While it would be awesome to head over to my favorite taco truck and pick up their famous carne asada tacos, that’s not even a possibility in my world. My favorite place for eating tacos right out of a taco truck in Austin, and I don’t live anywhere close!
But what’s great is that with this recipe, I don’t have to leave my house. It shows you how to cook carne asada tacos in a skillet, check out this video to see how it’s done.
The recipe for these Quick Carne Asada Tacos can be found inside The Taco Tuesday Cookbook. While the slow roasted version or even the bbq version are delicious, most days, I don’t have time for anything slow roasted. I need dinner on the table fast!
That’s why this recipe, and nearly all recipes inside the cookbook, are ideal for busy cooks. But like you saw in the video, this recipe cuts the time with a cast iron skillet.
Some wonderful things have come from this stainless skillet and I believe every kitchen needs a good cast iron skillet! They are perfect for browning, frying, sautéing, and giving food, especially meat, that nice charred edge we all love! Plus, they both are perfect for transferring your favorite recipes from stove to oven.
“What cut of beef is best for Carne Asada?”
Hands down, the best cut of beef for carne asada is skirt steak. It is a little pricier than other cuts of meat for sure, so if you need a substitute, go for flank steak or thinly sliced brisket.
What you’ll notice in the recipes of The Taco Tuesday Cookbook is that they are made with easy to find ingredients and whenever necessary, substitutes are easy to find. In addition, many tacos have slaws and add-ins, allowing your meat portion to go a little further.
Can you prepare carne asada ahead of time?
When it comes to marinating, the recipe does call for a minimum of four hours, but this is where that FAST part comes in. If you prepare the steak and marinade the night before, marinate overnight, or toss it all together the morning of, by the time dinner rolls around you’ll have Carne Asada tacos in 20 minutes or less!
This is one case in which my family loves enjoying leftovers later in the week. The steak and veggies make great homemade burrito bowls over a bed of rice with guacamole, cheese, and sour cream or in a quesadilla.
And yes, leftovers are rare since I have meat eaters, so I often buy a little extra meat to ensure that I have delicious lunches later in the week.
This is also a great recipe for paleo and low-carb lifestyle since the meat and veggies can be served on a salad, in a lettuce cup, or over a bed of cauliflower rice for a low-carb burrito bowl. There’s no wrong way to eat Carne Asada, but for today let’s keep it tacos!
You’ll find the recipe for these Quick Carne Asada Tacos inside the Taco Tuesday Cookbook, everything you need is in the book ;).