Carne Asada Street Tacos

I love carne asada street tacos. And by street tacos, I mean those small little ones that’s big enough for 2 bites. They feel like a snack and a meal at the same time. It might be a psychological thing, but it feels gratifying that I could eat 5 small tacos compared to 2 regular tacos or even one burrito. It feels like I can have more without overeating. The best part of getting street tacos is the cost. It normally cost $1.50 or less for one at a taco truck or even a $1 at a taco stand. And those taco trucks are so much better at any restaurants. I always order the carne asada street taco or al pastor. They’re marinated in a savory sauce that goes perfect with tacos. 

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The Simplicity of Carne Asada Street Tacos

Carne asada street tacos are quite simple and I’m shocked I never thought of making it myself. Maybe I’ve been too spoiled from all the taco trucks in LA. This is exactly how I feel towards the Nashville hot chicken sandwich, there’s just too many good ones around where I am to actually make it myself. 

As delicious as street tacos are, they’re quite simple. All it is is marinated meat, chopped into small pieces and grilled. Then its placed on a small small tortilla and garnished with toppings. Its almost too simple, yet almost everyone will choose to buy it instead of making it themselves. 

For Us Foodies has a straight-forward carne asada street taco recipe that anyone can follow. They start with the marinade first and grills the meat that’s topped onto a small tortilla. This isn’t ground-breaking since most carne asada follows a similar recipe. They do it well because of how effortlessly they showcase it and how the marinade is from everyday ingredients. Even their toppings are simple. Needless to say, this is your classic carne asada street tacos. They’re small enough to get that satisfying street taco vibe and flavorful that you won’t dare compare it to tacos from chain restaurants. This does the trick when you can’t find any street tacos around you.  

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Carne Asada Street Tacos
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For Us Foodies' Carne Asada Street Tacos

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Carne Asada Street Tacos
Servings: 1



  • 2 lb flank steak
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 dash salt & pepper
  • 1/2 squeeze orange


  • Add all the ingredients for the marinade into a pan and mix well together
  • Cut the flank steak into small rectangular chunks
  • Mix well in the marinade and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  • Heat up a pan and warm up small tortillas
  • Then with oil cook the steak until its medium rare. 
  • Remove and add to tortilla
  • Top off with diced red onions and cilantro and lime
  • Optional salsa if needed

The Convenience of Making Carne Asada Street Tacos

I had no idea, but making this carne asada street taco, I learned that orange juice is a main ingredient for the marinade. Which makes sense because the orange adds sweetness yet a mild acidity to it. The key to making great carne asada street tacos however, is the cooking process. Because the type of meat used is quite lean, its important to not overcook it. If you remove the meat when its its approaching medium rare, you’ll still have juicy carne asada.

Dice up the flank steak into smaller pieces. Smaller if you want it more bite sized.

In a bowl, mix in olive oil, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper, and orange juice to create the marinade sauce.

Carne Asada Street Tacos

Throw in the diced up meat and mix it well together with the marinade. Let it sit for 10 mins. (30 mins if you have time)

While the flank steak is marinating, throw on sheets of tortilla to warm up until they are slightly browning. 

Carne Asada Street Tacos

Afterwards, begin cooking the marinaded flank steak until medium rare. 

Carne Asada Street Tacos

Scoop onto each tortilla and garnish with salsa and lime as you please. Enjoy 🙂

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