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Authentic Baja-Mexican Street Tacos (Carne Asada)

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"On weekend getaways from San Diego to the beaches in Ensenada and Rosarito (Baja California), I found my favorite meal in the delicious soft skirt steak tacos sold by the taqueria street vendors. This recipe tastes exactly how I remember them - without having to make the trip across the border. Muy bueno! Top with some freshly squeezed lime juice and spicy salsa if you like."
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1 h 35 m servings 155
Original recipe yields 16 servings (16 tacos)


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  1. Combine orange juice, 2 tablespoons cilantro, lime juice, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, and cayenne in a large freezer bag. Submerge skirt steaks in the marinade. Seal the bag, squeezing out as much air as possible. Refrigerate, 1 to 8 hours.
  2. Preheat a grill to medium-high. Grill the steaks until hot and firm in the center or to your preferred doneness, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Transfer steaks to a flat work surface and slice as thinly as possible against the grain.
  3. Heat corn tortillas on the grill or in a microwave. Keep tortillas warm in a folded sheet of aluminum foil covered by a thick towel.
  4. Add steak to each tortilla and top with white onion and cilantro.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can substitute flank steak for the skirt steak. Feel free to broil the meat instead of grilling it, if you prefer.
  • To heat tortillas in the microwave, place them between wet paper towels and microwave for 1 minute. They should become pliable and fragrant. Wet paper towel between batches.
  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 155 calories; 4.3 16.9 12.2 19 179 Full nutrition

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Too much lime taste for me.

Quick, easy and light but full of flavor.

This recipe is one of several I made on the same day. This turned out really good and was well received by everyone at the party. Thanks for sharing!