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carne asada flank steak taco recipe

Flank Steak Carne Asada Tacos

  • Author: Jess Pryles



1.5kg/3pound flank steak

1 bottle Mexican beer

1 bunch cilantro/coriander (use the root for the marinade and the leaves to finish or for salsa)

2 large navel oranges, juiced

3 garlic cloves, minced/finely sliced

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 tsp mild-medium chile powder (ancho, chipotle, etc, if using cayenne, use a smaller amount)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

salt & pepper


  1. Rub dry ingredients over flank steak and put into a bowl/container
  2. Add in all wet ingredients, cover and put in fridge to marinade from 1-4 hours.
  3. Don’t leave it longer than this – the beer and fruit juice acid will break down the flesh too much.
  4. Remove steak from fridge a half hour or so before cooking.
  5. Heat a grill (preferably charcoal) to searingly hot, at least 450f.
  6. Place steak on grill, brushing off any chunks of garlic or coriander root.
  7. Cook flank steak flipping every minute for a total cook time of about 15-20 minutes. Do not cook beyond medium rare.
  8. Rest under foil for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.