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Tacos al Carbon

This is an excellent dish for those who are just getting to know the Mexican food because the delicious and unbeatable flavor of these tacos encourages people to ask for more Mexican food – involving them in the world of Mexican flavors.

The tacos al carbon are very famous in Mexico and in all the taquerias. They consist of diced beef, to which coriander and onion is put. Green salsa, red salsa, chipotle pepper salsa or your favorite salsa can be put to these tacos – they can also be accompanied with roasted spring onions or roasted nopals.

If you want to have the experience of a typical taqueria meal you can start with a melted cheese with chorizo and peppers then some charro beans, your tacos al carbon and finally a rice pudding – oh and for drink an horchata water.

About the Recipe

  • To make the tacos al carbon only some ingredients have to be chopped then the beef is fried and at the end the tacos are assembled. A recipe that anyone can make.
  • As it can be imagined the tacos al carbon are prepared in a roaster. If you have the possibility of preparing them in this way is perfect. If you don’t have a roaster, don’t worry because they can also be prepared in a frying pan.
  • With regard to the meat that is needed, we recommend buying beef sirloin and preferably ask for thin fillets.
  • The total preparation time is of .
  • The recipe is for 10 tacos al carbon.


  • 1.1 lbs of Beef Fillets
  • 10 Maize Tortillas (7 oz)
  • 2 Limes (2.1 oz)
  • 1/2 Onion (2.4 oz)
  • 3 Coriander sprigs (1 oz)
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of Salt

  • Cookware

  • 1 Frying Pan
  • 1 Griddle
  • 1 Chopping Board
  • 1 Turner
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Ramekin

  • Directions

    If you are going to prepare the beef in the roaster, this is the time of turning it on since the coals take time to heat up.

    Chop Ingredients

    1. Cut 2 limes into wedges, upon completion put them in a ramekin and reserve.
    2. Dice 1/2 onion, then reserve.
    3. Finely chop 3 coriander sprigs, then set aside.

    Cook the Beef

    1. Clean 1.1 lbs of beef fillets and sprinkle over both sides of the fillets pepper to taste and 1 tablespoon of salt; then set aside.

    In this moment the roaster must be ready to put the beef.

    1. Heat in a frying pan over medium heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
    2. Incorporate in the frying pan the beef fillets that were cleaned (the ones that fit in) and fry them for about 2 minutes per each side, until they are well cooked or to the level of doneness that you like the most.
    3. Transfer from the frying pan to a chopping board the fillets that were cooked and reserve.
    4. Repeat the same procedure with the fillets that were not fried, it will be necessary to add more olive oil.
    5. Dice all the fillets that were cooked, then set aside.

    Make the Tacos

    1. Heat on a griddle over medium heat 10 corn tortillas for about 30 seconds per each side, until they are well heated.
    2. Remove from the griddle the tortillas and put on each one:
    • Some of the Beef dices that were cooked.
    • Some of the Onion dices that were cut.
    • Some of the Coriander that was minced.

    1. Take the tacos al carbon to the table, along with the ramekin where the limes were put.

    Some Delicious Tacos!

    Tacos al Carbon prepared at a stall

    Tip: It is very funny but in Mexico these tacos are served with double tortilla in case that some beef falls while eating, you can always make another taco.

    Variation: Taste the tacos with crispy tortillas and with beef as protagonist with the fried beef tacos.

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    The “Corn Tortillas La Banderita” are excellent to make tacos because they are thin, soft, they have good flavor and the most important... they don’t break at the moment of rolling.

    A taco without lime doesn’t have taco’s authentic flavor. For this reason it is very important to put them lime. In case that you don’t have lime, buy this organic limes.

    The best is to put fresh coriander to the tacos. In case that you cannot get it the “Cilantro Simply Organic” can also be used. Unfortunately it won’t be as good as the fresh one but your tacos will have a good taste.