Carne Asada Tacos Recipe with Pickled Jalapeño and Coriander Salsa

Beef tacos

  • serves 4
  • Easy

The best recipe for a Mexican meal. Carne asada, or beef tacos are made with grilled steak and served with guacamole, pickled chillies and a fresh coriander salsa. Assemble on the table and let everyone dig in


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  • flank, bavette or skirt steak 700g
  • limes 2, juiced
  • ground cumin 2 tsp
  • garlic 2 cloves, crushed
  • soft brown sugar 2 tbsp


  • garlic ½ clove, chopped
  • coriander chopped to make 1 tbsp
  • green chilli 1, seeded and chopped
  • avocados 2 large, ripe
  • lime 1, juiced


  • pickled jalapeños 4 tbsp, diced
  • red onion 1 large, finely diced
  • coriander a small bunch, chopped
  • limes 2, juiced
  • chipotle Tabasco sauce or chipotle paste 2 tbsp


  • corn tortillas 12
  • oil
  • chipotle Tabasco sauce


  • Step 1

    Marinate the meat with the lime juice, cumin, garlic and sugar. Season and leave for 2 hours or overnight in the fridge.

  • Step 2

    For the guacamole, crush the garlic, coriander, chilli and some salt with a mortar and pestle. Add the avocados and lime juice. Crush everything together and scrape into a bowl. Mix the salsa ingredients in another bowl and season.

  • Step 3

    Heat the bbq or a heavy griddle pan. Wipe the marinade from the meat and brush with oil. Season and grill on direct heat. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the meat. It should get a nice char before you flip it over. Rest under foil for 10 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Brush the tortillas with a little oil, and warm them through on each side in a heavy griddle pan until they take on the golden char lines. Mould into a taco shape and leave to firm up (you may need to hold them in place using a couple of glasses). Chop the meat into bite-sized pieces and serve with the guacamole, salsa and tortillas.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 530
  • Fat 34.9g
  • Carbs 17.2g
  • Fibre 6.1g
  • Protein 33.6g
  • Salt 1g