Carne Asada Tacos or Al Pastor Tacos

Carne Asada Tacos or Al Pastor Tacos

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Vic Voss 0

"I have had great success preparing tacos this way. I bought this recipe from a taqueria owner (taco restaurant) in Mexico City. I am translating the directions. It can be used for beef, pork, or just about any other type of meat. The spice mix on this recipe gives meat a really excellent flavor."
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6 h 40 m servings 400 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 400 kcal
  • 20%
  • Fat:
  • 8.8 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 53.9g
  • 17%
  • Protein:
  • 26.7 g
  • 53%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 36 mg
  • 12%
  • Sodium:
  • 1337 mg
  • 53%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Place 1/2 chopped onion, 2 cloves garlic, parsley, oregano, paprika, anise seed, black pepper, cumin, sage, thyme, bay leaves, cloves, soy sauce, vinegar, orange juice, and lime juice in a blender; pulse until a very well-blended paste is achieved, scraping down sides as needed, 3 to 5 minutes. Spread paste on both sides of the flank steak. Wrap steak in plastic and refrigerate at least 6 hours to overnight.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Remove excess marinade from flank steak.
  3. Grill steak until it begins to firm and is hot and slightly pink in the center, about 8 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 140 degrees F (60 degrees C). Chop steak into small pieces and transfer to a platter; cover and keep warm until ready to serve.
  4. Place 1 chopped onion, tomatoes, chipotle peppers, and 3 cloves garlic in a blend; pulse until desired consistency. Add water if the salsa becomes too thick. Transfer salsa to a bowl.
  5. Heat tortillas in a microwave safe plate until warm, about 1 minute.
  6. Serve beef over stacks of two corn tortillas with salsa and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 chopped onion, radishes, and cilantro.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You may also use pork loin or pork chops. This recipe works really well with almost any variety or cut of meat. Thinly cut steaks work best with the tacos.
  • If you want to blend the flavors even more, you can simmer the paste in a saucepan stirring constantly and allow to cool. Filter marinade through a fine strainer and rub on both sides of steak.
  • You can tinker with this recipe to make the marinade as strong or as weak as you wish. You can double up or cut the marinade ingredients in half or increase the amount of any particular herb or spice. I find that the flavor of the meat in this recipe is almost addicting and I always end up grilling about ten pounds of beef so I make extra marinade. The longer you marinade the meat, the better.


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This had a good flavor, but it certainly has a long list of ingredients. Luckily, I had all the seasonings. I cut it down by half, and three people had plenty, with some leftover. We liked th...

Made this using pork chops, turned out excellent. we are excited to try the marinade with steak. No changes to the marinade.

Made this using flank steak. Marinated overnight. Excellent flavor and tenderness.

This was yum. Cut Carne Asada into small chunks before marinating for 2 hrs. Omitted soy sauce, thyme and cloves. Added a dash of nutmeg and a 1/2 tsp chili pepper. Used juice of a lemon instead...

This was the bomb! Made it with chicken this time but would totally use beef or pork, and the only other change was to omit the anise seed...just because I didn't have any. Marinated my chicke...

you hit a home run here Thank you

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