Sonora style carne asada tacos


Sonora Style Carne Asada Tacos

Sonora Style Carne Asada Tacos

Tacos de Carne Asada Estilo Sonora

Recipe Yield

6 to 8 servings

Cooking time

10 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.67 from 6 votes


For the carne asada:

  • 1/4 large white onion for cleaning the grill
  • Beef fat cut from the meat if fatty, tallow or vegetable oil, for greasing the grill
  • 2 pounds beef top sirloin sliced into 1/2-inch steaks
  • 2 pounds beef chuck eye roll sliced into 1/2-inch steaks
  • 4 teaspoons kosher or sea salt or to taste (about 1 teaspoon per pound of meat)

To Prepare

To grill the carne asada:

  • Start a charcoal or gas grill. Gas should be set to high, charcoal is ready when the coals are red but entirely covered with gray ash and you can only hold your hand above them, about 5 or 6 inches away, for about 4 to 5 seconds before it becomes too hot.
  • Clean and season the grill by rubbing a quarter of a white onion over the grill, using a pair of tongs. Next, rub the beef fat, tallow or vegetable oil over the grill to further season it.
  • Working in batches if necessary, place the meat on the hot grill. Season the top of the meat generously with salt just before you put it on the grill, salted side up. Or salt it once it is on the grill.
  • Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, until the bottom has seared, deep grill marks have developed, and the meat juices have started rising and bubbling over the top. Flip over and grill for another 3 to 4 minutes for medium-rare. Remove the meat and place in a lidded dish or container. Cover while you grill the remaining meat. Allow the meat to rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
  • One by one, take out the pieces of meat and cut into 1/2-inch dice or slice thin. Place the cut up meat back into the dish and cover to keep warm as you work.
  • Reduce the heat of the grill to medium if using gas. If using charcoal, set the tortillas on a cooler part of the grill. Heat the flour tortillas for about 1 minute per side, until puffed, lightly browned and completely heated through. Keep warm in a clean kitchen towel or tortilla warmer and bring to the table.

To assemble the tacos:

  • Spread some refried beans on the middle of a warm flour tortilla, add a generous amount of meat, then top the meat with salsa and guacamole to taste. Your taco should be so full that it’s difficult to close it!


27comments inSonora Style Carne Asada Tacos

  1. Stacy Boots

    Nov 13

    Hi Pati. Your recipes are all my family wants to eat. Your the best god bless you and your family. Keep up your fantastic shows too.🥰

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 25

      Aw, thanks so much Stacy! Big hugs to you and your family!

  2. Richard Voorhaar

    Nov 06

    Growing up in AZ, we also ate carne asada in corn tortillas.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 06

      Absolutely! As delicious for me 😉

  3. Messy hand

    Jul 02

    In my entire life I have never made a taco that closed. Please help!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 20

      Hahaha, those are the best ever!

  4. Chris Rutter

    Jun 23

    Hola, y Gracias por sus comida!
    I am an ” aging cowboy/ Cattle rancher, with a really great ” ranch family”!
    Several times a year, when working Cattle, we all camp out at ranch headquarters in Southern Arizona.
    Carne Asad tacos always a ” must”
    For these get togethers!
    After a long day of branding, etc. We all share cooking duties (tacos, frijoles, salsa, guacamole, and tamales! Stores for Dessert!
    So, from the Rancho Sin Agua family, to yours, I hope and pray your family has a great summer.
    Thanks again for all your great recipes and ideas!
    Vaya con Dios!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 08

      Thanks so much Chris! Enjoy the hot days of summer grilling and enjoying family and friends 🙂

  5. Ricardo

    Jun 23

    Your recipes are the best!!!
    Viva Mexico!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 08

      Aw, thanks so much Ricardo 😉

  6. Carole

    Jun 23

    I am looking forward to trying this recipe. Thank you,

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 08

      Hope you liked it Carole 😉

  7. Anonymous

    Jun 23

    Thank You

  8. Joe

    May 21

    Love this recipe. Simple and fantastic.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 25

      So happy to hear Joe, un abrazo!

  9. Lola

    Jul 30

    Yum I love your recipes

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 11

      Gracias Lola!

  10. bob bride

    Jul 30

    No matter the recipie….your presentation is beautifully photographed, enhanced by brfilliant art direction. Kudos!

    I am also thrilled as your movie camera reminds me how beautiful the country is and how pleased I spent so much of my professional time art directing photography for the Consejo de Turismo.

    You just keep getting better and better and better!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 11

      Thanks so much Bob, you are extremely kind!

  11. Andy Lopez

    Jun 01

    Pati, how do you make the marinade for Carne Asada?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 05

      No marinade in this recipe Andy it is basically just salt 🙂

  12. Barbara Olthoff

    Mar 20

    If u don’t have a grill can u use a grill pan instead to grill the meat. I have watch ur show for years. I grew up in the South West and enjoy all Mexican Food.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 20

      By all means go ahead Barbara! Enjoy the carne asada 😉

  13. Tyra Somers

    Mar 19

    How do you say “chuck roll” in Mexican Spanish? My butcher speaks much more Spanish than I do.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 20

      Thanks for reaching out over here as well Tyra, I replied to your email, hope you got that on time. The name in Spanish is “diezmillo de res”. Hope your carne asada is a hit with your family 😉

  14. Regina Alvarado

    Nov 01

    Hola, Pati,
    I just saw your show and had to write. I love your show…it was truly amazing to see such an authentic take on real Mexican food, the countryside, and a positively entertaining and upbeat show. The visuals of the food made my mouth water… and I cannot wait to cook up some food from Sinaloa, my husband’s homeland. I would love to see a show about how to make real authentic street tacos, the techniques they use, because my tacos de carne asada never come out as good as the street side taqueros. Also, a good agua jamaica recipe to accompany the tacos is something I would love to learn. Thanks for making my day,

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 03

      Hola Regina, thanks for reaching out and for your kind words. I have here in the website many recipes for tacos, but I think this one would be a good one for you And also my recipe for Agua de Jamaica, enjoy!

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