Carne Asada Tacos Recipe

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1. Prepare the Marinade 

Start by preparing the marinade for the carne asada. Typically, this includes ingredients like lime juice, orange juice, garlic, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Mix these ingredients together in a bowl. 

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2. Marinate the Meat 

Place your steak (usually flank steak or skirt steak) in a shallow dish or a resealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade over the steak, making sure it is evenly coated. Cover the dish or seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat. 

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3. Preheat the Grill 

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. If you don't have a grill, you can also use a grill pan or a cast-iron skillet on the stove. 

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4. Grill the Meat 

Remove the steak from the marinade and discard any excess marinade. Place the steak on the preheated grill and cook for about 4-6 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the steak and your desired level of doneness. For medium-rare, aim for an internal temperature of around 130-135°F (54-57°C). 

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5. Rest the Meat 

Once the steak is cooked to your liking, transfer it to a cutting board and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, ensuring it stays juicy when sliced. 

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6. Slice the Meat 

After resting, slice the carne asada thinly against the grain. This helps to ensure tenderness and makes it easier to chew. 

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7. Warm the Tortillas 

While the meat is resting, warm your tortillas. You can do this by wrapping them in foil and placing them on the grill for a minute or two, or by heating them in a dry skillet on the stove. 

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8. Assemble the Tacos 

To assemble the tacos, place some slices of carne asada onto each tortilla. Then, top with your favorite toppings such as chopped onion, cilantro, salsa, guacamole, or sliced avocado. Squeeze a wedge of lime over the top for an extra burst of flavor, if desired.  

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