Carne Asada Tacos with a New Nordic Twist


Carne Asada Tacos with a New Nordic Twist

Nordic-Inspired Carne Asada Tacos: A Fusion of Flavors

In the context of New Nordic cuisine, these Carne Asada Tacos offer a delightful fusion of Mexican and Scandinavian flavors. The traditional Mexican dish is adapted to incorporate locally sourced Nordic ingredients, resulting in a unique and refreshing twist. Get ready to savor the tender marinated beef, vibrant vegetables, and a touch of Nordic flair in every bite.

Jan Dec

15 minutes (plus marinating time)

6-8 minutes

2 hours 20 minutes (including marinating time)

4 servings


New Nordic, Gluten-free (if using gluten-free rye tortillas), Dairy-free, Nut-free, Low-carb


Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Keto, High-carb


While the original Carne Asada Tacos are typically made with Mexican spices and ingredients, this New Nordic adaptation incorporates Nordic flavors and locally sourced produce. The marinade is enhanced with ingredients like lingonberries, dill, and juniper berries, giving the dish a distinct Nordic twist. Additionally, the traditional corn tortillas are replaced with homemade rye tortillas, adding a nutty flavor and unique texture. We alse have the original recipe for Carne asada tacos, so you can check it out.


  • Calories: 350 kcal / 1465 KJ
  • Fat: 12g (Saturated Fat: 2g)
  • Carbohydrates: 30g (Sugars: 10g)
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    In a bowl, combine the lingonberry jam, rapeseed oil, apple cider vinegar, chopped dill, crushed juniper berries, black pepper, and sea salt. Mix well to create the marinade.
  2. 2.
    Place the sliced beef in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over it. Ensure the beef is evenly coated. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for maximum flavor.
  3. 3.
    Preheat the grill or a grill pan over medium-high heat.
  4. 4.
    Remove the beef from the marinade, allowing any excess marinade to drip off. Grill the beef for 2-3 minutes per side, or until cooked to your desired level of doneness. Remove from heat and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing it into thin strips.
  5. 5.
    Warm the rye tortillas on the grill or in a dry skillet for a few seconds on each side.
  6. 6.
    To assemble the tacos, place a few slices of the grilled beef on each tortilla. Top with sliced red onion, cucumber, and fresh dill sprigs.
  7. 7.
    Serve the Nordic-inspired Carne Asada Tacos immediately and enjoy!

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Lingonberry jam — If lingonberry jam is not available, you can substitute it with cranberry jam or red currant jam for a similar tart flavor.
  • Rye tortillas — Homemade rye tortillas add a unique Nordic touch, but if you can't find them, you can use whole wheat tortillas as a substitute.
  • Juniper berries — Crush the juniper berries using a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder to release their aromatic flavors.

Tips & Tricks

  • For an extra Nordic touch, serve the tacos with a side of pickled vegetables, such as pickled beets or pickled cucumbers.
  • If you prefer a milder flavor, reduce the amount of crushed juniper berries in the marinade.
  • To add a smoky element, grill the rye tortillas for a few seconds on each side before assembling the tacos.
  • Experiment with different toppings such as pickled red cabbage or a dollop of crème fraîche for added creaminess.
  • If you don't have access to a grill, you can cook the marinated beef in a hot skillet over medium-high heat.

Serving advice

Serve the Nordic-inspired Carne Asada Tacos on a platter, allowing everyone to assemble their own tacos. Accompany them with a side of pickled vegetables and a fresh green salad for a complete meal.

Presentation advice

Arrange the sliced beef, red onion, cucumber, and fresh dill sprigs in separate bowls or small dishes. Place the warm rye tortillas on a serving platter and let your guests build their own tacos, creating an interactive and visually appealing dining experience.