Authentic carne asada Street Tacos are simple to make! Filled with tender steak that’s infused with juicy lime flavor and spices, they’re packed with flavor you’ll crave again and again!

Street Tacos might just put your other favorite tacos to shame, in fact. Once you learn how fast they come together, you’ll want them every night of the week!

This easy dinner recipe can be prepped and on the table in just a few simple steps! Marinate the steak, cook it (on your stovetop or even in the air fryer) and top it off with a squeeze of fresh lime juice, chopped cilantro and onion or your favorite taco toppings.

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Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Easy to Make
  • Minimal Ingredients
  • Bursting with Flavor
  • Handheld Simplicity
Street tacos on a white platter with a bowl of sliced limes and sliced onions

Shopping List

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  • 2 Pounds Flank Steak
  • Soy Sauce
  • Lime Juice
  • Minced Garlic
  • Chili Powder
  • 1 Orange
  • Corn Tortillas

Optional Toppings:

  • Cilantro
  • 1 White Onion
  • 1 Lime (for fresh juice squeezed over top)
  • Radishes
ingredients for street tacos laid out on a marble surface

Ingredient Notes and Variations

  • Flank Steak – Flank steak or skirt steak, cut into one inch cubes.
  • Lime Juice – Fresh squeezed lime juice has the best flavor, but you can take a shortcut with store bought lime juice for the marinade and a fresh squeeze over the top to garnish.
  • Minced GarlicFresh minced garlic cloves or store-bought minced garlic.
  • Tortillas – Corn tortillas are traditional, but you can use flour tortillas as well. Cheese the smallest available.
  • Cilantro and Onion – Substitute with guacamole or pico de gallo.
Street tacos on a white platter with a bowl of sliced limes and sliced onions

Note from the Test Kitchen

Traditionally, street tacos aren’t served with cheese – but rules are meant to be broken! If you want to add cheese, these are the best cheeses for tacos!

small tacos on a white platter with lime and onions for toppings
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Tips

  • Cook steak to 145 degrees F. (Print this steak temperature chart as an easy reference) 
  • Serve street tacos with two tortillas, layered to hold heavier ingredients.
  • Squeeze a lime over the top of your tacos for a delicious burst of citrus flavor.
A hand squeezing a lime over street tacos in corn tortillas

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the Difference Between Street Tacos and Regular Tacos?

The primary difference between street tacos and traditional tacos is that street tacos come in smaller tortillas. Because they originated from vendors who used street carts and food trucks, they wanted people to be able to carry them as they walked down the street.
Street tacos are also topped a little differently. You generally won’t see lettuce or tomatoes here – just chopped onion and cilantro, with a squeeze of fresh lime.

What are the most common types of street tacos?

Al Pastor, barbacoa, carne asada, carnitas, chorizo and more!

Are street tacos spicy?

Not generally, no! Of course every restaurant is different, but most street tacos simply capture bold, vibrant flavors of chili powder and lime.

Carne asada street tacos in corn tortillas laid out flat on a marble surface

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – Street Taco ingredients can sit out while serving for up to two hours.
  • Refrigerate – Cooked steak can be stored in an airtight container refrigerated up to three days.
  • Freezer – Store leftover street taco meat in an airtight container and freeze up to three months. Thaw overnight in the fridge, microwave or warm on the stovetop until heated through.
small tacos on a white platter with lime and onions for toppings
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Street Tacos

Authentic street tacos filled with tender, juicy steak, cilantro, onion and a squeeze of fresh lime for bright flavor you'll want to savor!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
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Ingredients  

  • 2 pounds flank steak cut into cubes
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice about two limes, juiced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 large orange sliced, about a ½ cup orange slices

Toppings

  • 12 mini corn tortillas
  • 1 medium onion chopped, about 1 cup
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sliced limes (one lime) to squeeze over the top

Instructions 

Stovetop

  • Chop steak into 1" cubes and lace in a large sealable bag, add soy sauce, lime juice, garlic, chili powder and orange slices. Seal, shake and refrigerate 4-6 hours.
    ¼ cup soy sauce, 4 tablespoons lime juice, 3 cloves minced garlic, 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 large orange
    carne asada street taco meat marinating in a bag
  • Drain excess marinade and transfer steak to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until steak reaches desired doneness or 145℉.
    marinated carne asada street taco steak, cooking in a cast iron pan.
  • Warm tortillas. Layer 2 tortillas and fill with meat. Top with cilantro, onion and a squeeze of lime.
    12 mini corn tortillas, 1 medium onion, ½ cup cilantro, 2 tablespoons sliced limes
    ingredients laid out for street tacos and toppings

Broil

  • Adjust the top rack to sit just 4 inches below broiler. Preheat broiler to high.
  • Chop steak into 1" cubes. In a large sealable bag, add steak, soy sauce, lime juice, garlic, chili powder and orange slices. Seal, shake and refrigerate 4-6 hours.
  • Drain and place steak on a foil-lined baking sheet, broiling 4 minutes per side or until it reaches 145℉ or desired temperature.
  • Warm tortillas. Layer 2 tortillas and fill with meat. Top with cilantro, onion and a squeeze of lime.

Air Fryer

  • Preheat air fryer to 400℉. Lightly spray basket with oil.
  • Chop steak into 1" cubes. Add steak to a large sealable bag. Add soy sauce, lime juice, garlic, chili powder and orange slices. Seal, shake and refrigerate 4-6 hours.
  • Place marinated, cubed meat in air fryer basket. Cook at 400℉ approximately 8 minutes.
  • Warm tortillas. Layer 2 tortillas and fill with meat. Top with cilantro, onion and a squeeze of lime.

Julie’s Tips

Refer to steak temperature chart to achieve desired temperature.
If you do not have time to marinate, use 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 teaspoons of chili powder to season the steak and follow instructions.

Substitutions

Flank Steak or Skirt Steak
Corn or Flour Tortillas

Storage Tips

Store cooked meat in an airtight container refrigerated up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months. To thaw, transfer to refrigerator, heat on stovetop or in microwave until meat is heated all the way through. 
Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 646mg | Potassium: 747mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 152IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 3mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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How to Make

  1. Chop your steak into small pieces – an inch or so. carne asada street taco meat marinating in a bag
  2. Combine steak and marinade in sealable bag. Refrigerate 4-6 hours. carne asada street taco meat marinating in a bag
  3. Drain excess marinade and transfer to large skillet over medium heat. (You can also use your broiler or air fryer for this step – directions below.) marinated carne asada street taco steak, cooking in a cast iron pan. marinated carne asada street taco steak, cooking in a cast iron pan. marinated carne asada street taco steak, cooking in a cast iron pan.
  4. Warm tortillas and serve topped with cilantro, onion and a squeeze of lime.

Broiler:

  1. Adjust the top rack to sit just 4 inches below broiler. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. Place meat on a foil-lined baking sheet, broiling 4 minutes per side or until cooked to desired temperature.

Air Fryer:

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees. Lightly spray basket with oil.
  2. Place marinated, cubed meat in air fryer basket.
  3. Cook at 400 for approximately 8 minutes.

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