Carne Asada Tacos with Cheese – The Tacodilla
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We call this dish the Tacodilla. Is it a taco? Is it a quesadilla? Does it matter? No, not at all because it’s damn delicious whatever you want to call it! These tacos are a bit of a trend at the moment, this is our play on this delicious Mexican street food staple. Beautiful Carne Asada Tacos: Crispy, beautiful and packed full of flavor


As we advocate across many of our recipes, this can be totally adaptable to your taste. Want to replace the beef with chicken or pork? Go nuts! A fan of pineapple in your tacos (we are!) then by all means throw it in there

What is the best cut of Beef for Carne Asada

For the beef this recipe uses Skirt Steak however you could substitute for Flank or Hanger or even Chuck Steak if you like. I like Skirt as it’s got a fantastic texture, marinades exceptionally well and has a good level of fat for added flavor

Of course, this dish wouldn’t be complete without a staple of Mexican cuisine, the Tomatillo Salsa Verde. Honestly, you could just make this Salsa Verde by itself and eat it with a bunch of crispy tortilla and you’ll be a happy person!


This is such a fun dish to make although it is a little bit messy, which is totally ok! The secret to the Carne Asada Cheesy Taco is to melt that beautiful cheese straight onto the pan, then lay a Tortilla on top to soak it all up. It’s perhaps not the dish you want to be eating every night, but as a tasty treat it is perfect!

Carne Asada Tacos Filling
The delicious filling for the Taco. Carne Asada with vegetables and spices

Recipe Details

Servings

4 – 6 people

Prep time

4 hours / overnight

Cooking time

10 minutes

Total time

4 hours / overnight

Carne Asada Tacos with Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. Skirt Steak, Sliced into bite sized pieces
  • ½ Brown Onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ red onion, finely diced
  • ½ Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 4 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 4 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Juice from 2 Limes
  • 1 tbsp. Salt
  • 2 cups Queso de Oaxaca or Queso Asadero Cheese (melting cheese)
  • 2 Tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 8 medium sized Tortillas

For the Salsa Verde

  • 8 Tomatillos, Halved
  • 1 Brown / White Onion, Halved
  • 2 Jalapeno Pepper or Serrano Pepper
  • ½ cup Cilantro, Chopped
  • Juice from 1 Lime
  • 1 tsp Salt

Instructions

For the Salsa Verde

  1. Place the Tomatillos, Onion and Jalapeno in a large pan on high heat and cook until the vegetables are charred on all sides, about 6-7 minutes should do the trick
  2. Place charred vegetables, Cilantro, Lime Juice and Salt into a blender and blitz until smooth. Set aside in a bowl until ready to serve!

For the Carne Asada

  1. In a small bowl mix together the Paprika, Cumin, Corinader Powder, Garlic, Olive Oil, Lime Juice and Salt. Place spice mixture into a sealable Ziplock back with the Steak, Brown Onion and Bell Pepper. Seal and leave to marinade in your refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Remove steak from refrigerator and leave to get to room temperature 1 hour before cooking. This will ensure an even cook throughout
  3. On your stovetop or BBQ, heat a cast-iron hot plate or large skillet to a very high temperature. When the hot plate is smoking, Fry the steak mixture for 4-5 minutes, turning a few times. We want the Steak a beautiful medium rare and the vegetables cooked but still crunchy. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Mix together the Tomatoes, Red Onion, Salt and remaining Lime Juice in a small bowl. Reduce heat to medium, then place small handfuls of cheese the size of the Tortillas on the hot plate, then place tortilla’s on top of the cheese. Add a thin layer of Steak filling and tomato mixture to each of the Tortillas, wait about 1-2 minutes then fold the Tortilla in half
  5. Cook on each side for 1 minute until the Cheese on the outside of the tortilla is a lovely golden brown
  6. Serve immediately with Salsa Verde. It’s a messy dish so go nuts spooning the Salsa Verde into the Tacodilla’s or smother it on top! Enjoy!

Also check out our sides page for some brilliant side dishes to serve alongside the Carne Asada Cheesy Tacos. One brilliant side dish to add into the Tacodilla are our Pickled Onions which add some lovely acidity to cut through the richness of the dish. Happy cooking!

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