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Carne Asada Tacos

Savory with bright acidity and just the right amount of heat, carne asada tacos are bringing the taste of California tacos to dinner.  Easy marinade, quick cooking and super tasty!
Course tacos
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword carne asada, carne asada tacos, carne asade marinade, san diego carne asada
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Marinate 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 17 minutes
Servings 8 to 10 servings
Calories 216kcal
Author Lauren


  • ½ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 9 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 lime juiced
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 ¼ pounds flank steak
  • tortillas
  • cheddar cheese shredded
  • pickled cabbage
  • pico de gallo
  • avocado crema


  • Prepare the marinade.  In a ziplock bag or storage container, add the soy sauce, pineapple juice, lime juice, cayenne pepper and flank steak.  Marinate overnight or at least a minimum of 4 hours.
  • Remove the steak from the marinade. If the cut is thick, butterfly it and slice in to thin strips - about 1.5-2 inches long.
  • Heat grill pan or cast iron skillet over high heat.  Once hot, sear the steak pieces 5 to 7 minutes, stiring occasionally.  Remove from heat.
  • In a small skillet, warm the tortilla over medium heat, top with cheese and cover with a lid.  Heat for 1 to 2 minutes until cheese is melted and tortilla is just slightly crispy.  Top with you favorite taco toppings!


  • Marinate for a minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of 36 hours.
  • For a more intense marinade flavor, cut the flank steak before marinating.
  • If using a regular skillet (not a preseasoned grill pan or cast iron) grease the pan with a small bit of canola oil before add the steak.


Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 775mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 3mg