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Carne Asada Tacos


This great recipe for carne asada tacos is courtesy of the Calexico Cart in New York City.

  • Yield: Makes 8 tacos

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May Spring 2009


  • 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak, trimmed
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas, warmed
  • 1 small head cabbage, cored and shredded
  • Calexico Cart's Pico de Gallo
  • Calexico Cart's Guacamole


  1. Place steak in a gallon-size plastic resealable food storage bag.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix together lime juice, lemon juice, vegetable oil, garlic clove, onion powder, cumin seeds, coriander, garlic powder, and paprika; season with salt and pepper. Pour over steak in plastic bag. Marinate, refrigerated, at least 6 hours and up to overnight, turning every few hours.

  3. Preheat a grill or grill pan over high heat.

  4. Remove steak from marinade and pat dry. Place steak on grill and cook, turning once, until cooked to medium, about 5 minutes per side. Remove steak from grill and let stand 5 to 10 minutes before slicing against the grain.

  5. To assemble tacos, divide meat evenly between tortillas. Top with cabbage, pico de gallo, and guacamole; serve immediately.

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