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Tacos Asada (Steak Tacos)

Once you try this recipe for authentic Mexican style steak tacos you’ll never try another. Perfect any time of year, for brunch, lunch or dinner, they’re incredibly easy to prepare and oh so delicious. They’re even great for when you’re entertaining a crowd. Just double or triple the recipe. In fact, these steak tacos or tacos de carne asada are so mouthwateringly delicious they’ll have you thinking you’re south of the border with every bite.  
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Turn your night into a fiesta and serve these tacos along with salsa, guacamole, tortilla chips, and margaritas!
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
2lbs Flank or Skirt Steak
Corn Tortillas or Flour Tortilla
Queso Fresco, Panela or other crumbing Mexican cheese
Pico de Gallo or Salsa
Chopped Onions
Cilantro
Slices of Lime
Ingredients For The Steak Marinade
5 Cloves garlic, minced
1Cup fresh cilantro leaves and stems, chopped finely
1 Jalapeño or serrano, seeded and minced (Use 1/2 for less heat)
2 Freshly squeezed limes
1 Freshly squeezed orange
1-2 Tablespoon Tequila or Mexican Beer (optional)
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 Cup olive oil
1 Teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
Directions
1– In a food processor or blender, mix all marinade ingredients. Blend until smooth.
2 – Place the steak in a glass or nonreactive baking dish and pour the marinade over the steak. Cover and marinate for 2-8 hours or overnight.
3 – For best results preheat an outdoor grill. The oven broiler or a cast iron skillet can also be used. Place steaks on the grill, season again with salt and pepper. Cook approximately 4-6 minutes per side.
– It is best to take steak off the grill just slightly under your preferred temperature. It will continue to cook while resting. Let it rest a few minutes tented loosely with aluminum foil. Once ready, slice steak into slices about 1/8-1/4 inch thick against the grain.
5 –  While steak is cooking, warm tortillas for about 30 seconds on each side in a skillet or on the grill. Stack the tortillas and move to the side or wrap in foil to keep warm.
6 – To assemble tacos add slices of steak, chopped onions, cilantro, pico de gallo and cheese to each tortilla. Finish with a squeeze of fresh lime and a dash of your favorite hot sauce.
7– As they say in Mexico, Buen Provecho! (Enjoy!)

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authentic mexican beef taco
Recipe: Authentic Mexican Tacos Asada (Steak Tacos)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Mexican, steak, tacos
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs flank or skirt steak
Marinade Ingedients
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, may sub avocado or grapeseed oil
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves and stems, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeño or Serrano pepper, seeds removed (Use 1/2 for less heat)
  • 1 orange, juice of
  • 2 limes, juice of
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tequila or mexican beer (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Building The Tacos
  • chopped onions
  • fresh cilantro, chopped
  • salsa
  • queso fresco optional
  • slices of fresh lime
  • corn or flour tortillas, warmed
Instructions
Marinating The Steak
  1. Place the steak in a glass or nonreactive baking dish. In a food processor or blender add all the marinade ingredients and blend until smooth. and pour the marinade over the steak. Cover and marinate for 2-8 hours or overnight.

  2. For best results preheat an outdoor grill. The oven broiler or a cast iron skillet can also be used. Place steaks on the grill, season again with salt and pepper. Cook approximately 4-6 minutes per side.

  3. It is best to take the steak off the grill just slightly under your preferred temperature. It will continue to cook while resting. Let it rest a few minutes tented loosely with aluminum foil. Once ready, cut the steak into slices about 1/8-1/4 inch thick against the grain.

  4. While steak is cooking, warm tortillas for about 30 seconds on each side in a skillet or on the grill. Stack the tortillas and move to the side or wrap in foil to keep warm.

  5. To assemble the tacos add slices of steak, chopped onions, cilantro, salsa and cheese to each tortilla. Finish with a squeeze of fresh lime and a dash of your favorite hot sauce.

  6. As they say in Mexico, Buen Provecho! (Enjoy!)