Authentic Carne Asada Recipe (Ground Beef Taco Recipe from Mexico)

I have another super special treat for you today from Mexico’s collection of amazing taco recipes: here is an authentic carne asada recipe for easily making authentic Mexican taqueria-style carne asada tacos (beef tacos). These tacos are served on the soft corn tortillas, not those crunchy, American, hard, U-shaped tortilla shells. And to drive the point home, this taco does not contain any sour creme or thick yellow cheese. (I have to beat up on my American friends a little bit because down here in Mexico, they’re always surprised when I first introduce them to the local cuisine and they can’t find their hard shell tacos that they grew up on 🙂 )

Back to the carne asada: these tacos are often prepared in the northern Mexico, in states like Sonora, Baja California, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, and so on. The northerners love their beef, and all of Mexico makes a staple of the taco, and so it’s only but natural that we have this taco recipe for carne asada tacos, and it’s only but natural that you are here, reading this, wanting to make carne asada tacos yourself at home, because they are freaking delicious! So here we go:

authentic carne asada taco recipe from Mexico

Cook Time: 2 hours

Ingredients (serves 6 taco recipe lovers):

1.5 lbs of boneless beef top sirloin, cut up into little thin bite-size slices for the tacos
12 (6 inch) corn tortillas
1/4 large onion, chopped up
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped up
either radishes or cucumbers, sliced up
1 lime
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
4 tbsp canola oil

plus…
guacamole
salsa Mexicana (AKA “pico de gallo”)
saldsa roja or salsa verde, raw or rosted sauce, however you prefer

Directions for making these carne asada tacos:

Place your sliced meat into a short, shallow bowl, and season it with salt and some black pepper.

Squeeze lime juice all over the meat, and turn the meat over and over again until it’s evenly coated with the juice. Then cover, and refrigerate the meat for 30 minutes.

Heat 1 tbsp of canola oil in a large skillet on high heat. Stir in 1/3 of the beef, and saute it for one minute.

Transfer the meat to a serving dish, then repeat the process with your remaining beef.

Meanwhile, go and heat your tortillas in a comal, or you can grill it like this guy does in the video below at around the 7:30 minute mark:

To serve these ground beef tacos, place two tortillas on top of each other. Add desired amount of meat, spoon over some pico de gallo, guacamole, and whichever other salsa you chose to make (roja or verde). Top each taco with onion and cilantro. Garnish with a wedge of lemon, to later be squeezed over taco before eating, and slices of either radishes or cucumbers.

And enjoy! I think you’ll find this authentic carne asada recipe yields amazing tasting tacos, and that you’ll love them! This is also a relatively easy carne asada recipe, so aside from it taking a while to cook, I think even newbies to cooking Mexican at home should find this taco recipe fairly easy. So try it out, have your good friends and family over to treat them to your carne asada, and provecho! 😉

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