Carne Asada Tacos


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Carne asada tacos are delicious flank steak, Mexican-inspired street tacos! Just load up your tortilla with juicy steak bites, avocado, onion, cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro.

Carne asada tacos on a plate.

I think we’ve firmly established (through the numerous recipes on this website) that I’m a lover of Mexican food. For me, Mexican food is all about fresh ingredients, bold flavor and simple spices. It’s unfussy, approachable and let’s be honest, it’s always the perfect cuisine for a party or good time.

So what’s the the perfect recipe for a party or good time? These carne asada tacos! They’re so easy to make with my citrus-y grilled carne asada. Just toss the meat on the grill, chop it up, pile it in a tortilla, and add a few toppings like my best ever guacamole!

Carne Asada Tacos Ingredients

All you need is a handful of ingredients for this recipe and ideally a hot outdoor grill. Though an indoor grill pan works just fine for the carne asada as well!

  • Carne Asada: I typically use flank steak when making carne asada, but skirt steak works as well. Make sure to read my carne asada recipe for tips and specifics on grilling the perfect steak! 
  • Avocado: I smashed plain avocado into the tortilla, but you could use guacamole as well.
  • Onion: Diced yellow, white, or red onions will work.
  • Lime: A squeeze of fresh lime juice is a must!
  • Cilantro: You can never go wrong with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.
  • Cheese: Cotija cheese is always my go-to for Mexican tacos.
  • Tortillas: I love to make my cassava flour tortillas, but any will do!

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

A plate with carne asada tacos next to limes.

How to Make Carne Asada Tacos

Once you’ve grilled your steak, let the fun begin! Just grab a tortilla and slather it with some avocado. No need for perfect avocado slices (carne asada tacos are not trying to be fancy). Just use a spoon to mash up the avocado and slather it on, as I show you in the video below.

Then, add a good helping of chopped carne asada, a sprinkle of cotija or queso fresco cheese, chopped onion and fresh cilantro. Squeeze some fresh lime on top and there you have it – perfect carne asada tacos!

Taco Topping Ideas

Besides the essentials listed above, there’s always room to jazz up your tacos. Here’s a few ways to do it: 

  • Fresh Sauces: Dollop some chunky pico de gallo or drizzle a little homemade salsa. For a creamy touch, you can add my zesty lime crema or spicy chipotle sauce
  • Cheeses: I love to use cotija cheese for tacos, but queso fresco or any Mexican blend will work.
  • Fresh Veggies: Thinly slice some radish for an extra fresh crunch.
Carne asada tacos next to each other on a plate.

Want More Taco Recipes?

I adore Mexican recipes, but tacos really are my love language. So I’ve got plenty for you to choose from!

And you can wash any of these tacos down with a classic margarita, strawberry margarita or mango margarita.

Carne Asada Tacos Recipe Video

While it’s easy to assemble these delicious tacos, it always helps to watch a quick step-by-step video. Give it a watch below!

If you make these carne asada tacos, let me know how they turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

A plate of carne asada tacos next to tortillas and cheese.

Carne Asada Tacos

5 from 24 votes
Prep: 2 hours
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 tacos
Author: Lisa Bryan


These carne asada tacos are the best steak tacos and bursting with flavor. They’re perfect for outdoor grilling, parties or even your next Taco Tuesday. Watch the video above to see how quickly they come together!



  • 1 recipe carne asada
  • 2 avocados
  • 3 tbsp cotija cheese
  • 1/3 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 6 tortillas
  • limes, for garnish


  • Grill the carne asada until it’s cooked to your preference. Slice it against the grain, then chop it into small pieces.
    Grilled carne asada sliced up on a board.
  • Use a spoon to mash the avocado and spread a large spoonful or two onto each tortilla. Then, top the avocado with chopped carne asada, a sprinkle of cotija cheese, some diced onion and fresh cilantro. Squeeze fresh lime juice on top.
    Carne asada tacos on a plate with limes and carne asada.

Lisa’s Tips


Calories: 514.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.3g | Protein: 35.4g | Fat: 30.7g | Saturated Fat: 9.3g | Cholesterol: 98.3mg | Sodium: 201.9mg | Fiber: 5.6g | Sugar: 0.9g
Course: Main Meal
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Carne Asada Taco Recipes, Carne Asada Tacos
Did you make this recipe?Mention @downshiftology or tag #downshiftology!

Recipe originally posted April 2018, but recently updated.

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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. This recipe is fabulous. The marinade for the carne asada was so tasty and the cooking method was spot on for medium rare skirt steak. The accompaniments for the tacos perfectly rounded out this dish. We will definitely make this again. Thank you!5 stars

  2. Made carne asada tacos for dinner tonight using your recipe for the marinade. It was simple. Followed the list of stuff for the tacos. They turned out absolutely delicious. Will keep this on our dinner menu for next week. Thanks!5 stars

  3. This is fantastic!  I’m not even done eating and I just wanted to thank you!  It was delicious with your carne asada recipe, lime juice, cilantro (I feel so sorry for people who can’t taste what we taste in cilantro), finely chopped onion, and cotija cheese.  I didn’t even want the salsa I put out. 

    Yum! ❤️5 stars

    1. Thrilled to hear you loved this carne asada recipe! Thanks so much for leaving a review Lucinda.

  4. Delicious 5 star and fast ! I just used a 10 in flour tortilla and loaded it up after frying it. The fresh cilantro is a must!5 stars

  5. Thank you so much for sharing the video of making my favorite carne asada tacos! I first tasted that meal in Mexico when I was on a business trip with my family. My boy had liked it so much and wanted to have that meal once again. As I searched how to make it, I found this. No doubt I’m going to make a dish of Carne Asada Tacos by this evening. Take love <35 stars

    1. Hi Ben- I’m so glad you were able to re-create carne asada tacos from Mexico for your son! :)

  6. What can you use instead of cilantro? I absolutely hate i.  These taco look awesome and want to try but with something else.  Any thoughts?

  7. I think this is one of the most significant info for me.
    And I am happy reading your article. But I wanna remark on a few general things. The
    website style is perfect, the articles are really nice : D. Good job, cheers!5 stars

    1. Hi Calator – Thank you so much for the kind words! Happy to hear you’ve enjoyed these tacos, as well as the rest of my website and recipes :)

  8. I made this for the first time tonight. Oh my! Talk about delicious! I followed the recipe to the letter except I had to use sirloin because my grocer does not carry flank steak. It was tender, flavorful, and as promised, it would be great in burritos, quesadillas or whatever! I will definitely make this again!5 stars

    1. Yay, I’m happy you loved the recipe Megy! It’s definitely one of my favorite recipes for the summer and there’s so much you can make with any leftover carne asada. Enjoy!

  9. I’m adding this recipe to our menu next week. These carne asada tacos look so fresh and tasty that they will be sure to please everyone.

    1. Thanks, Kelly! Yep these tacos are definitely something I try to eat regularly as they are soooo delicious!

  10. There is literally nothing better than a good carne asada taco! Thanks so much for this recipe to help me feel like I’m in Mexico!

  11. I love carne asada  tacos and all your topping ideas are my idea of perfection! I haven’t tried them with cassava tortillas though! I’ll have to try those soon!!

  12. I’ve seen (and eaten) a lot of tacos and these are the best tacos ever!! The flavors are spot on and I think I’ll take you up on the recommended margarita!

    1. Wow, thanks for the kind words, Pam! So glad you enjoyed the tacos! And yes, I’m always ready for a margarita! :)

  13. This is such a great alternative to a traditional taco!! I love the photos as well. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try and see what everyone else thinks too.

    1. Hi Adrienne – Thank you for the kind message! Yep perfect for cinco de mayo coming up soon! :)

  14. After a month in Australia – we all had a hankering for your Carne Asada taco, chips and guacamole.  Hit the spot beautifully. Having had opportunities to make them frequently, they were easy to put together with minimum fuss.  5 stars

    1. Welcome home Dot! Hope you had an amazing time in Oz! And I think whipping up some carne asada tacos, chips and guacamole sounds like the best way to get back in the kitchen at home. :) x

  15. I just discovered your website and YouTube about a month ago. I have been cooking healthy for my family with a focus on vegan dishes. I make a meat based dish about 1-2 times each week and decided to make these tacos. Let me tell you, they were delicious! I marinated the steak for 3 hours and pan seared it till medium rare. We had tacos one night and then deconstructed tacos over a bed of wild rice. So good! Thanks for the fantastic recipe!5 stars

    1. Thanks so much! I use a variety from VSCO for Lightroom, but then tweak quite a bit. :)

  16. What a delicious Carne asada tacos! I simply cannot wait to try it! Very interesting combination of ingredients. I am saving this recipe for later.5 stars

    1. Yes! These are great for parties and hosting a taco bar. Always a crowd favorite! :)

  17. What a great looking munch, Mexican food is pretty rare on this side of the Atlantic, so I love seeing your Mexican recipes!5 stars

    1. Thanks Brian! I’m such a Mexican food lover and seem to never be short on Mexican recipes. ;) Hope you enjoy them across the Atlantic!

  18. Gorgeous pics! I live in Los Angeles and love a good carne asada taco and these look incredible. Can’t wait to try them.5 stars

    1. Ahh, if you’re in SoCal then you definitely know a good carne asada taco when you’ve had one. ;) Hope this recipe lives up to the best you’ve had!

  19. These tacos look so amazing and love how you make everything from scratch. I cassava tortillas are my jam. and you are so right, mexican food is all about fresh produce and amazing flavors. I can’t wait to try your recipe!5 stars

    1. Thanks so much Rezel! And yes, even though it’s all from scratch it’s super easy too. Even better. ;) Hope you enjoy the recipe!