Carne Asada Street Tacos - These whip up quickly and are so full of authentic flavor.

Street Tacos

Street tacos are AMAZING!  If you have never eaten one you must give this a try.  My husband has raved about these for years.  He wanted to try and make them ourselves.  So easy, I mean really really easy!  

When he lived in Imperial Beach, California, there were several times when he would cross the border into Tijuana specifically to get these tacos. He said that on almost every street corner you could find a guy making these.

From such simple ingredients comes an authentic taste that can’t be beaten. He actually dug up a pic from all those years ago:

The author of this post enjoying street tacos in Mexico.
Enjoying street tacos in Tijuana, Mexico

If you are lucky enough to have a Hispanic market or grocery near you it is a MUST that you purchase fresh corn tortillas.  It makes a huge difference. You cannot even compare fresh tortillas to prepacked store-purchased ones. Taco Tuesday Mexican food at its best!

What’s the difference between a street taco and a regular taco?

A street taco is a traditional Mexican taco, which is served on a corn tortilla with meat, onions, and cilantro. Typically there is no cheese, tomatoes, or lettuce on Mexican street tacos.

Street Tacos in a brown paper lined red basket.

What You’ll Need

  • Flank steak – You can also use skirt steak, round steak, or sirloin steak.
  • Olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, cilantro, cumin, garlic cloves, salt, and black pepper

Variations

Try it using chicken breasts or chicken thighs. Just follow the recipe as instructed.

Toppings

Authentic Mexican street tacos are served with a topping of freshly chopped onions, cilantro, and lime wedges.

But if you like you can top them with some of the following suggestions.

How to Make Carne Asada Street Tacos

Marinate the steak for a few hours: chop cilantro, onions, and lime wedges.

Place the flank steak in a large plastic storage bag

In a small bowl mix olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper. Pour over meat in the bag and refrigerate for a few hours. (We marinated for 2 hours)

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Grill for 3-5 minutes per side. During the last few minutes, place the tortillas on the grill to lightly char them.

Remove cooked steak from the grill, and thinly slice against the grain.

Carne Asada Street Tacos in a brown paper lined red basket.

Warm the tortillas and top with the onions and cilantro and serve.

Carne Asada Street Tacos - These whip up quickly and are so full of authentic flavor. by Don't Sweat The Recipe

Street Tacos Recipe

Carne Asada Street Tacos whip up quickly and are so full of authentic flavor. Simple ingredients, easy prep, easy cook and you have a perfect street taco.
4.70 from 13 votes
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Course: Beef, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword: beef, carne asada, quick, street, street tacos, tacos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 231kcal
Author: DSTR

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound Flank or skirt steak
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Orange juice
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 4 – 5 cloves Garlic, cracked

Instructions

  • Place the flank steak in a large plastic storage bag
  • In a small bowl mix olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper. Pour over meat in the bag and refrigerate for few hours. (we marinated for 2 hours)
  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  • Grill for 3-5 minutes per side. During the last few minutes, place the tortillas on the grill to lightly char them.
  • Remove cooked steak from the grill, and thinly slice against the grain.

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 645mg | Potassium: 556mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 3mg

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12 Comments

  1. Love this. Cannot find any taco trucks this time of year in minnesota. I have made with skirt steak and tried with chicken. Both are amazing. Easy to do and quick. I make on a regular stove, looking forward to trying on the grill this summer.5 stars

  2. Tried this recipe last night……Awesome! Kids ask were I found a taco truck! Thank you soooo much for posting it. We have traveled the country extensively and taco trucks are my families first choice in food but we have never been able to copy any recipes. I’ve sent it to everyone i know! Thanks again.5 stars

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