Take your taste buds to Mexico with a traditional carne asada taco recipe of flavorful steak topped with a fresh onion relish, & drizzled with spicy homemade salsa. Bet you can’t eat just one!
TRADITIONAL TACO RECIPE: CARNE ASADA
When you think tacos, the first filling that comes to mind may be ground beef or ground turkey. There is so much more that you can put in a taco, though! We love to fill ours with carne asada, which is strips of marinated flank steak.
Marinating can feel like a pain to wait for, but if you start this the night before, it will be totally worth your time.
Trust me, this carne asada is super flavorful and tender. The biggest challenge will be keeping yourself from eating all the steak while you are cooking it!
TRADITIONAL TACO RECIPE: HOMEMADE SALSA
Now, carne asada this good needs to be spiced up with something nicer than store-bought salsa.
This homemade salsa recipe starts by roasting chile peppers, jalapenos, tomatoes, onion and garlic. Roasting them, instead of using them fresh, gives the salsa a subtle smokey flavor that will make your taste buds sing!
The salsa is quite spicy, but you can reduce the number of dried chile pods to cut back on the heat.
TRADITIONAL TACO RECIPE: TOPPINGS
When it comes time to top your traditional carne asada tacos, you have a lot of options. We like to keep it simple with Cotija cheese and a fresh onion relish, but you can add any of your favorite traditional taco toppings.
For those who find the salsa too spicy, Mexican cheese, sour cream, or avocado can all help cut the heat. If you want some veggies, shredded cabbage and sliced radishes add a nice crunch.
Whatever you choose, make sure you plan enough for everyone to have seconds!
CARNE ASADA TACO RECIPE SUPPLIES
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Carne Asada Traditional Taco Recipe
Marinated strips of flank steak, a smokey homemade salsa, and your favorite toppings combine to create these delicious traditional tacos! Prep time does not include marinating overnight. Recipe from Food.com, used with permission.
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 limes, juice of
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- 3 pounds flank steak
For the Onion Relish
- 1 white onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 lime, juice of
For the Homemade Chile Salsa
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
- 1 white onion, quartered
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled
- 4 dried red chile pods
- 1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste
Assorted Other Toppings
- 1 (32 oz) package corn tortillas
- 2 cups grated Cojita cheese, (optional)
- 2 limes, wedged, (optional)
Marinating the Steak
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, soy sauce, minced garlic, lime juice, and olive oil. Season with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, oregano, cumin, and paprika then whisk until well blended.
- Place flank steak in a large glass baking dish, and pour marinade over the meat. Turn meat over to coat both sides. Cover dish, and marinate overnight, or for at least 6 hours for the best flavor.
- In a small bowl, stir together the ingredients for the relish, then cover and refrigerate.
Homemade Chile Salsa
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Toast chile pods for a few minutes, then soak in a bowl of water for half an hour. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Place the tomatoes, onion, jalapenos, and garlic cloves on a baking sheet, and roast for twenty minutes until toasted.
- Place roasted vegetables and chile pods into a blender or food processor, add salt and pepper, and puree until smooth.
Cooking the Carne Asada
- Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cut the marinated steak into strips. Cook, stirring constantly, until the meat is cooked through and most of the liquid has evaporated.
Assembling the tacos
- Warm the tortillas in a skillet or microwave to make them pliable.
- Arrange several tortillas on a plate and lay beef over them. Top with onion relish and salsa, as well as whatever other toppings you might like, such as Cotija cheese and a squeeze of lime.
20 thoughts on “Traditional Carne Asada Taco Recipe with Homemade Salsa”
Oh. My. Yum! This looks like a great recipe! I am going to come back to this for Taco Tuesday!
I usually cheat and buy already marinated carne asada – this looks WAY better! Can’t wait to try it!
It really is Allison! Although sometimes we all need a little shortcut at dinner time 😉
I am SO hungry now. This recipe is certainly entering my rotation this summer. Yum!
Oh my, these look so good! My hubby loves these type of tacos, so will definitely have to try these out!
I bet he’ll love them Jen. Let us know what he thinks!
Yum yum yum! I love these tacos!
Hooray! Thanks for commenting!
Such a delicious taco recipe, love the twist on a traditional taco with this carne asada taco recipe. Wouldn’t change a thing, yum!
I’m so glad to hear it Courtney! Thanks for letting us know!
This is totally going on my meal plan!
Yum these look so delicious! And your photos are beautiful 🙂
Thank you so much!
LOVE this carne asada recipe. Thank you!
Okay this is the best carne asada recipe ever!
I’ve always wanted to make carne asada at home. Thanks so much for the recipe!
These sound amazing!!! I have 2 boys and cant wait to make these for them! We LOVE carne asada and tacos!
Trying these tacos today can’t wait