Skip to Content

Tacos Al Carbon (Easy Grilled Steak Tacos)

Tacos Al Carbon (Easy Grilled Steak Tacos)

Stop Googling “Tacos al Carbon near me” and make your own at home! Tender Bavette Steak, flank steak or skirt steak is seasoned with salt and pepper and grilled to perfection. Serve inside a soft tortilla and top with onions and cilantro to create the best Tacos al Carbon recipe!

Tacos Tacos Tacos

If you like tacos, check out our popular taco recipes: Street Tacos, Birria TacosPollo Asado Tacos, Carne Asada Tacos, or Steak Picado

al Carbon Meaning

“al Carbon” means “cooked over coal” in Spanish. So the term itself actually refers to just the meat, and how it’s cooked, vs the entire taco. Meat that’s cooked over a hot open flame until charred and juicy.

Baking sheet with a cut onion, cilantro and spices.

What Is An al Carbon Taco?

Depending on where you live in the United States, there are two popular variations. One resembles an authentic street taco while the other a Tex-Mex fajita.

Street Taco Version – Soft tortilla, grilled meat, diced onions and cilantro.

Fajita Taco Version – Soft tortilla, grilled meat, grilled onions and bell peppers.

Ideal Cuts of Meat

The ideal meat cuts to make grilled steak tacos is skirt steak or flank steak. Not to say other cuts won’t work, but these two are idea for Mexican taco recipes.

Two cuts of skirt steak on a black cutting board.

Soft Shell Taco

Depending on the region of the US you live in, you may find tacos al carbon served on flour tortillas or corn tortillas. Most regions serve it on flour tortillas, but in San Diego they’re served, unapologetically, on corn tortillas.

The best way to heat tortillas is on the grill, while the steak is resting. The microwave works in a pinch, but the pliability and texture suffer a bit.

Corn tortillas on a grill.

Toppings

While the authentic version limits the toppings to diced onions and cilantro, we know everybody loves some extra toppings!  Here are some to add to the mix:

4 Ingredient Guacamole
Sour Cream
Shredded Cheese
Pickled Red Onions
Pickled Banana Peppers or Pickled Peppers
Lime Juice
Mexican Crema 
Shredded Lettuce

Sauce For Steak Tacos

If you’re one for sauce, here are some sauce and Homemade Salsa options:

Restaurant Style Salsa
Smoked Salsa
Pico de Gallo
Mango Pico de Gallo
Mango Habanero Sauce

Tacos al carbon on a cutting board.

Taco Al Carbon Tips

  • Cut the grilled meat into 1/4″ squares for the best ratio per bite and texture.
  • Don’t have an outdoor grill? Tacos al Carbon can be made inside on a grill pan
  • Plan on using about 2 oz of steak per taco.
  • To cut down on prep time (even though it’s already minimal), cut the onions and cilantro while the skirt steak is resting.
  • Recipes For Leftover Prime Rib – this is a great way to use your leftover holiday roast!

Side Dish Ideas

Tacos are amazing on their own, however if you’re looking to make it a well rounded meal, here are some ideas: 

Hand grabbing a mexican taco.

Drink Pairings

Any Mexican themed drinks or beer! Think Mexican MuleMango MicheladaMichelada rimmed with Chamoy, Mexican Candy Shot or Corona Sunrise.

Tacos al carbon on a black cutting board.
Print Recipe
5 from 7 votes

Tacos al Carbon

Stop Googling "Tacos al Carbon near me" and make your own at home! Tender flank steak or skirt steak is seasoned with salt and pepper and grilled to perfection. Serve inside a soft tortilla and top with onions and cilantro to create the best Tacos al Carbon recipe!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Cinco De Mayo Recipes, Taco Recipes
Servings: 8 tacos
Calories: 167kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $15

Ingredients

  • 1 Lb Skirt Steak (*Note 1)
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt, To Taste
  • Black Pepper, To Taste
  • 8 Soft Tortillas
  • 3/4 cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 1 cup Diced White Onion

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the grill to high heat.
  • Rub the skirt steak with olive oil and season with kosher salt and pepper, to taste. Grill for 3-5 minutes per side for medium-rare to medium. Use a digital thermometer to get it to your exact preferred internal temperature. Remove from the heat and set aside. (*Note 1)
  • Corn Tortillas - Spray/brush each tortilla lightly with olive oil and place on the grill. Heat for approx. 20 seconds, flip and heat for another 15 seconds, or until warm and pliable. Remove from the heat and repeat until all the tortillas are heated. (*Note 2)
    Flour Tortillas - Spray/brush each tortilla lightly with olive oil and place on the grill. Heat for approx. 20 seconds, flip and heat for another 15 seconds, or until warm and pliable. Remove from the heat and repeat until all the tortillas are heated. (*Note 2)
  • Dice the steak into 1/4" cubes and start building the tacos: Add the diced steak to a tortilla, sprinkle with diced onions and cilantro and serve!

Notes

Note 1 - Skirt steak will cook quickly, so stand by and use a digital thermometer to get it to your preferred internal temperature. If using flank steak, it will take a few extra minutes, per side, to cook as it's a thicker cut of meat.
Note 2- Keep an eye on the tortillas as they cook. They cook quickly and timing may vary depending on the skillet and stove used. They will be super soft and pliable when done.
Nutritional information is calculated using skirt steak and corn tortillas. 

Nutrition

Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 107IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.