Carne Asada Tacos


Carne Asada Tacos

Flavorful Carne Asada Tacos with a New Mexican Twist

In the vibrant world of New Mexican cuisine, these Carne Asada Tacos bring a delightful fusion of Mexican flavors and local influences. Tender marinated steak, charred to perfection, is nestled in warm tortillas and topped with zesty salsa and fresh garnishes. Get ready to savor the bold and spicy flavors of New Mexico in every bite!

Jan Dec

15 minutes

10-12 minutes

2 hours 27 minutes (including marinating time)

4 servings


Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Low-carb, Keto-friendly


Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Pescatarian, Halal


While the original Mexican carne asada tacos are typically seasoned with traditional Mexican spices, this New Mexican adaptation incorporates the unique flavors of the region. The marinade includes New Mexican red chili powder, which adds a smoky and slightly sweet taste. Additionally, the salsa is prepared with roasted green chilies, giving it a distinct New Mexican flair. We alse have the original recipe for Carne asada tacos, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 380 kcal / 1590 KJ
  • Fat: 18g (Saturated Fat: 5g)
  • Carbohydrates: 20g (Sugars: 3g)
  • Protein: 34g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Salt: 0.8g


  1. 1.
    In a bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice, minced garlic, New Mexican red chili powder, ground cumin, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.
  2. 2.
    Place the flank steak in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over it. Ensure the steak is evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results.
  3. 3.
    Preheat the grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.
  4. 4.
    Remove the steak from the marinade and discard any excess marinade. Season the steak with additional salt and pepper, if desired.
  5. 5.
    Grill the steak for about 4-6 minutes per side, or until it reaches your desired level of doneness. Remove from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing.
  6. 6.
    While the steak is resting, warm the flour tortillas on the grill or in a dry skillet for about 30 seconds on each side.
  7. 7.
    Slice the steak against the grain into thin strips.
  8. 8.
    To assemble the tacos, place a few slices of steak onto each tortilla. Top with diced tomatoes, diced onion, chopped cilantro, and diced roasted green chilies.
  9. 9.
    Serve the carne asada tacos with lime wedges on the side for squeezing over the tacos.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Flank steak — For tender and juicy carne asada, make sure to slice the steak against the grain to ensure tenderness.
  • New Mexican red chili powder — Adjust the amount of chili powder according to your spice preference. Add more for a spicier kick or reduce for a milder flavor.
  • Roasted green chilies — If you can't find roasted green chilies, you can use canned diced green chilies as a substitute.

Tips & Tricks

  • For extra flavor, squeeze fresh lime juice over the grilled steak before slicing.
  • If you prefer a smokier taste, you can add a pinch of smoked paprika to the marinade.
  • To make the tacos even more authentic, lightly char the tortillas on an open flame before warming them.
  • Customize your tacos by adding your favorite toppings such as guacamole, sour cream, or shredded cheese.
  • If you don't have access to a grill, you can cook the steak on a stovetop grill pan or broil it in the oven.

Serving advice

Serve the carne asada tacos hot, allowing everyone to assemble their own tacos according to their preferences. Accompany them with a side of Mexican rice and refried beans for a complete meal.

Presentation advice

Arrange the sliced steak, colorful toppings, and warm tortillas on a platter. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and lime wedges for an appealing presentation.