Carne Asada Tacos



Serving size

3 tacos
30 Minutes
<2 hours (overnight is best)

This recipe can be multiplied and the cooked beef makes great leftovers, hot or cold.

Carne Asada Tacos


2 tsp. Olive oil
4 tsp. Low sodium soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari sauce)
1 lime yields Lime juice, raw
1 Tbsp. Apple cider vinegar
2 tsp.. Honey
1/2 tsp., ground Black pepper
1/4 tsp.. Ground cumin
2 clove Garlic, raw
1 pepper Jalapeno pepper (stemmed and seeded)
1/2 cup Coriander (cilantro) leaves, raw
8 ounce Beef flank steak (cut into thin strips)
4 leaf outer Romaine lettuce (thinly sliced)
6 tortilla, medium (approx 6 inch dia) Corn tortillas
1/2 medium Avocados, raw (sliced)
4 ounce Tomatoes (coarsely chopped)


Place the olive oil, soy sauce, lime juice, vinegar, honey, pepper, garlic, jalapeno and cilantro in a blender or mini chopper and process until smooth.

Place the marinade into a container (a ziplock bag works great!) and add the strips of flank steak.

Toss well to coat the meat with the marinade.

Marinate at least two hours (preferably overnight).

When ready to serve, place a pan over high heat.

When the pan is hot, add the strips of beef and the marinade to the pan.

Cook for about 6 to 8 minutes. Toss well to brown on all sides.

Adjust the heat to keep the meat from burning.

When the meat is done, remove the meat to a warm plate.

Continue to cook the marinade over medium high heat, stirring frequently, and reduce to about 1/3 cup.

While the sauce is reducing, place the lettuce in the corn tortillas.

Divide the meat evenly between the corn tortillas.

Top with the reduced marinade, avocado, and tomato.


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GERD / Acid Reflux

This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.


This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free tamari sauce in this dish and make sure the tortillas are gluten-free.


This is a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

There are so many great variations on how to fill the humble corn tortilla but this is a classic. The marinade is so easy to make and the result is at once umami, sweet, tart, and a bit salty. It hits all the right notes.

You can dress it simply with the lettuce and tomatoes, but sautéing some julienned peppers along with the Carne Asada would be a great addition.

Reducing the marinade really makes this recipe rich and delicious. You can add the salsa of your choice, but you may not need to since there’s so much flavor. These tacos are also great topped with fresh cilantro.

"Tacos are like what the voices of a hundred angels singing Bob Dylan while sitting on rainbows and playing banjos would taste like if that sound were edible."

Isabel Quintero, Author