Carne Asada Tacos

  • Author: Stephanie
  • Prep Time: 24 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Steak
  • Method: Marinade
  • Cuisine: Mexican


This carne asada taco marinade infuses so much flavor into the skirt steak leaving it so tender and perfect for tacos!




  • 1 to 1 1/2 lb skirt steak (see note)


  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil or olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
  • 4 chipotles in adobo sauce, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp dark chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro 
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Taco Elements


  1. In a container or large ziplock, whisk together all of the marinade ingredients. Place skirt steak in the marinade, seal the container, place in fridge, and marinate for 12-24 hours.
  2. Remove from marinade and you can prepare either on the grill or in a cast iron pan.
    1. Grill: Preheat the grill on high heat and oil the grates carefully. Once preheated, add the steak and cook each side 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from grill, place on a plate, and allow to rest covered in foil for 5 minutes before slicing/serving. 
    2. Cast Iron Pan: In a seasoned large cast iron pan over high heat, add the skirt steak. Cook on each side for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from cast iron, place on a plate, and allow to rest covered in foil for 5 minutes before slicing/serving. 
  3. Slice the skirt steak against the grain and assemble your tacos! Enjoy!


  • If the skirt steak is extremely long, you can cut it in half to make flipping on the grill easier.
  • Against the grain: Opposite way of the muscle fibers, easy to find on skirt steak so you’ll be cutting across the shorter length.

Keywords: carne asada, skirt steak, marinade, grilling, steak marinade, steak tacos