Master Carne Asada Recipe

Master Carne Asada Recipe

Excerpted from Trejo's Tacos

Yield: 12 Tacos



  • ½ large white onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 chipotle chiles from a can of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, plus 2 tablespoons of the sauce
  • 2 medium jalapeños, roughly chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¾ cup orange juice (preferably fresh)
  • ½ cup pure olive oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce Juice of
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 3 pounds flank, flap, or skirt steak

Carne Asada Tacos

  • 12 6-inch tortillas
  • 1½ cups shredded green cabbage
  • ¼ cup Salsa Verde
  • 3 cups Carne Asada
  • 2 limes, each cut into 6 wedges
  • Preheat the oven to 250°F.


For the Carne Asada

  MARINATE THE STEAK: Combine the onion, chipotles and sauce, jalapeños, garlic, cilantro, orange juice, olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, cumin, and paprika in a food processor or blender and puree. Transfer the marinade to a large self-seal plastic bag or airtight container.

  Add the flank steak and turn to coat it in the marinade, then seal the bag (or cover the container). Refrigerate overnight.

  GRILL THE STEAK: Remove the steak from the marinade, letting the excess marinade drip back into the bag or bowl. Place the steak on a platter and set it aside at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling.

  Meanwhile, heat a gas or charcoal grill to mediumhigh heat.

  Grill the steak until it is charred, about 5 minutes. Turn it over and grill until charred on the other side, about 5 minutes more. Transfer it to a cutting board and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing it crosswise and against the grain.

Assemble the Tacos

  1. Preheat the oven to 250°F.
  2. Stack the tortillas, wrap them in aluminum foil, place them in the oven, and let them warm until they’re fragrant and pliable, about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the tortillas from the oven. Unwrap the stack and line up the tortillas, assembly line style, on your work surface.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix the shredded cabbage with the Salsa Verde. Divide the Carne Asada among the tortillas, placing it in a straight line down the center of each tortilla. Place a line of the cabbage mixture to the right of the steak. Serve a lime wedge with each taco.

Excerpted from Trejo’s Tacos by Danny Trejo
Copyright © 2020 by Danny Trejo.
Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

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