Carne Asada Tacos


Carne Asada Tacos

Tacos de Carne Asada Española

In Spanish cuisine, Tacos de Carne Asada are a delicious and popular dish. This adaptation of the Mexican classic incorporates Spanish flavors and ingredients, resulting in a mouthwatering combination. The tender grilled beef, flavorful marinade, and traditional Spanish accompaniments make these tacos a true delight.

Jan Dec

15 minutes

10 minutes

1 hour 25 minutes (including marinating time)

4 servings


Gluten-free, Dairy-free (if omitting Manchego cheese), Nut-free, Low-carb (if using lettuce wraps instead of tortillas), Paleo-friendly (if using lettuce wraps instead of tortillas)

Garlic, Eggs (in aioli)

Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Kosher, Halal


While the Mexican version of Carne Asada Tacos typically uses Mexican spices and seasonings, this Spanish adaptation incorporates Spanish flavors such as paprika, saffron, and sherry vinegar. Additionally, the traditional Mexican toppings are replaced with Spanish accompaniments like roasted red peppers, Manchego cheese, and aioli. We alse have the original recipe for Carne asada tacos, so you can check it out.


  • Calories: 380 kcal / 1590 KJ
  • Fat: 20g (Saturated Fat: 7g)
  • Carbohydrates: 22g (Sugars: 2g)
  • Protein: 28g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    In a bowl, combine the olive oil, minced garlic, smoked paprika, saffron threads, sherry vinegar, salt, and pepper. Mix well to create a marinade.
  2. 2.
    Place the thinly sliced beef steak in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over it. Ensure the beef is evenly coated. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, allowing the flavors to infuse.
  3. 3.
    Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove the beef from the marinade and grill 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.
  4. 4.
    Warm the flour tortillas in a dry skillet or on the grill for a few seconds on each side.
  5. 5.
    To assemble the tacos, place a few slices of grilled beef on each tortilla. Top with roasted red pepper slices, grated Manchego cheese, a drizzle of aioli, and fresh cilantro. Serve with lime wedges on the side.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Beef steak — For the best results, choose a tender cut of beef such as flank steak or skirt steak. Make sure to slice it thinly against the grain to ensure tenderness.
  • Saffron threads — To enhance the flavor, soak the saffron threads in a tablespoon of warm water for a few minutes before adding them to the marinade.
  • Aioli — If you prefer a homemade aioli, you can make it by combining mayonnaise, minced garlic, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt.

Tips & Tricks

  • For extra flavor, marinate the beef overnight in the refrigerator.
  • If you don't have a grill, you can cook the beef in a hot skillet or under the broiler.
  • Customize your tacos by adding sliced avocado, pickled onions, or chopped tomatoes as additional toppings.
  • If you prefer a spicier kick, sprinkle some chili flakes or drizzle hot sauce over the tacos.
  • Serve the tacos with a side of Spanish rice and refried beans for a complete meal.

Serving advice

Serve the Tacos de Carne Asada Española hot, allowing everyone to assemble their own tacos according to their preferences. Provide lime wedges on the side for squeezing over the tacos to add a refreshing citrus flavor.

Presentation advice

Arrange the tacos on a platter, garnishing them with fresh cilantro leaves for a pop of color. Serve with the roasted red pepper slices and aioli on the side for guests to add as desired. The vibrant colors and enticing aroma will make these tacos irresistible.