marinades. That means you can taste a lot of those awesome Mexican flavors. Also, it’s one of the leanest cuts of beef with only about 160 calories per 3 ounce serving!
A few important grilling tips:
- When using citric acid like lime, lemon or orange juice, avoid marinating for more than 1-2 hours. While these acids will tenderize meat, after a certain point, they begin to toughen the meat. And if you want to play around with your own marinade, you generally want about 1/2 cup of marinade for every pound of beef.
- Always let beef sit for 15 minutes after grilling it no matter how tempting it is to sample your creation. Otherwise you let all those wonderful flavors out.
- When cutting the steak, cut against the grain. Basically, you’ll see long fibers (not the grill marks). You want to cut perpendicular to them (or against them). When I first heard this, I’ll admit that I had to google it. So if you’re not sure what this means, head on over to google image for examples.
Whether you are a grilling aficionado or not, try making these super simple grilled carne asada tacos if you need a go-to recipe for your summer dinner parties or BBQs. Check out the recipe here!
- 1.5 pounds Sprouts brand flank steak
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 4 juiced limes
- 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro.
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 6-8 corn tortillas
- Extra virgin olive oil, for brushing
- 1/2 cup pico de gallo
- 1/2 cup avocado slices
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl or plastic ziplock bag.
- Add the steak and allow to marinate for 1-1.5 hours in refrigerator.
- Turn grill to medium-high.
- Once marinated, take steak out of refrigerator and let sit for 10 minutes.
- When the grill is hot, lay down the steak and grill each side for 4-6 minutes.
- Remove from grill. Let rest 10 minutes, then slice against the grain.
- To prepare the tacos, brush the tortillas with olive oil on both sides and warm on grill for 1-2 minutes.
- Assemble the tacos with steak, pico de gallo and avocado.
- If you plan on marinating the steak for longer than an hour, hold off on adding the limes till 10 minutes before grilling
- -You can replace flank steak with skirt steak
- -If you don't have chipotle chili powder, you can use paprika instead
What’s your go-to dish to grill? Share in the comments below! And if you make this recipe, let me know what you think!