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Carne asada tacos with marinated skirt steak

Carne asada tacos made with marinated skirt steak that are ready to devour in just 30 minutes. We used one of these 5 steak marinade recipes to tenderize and richly flavor the meat in 20 minutes and then cooked the skirt steak in up to 6 minutes. The result was the best skirt steak tacos that you could ever ask for (well-seared outside and tender inside)!
Course:Main Course
Keywords:carne asada tacos, marinated skirt steak
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Marinade time 20 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 8 tacos
Calories342 kcal
Cost $ 0.50 per taco


  • cast iron skillet
  • knife
  • cutting board
  • Plastic bag


  • 1 lb skirt steak
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 oz taco seasoning 1 bag (see recipe in the notes)
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 8 tortillas medium-size (flour tortillas, or yellow or white corn tortillas, or low carb tortillas like the ones I used)
  • Garnishes of choice such as red pickled onions, crumbled queso fresco, sour cream, lime wedges, chimichurri sauce, and pico de gallo.


  • Place skirt steak on a cutting board, remove the top fat and silver skin, cover with a plastic sheet, and pound the meat with a kitchen hammer on both sides until it is about ¼-inch thick. Slice the steak into 3-4 pieces to fit in into the pan where it will cook.
  • Then, mix taco seasoning, olive oil, and lime juice in a sealable plastic bag and place the steak inside. Shake to combine!
  • Next, squeeze the bag to remove as much air as possible, seal, and let the steak marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes maximum. If you marinate longer, the meat flavors may get lost.
  • Remove the steak from the bag and dab to remove excess moisture from the marinade.  This is so the steak can properly sear and get a nice brown crust.
  • Cook the skirt steak either on a charcoal grill (preferred) or in a large cast-iron skillet or griddle. Because of the weather, I cooked mine indoors! To do this, heat a cast-iron skillet over high heat for about 3-5 minutes or until super hot and then add the oil. It will shimmer! Place the steak(s) flat (do not overcrowd the pan), lower the heat to medium-high, and cook the steak for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until medium-rare (internal temp: 130 – 135°F or 54-57°C).
  • Transfer the steak(s) to a plate and tent with foil. Let it rest for 3-5 minutes and squeeze the juice of a lime on top.
  • Cut into thin slices against the grain. Assemble your carne asada tacos and enjoy them with your favorite garnishes.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

To make homemade taco seasoning, mix together the following:
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon each of ground cumin, garlic powder, and
  • ½ tsp of onion powder
  • ¼ tsp each of salt, ground black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.
In Mexico it is quite common to have the carne asada seasoned with salt, or salt and pepper.
Store skirt steak in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 2-3 months.


Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.5g | Protein: 19.7g | Fat: 20.9g | Saturated Fat: 4.2g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 784mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1.4g | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg
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