The traditional taco truck has been cruising around California streets well for over 40 years. Most have menus with various styles of tacos, but in most cases, their best sellers have been their authentic carne asada tacos. Because we know many start up food trucks build their concepts around Mexican cuisine we wanted to share an easy to make authentic carne asada taco recipe to try at home or in your food truck test kitchen.

Authentic Carne Asada Taco Recipe

Serves 4


3/4 lb Flank Steak – marinated
8 Corn Tortillas
1/4 Cup Cotija Cheese
1 Medium White Onion – chopped
1/8 Cup Fresh Cilantro – chopped
1 Lime

Marinade Ingredients

5 Cloves garlic – minced
1 Cup Fresh Cilantro (leaves and stems) – chopped
1 Jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
2 Limes – freshly squeezed
1 Orange – freshly squeezed
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 Cup olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt


  1. Place flank steak in a flat baking dish. In a medium bowl, whisk together vinegar, garlic, jalapeño, lime juice, orange juice, and olive oil. Season with salt, black pepper, cumin and cilantro. Whisk until well blended, then pour over the steak in the dish. Turn over once to coat both sides. Cover with plastic wrap, and marinate for 4 to 8 hours.
  2. While waiting for carne asada to marinate, in 4 separate bowls, Grate cheese, chop white onion, cilantro, and quarter 1 lime. Set aside to use as topping for the tacos.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cut the marinated flank steak into cubes or strips. Cook, stirring constantly, until the meat is cooked through and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  4. Warm the tortillas in a skillet or on cooktop for about a minute on each side to make them pliable.
  5. Arrange two sets of two layers of tortillas on a plate, and lay a generous amount of beef over them. Top with a sprinkle of the onion and cilantro. Add as much cheese as you like. Garnish with lime wedges, and serve.

Please Note: You can use this easy carne asada taco recipe to create other Mexican cuisine for your menu such as a carne asada burrito.

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