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Prep Time:
Marinade Time:
4 hours
Grill time:
30 to 60

Beef Carne Asada

Barbecue Style Tacos

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Beef Carne Asada
Serves 4
Prep Time:
Marinade Time: 4 hours
Grill time: 30 to 60

When you get a craving, there's not much you can do but cater to it, well when it comes to food anyway. I had been craving some tacos for a while so this was just an amazing treat. While braising I tested the meat a couple of times and was surprised at how spicy it was. I was worried that the Carne Asada was going to be too spicy, but it turned out perfectly.

Now I know that some of you like to keep things hot. If you are after that, I would really recommend making this Ghost Pepper Salsa to go with your Carne Asada. Though I am curious! Mild, Medium, or HOT HOT HOT? Leave a comment below and tell us how you like it!

Marinate the beef in the rub
Marinate the beef in the rub
Preparations for braising
Preparations for braising

Beef Carne Asada

Serves: 4       Total Time: 75 + marinade time


Taco Seasoning Rub
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. hot mustard powder
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ¼ tsp. oregano
  • ¼ tsp. red chili flakes
Carne Asada
  • 1 to 2 lbs. beef cut into cubes, stewing to sirloin, your choice
  • ½ cup of beef broth
For Serving
  • 12 taco shells, hard or soft
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • shredded lettuce
  • chopped onions and peppers
  • salsa (Try the Ghost Pepper Salsa for a real kick in the tastebuds)


Step 1
In a large non-reactive bowl, combine all of the spices for the rub. Remove 2 tsp. of the spice mix and set aside.
Step 2
Add the beef to the spices and toss until all the beef is coated. Set aside and allow it to marinate for 1 to 4 hours.
Step 3
When you are ready to cook, preheat your grill to 300°F and prepare for indirect grilling.
Step 4
Place the beef into a dish with a lid that fits on your grill. Mix the ½ cup of broth with the spice mix that you set aside. Pour it over the beef and then place the beef over the “off” part of the grill to braise for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Until the meat is easily shredded with a fork.
Step 5
When you are satisfied with the texture of the beef, remove it from the grill and shred it into a bowl for eating. You may want to add some of the leftover braising liquid to keep things most moist. OR just use some salsa.
Step 6
Serve with all of your favourite taco fixings like sour cream, cheese, lettuce and of course salsa.
Beef Carne Asada is Mexican barbecue style shredded beef marinated in chili spices. It's particularly good on tacos and in burritos, but can be used in just about anything you would normally use ground beef for. You can use whatever cut of beef you prefer, to keep it less expensive, you can use stewing beef, keeping in mind that you will need to braise it longer for tenderness. Or you can use something a little more expensive like a sirloin, which will fall apart after minimal cooking.

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