These Carne Asada Street Tacos are flavorful and easy to make. The first step is marinating the steak in a delicious chipotle sauce and then building the perfect taco with hot sauce and fresh salsa.
These carne asada tacos are packed with a ton of flavor, tender, and simple. The key to making carne asada so tender is by salting first, then letting it marinate in a delicious marinade for up to 24 hours. This homemade street taco doesn’t need to be paired with our bell pepper salsa because the carne asada has tons of flavor already. We like to add it because it adds sweetness and a nice crunchy texture with each bite.
Before making tacos, the first step is making the carne asada marinade with some basic ingredients like fresh orange juice, lime juice, white onion, garlic, chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, and spices.
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This street taco recipe is easy to make; the key is to salt the steak first and then marinate it overnight for a juicy and tender steak.
Salt the Steak.
Pat the thin-cut steaks with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. Then, season the surface of both sides of the steak with salt. Set aside to prepare the marinade.
Make the Flavorful Marinade.
Add the orange juice, lime juice, white onion, garlic cloves, jalapeno (seeded or deseeded), the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and the spices to a blender, and blend until fully pureed.
Marinate the Steak.
Add the salted steak to a zip lock bag or an airtight container and pour the marinade over the steak, ensuring the steak is covered completely. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours or up to 24 hours. The longer you marinate the steaks, the more flavor there will be.
Cook the Steak.
Remove the steaks at least 30 minutes before cooking to bring them to room temperature. This allows the steaks to cook evenly. Bring a pan or cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. Once hot, remove any excess marinade from the steak and place it on the hot pan. Sear the steaks for 3-5 minutes, then flip to sear on the other sides. Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 145°F on an instant-read meat thermometer.
Make the Bell Pepper Salsa.
Dice the bell peppers, red onion, and tomato flesh and add to a bowl. Mince the garlic, coarsely chop the cilantro, and add to the bowl.
Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and fresh lime juice and toss to combine.
Assemble the Street Tacos & Enjoy.
Warm up the corn tortillas, add cut carne asada pieces, and top with salsa, extra cilantro, lime juice, cotija cheese, and hot sauce, and enjoy.
Carne Asada should be cut after cooking, and to ensure each piece is tender and not chewy, slice the steak against the grain. Once sliced against the grain, cut the carne asada into small bite-size pieces for tacos.
If your steak was chewy, a couple of factors could be causing this. It could be the type of steak you are using and how long you cooked it for. Skirt steak can be tougher than flank steak because of the muscle fibers, but it also can be richer in flavor and juicer. If Skirt steak is cooked longer and well done, it will be very tough, chewy, and not enjoyable in a taco or quesadilla.
We always salt our steak before we marinate it to ensure we don’t have a tough and chewy steak.
Salt draws out the moisture in the steak, where it’s dissolved, creating a brine that is then re-absorbed back into the steak. The meat’s lean muscle proteins are broken down and made juicier and more tender.
Always use an instant-read thermometer to ensure doneness. We recommend cooking carne asada to medium at 145°F. Anything hotter will be well done, and the steak could be chewy and tough. When removing the steak from the heat, let it rest for a few minutes and always cut against the grain first before cutting it into chunks.
A street taco is a traditional authentic Mexican taco that is served on small corn tortillas with meat, onions, and cilantro. There typically is no cheese, tomatoes, or lettuce. We add fresh bell pepper salsa to our street tacos recipe, but you can easily omit it.
These Carne Asada Street Tacos are flavorful and easy to make. They have a delicious chipotle flavor and a clean and crunchy texture with the fresh salsa. Enjoy! ♡
Looking to pair this recipe with something else? Check out our other recipes before you go.
These street tacos pair well with our Bell Pepper Salsa, Salsa Fresca, Cherry Tomato Pico De Gallo, Avocado Pico De Gallo, and our Homemade Refried Pinto Beans.
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