Steak al Carbon

"Al carbon" means "cooked over coals" in Spanish, but you can also cook this skirt steak in a grill pan. This marinated meat makes the tastiest taco filling ever!

Steak al Carbon in round skillet
Photo: Andy Lyons Cameraworks LTD
Prep Time:
30 mins
Marinate Time:
4 hrs
Grill Time:
14 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 44 mins
12 tacos


  • 2 pound beef skirt steak, trimmed of fat

  • ½ cup lime juice

  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 teaspoon chili powder

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 12 green onions or 2 medium onions, cut into 12 slices total

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil


  1. Place meat in a large resealable plastic bag. For marinade, in a small bowl combine the next five ingredients (through salt). Pour marinade over meat. Seal bag; turn to coat meat. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours, turning bag occasionally.

  2. If using green onions, trim tops and ends. Brush onions with the 1 tsp. oil.

  3. Place onions on the rack of a covered grill over medium-high heat. (Be sure to place green onions perpendicular to the grill grates so they won't fall through the grate.) Grill 4 to 5 minutes or just until onions are tender, turning occasionally. Transfer onions to a bowl; cover with foil to keep warm.

  4. Drain steak, discarding marinade. Grill steak, covered, over medium-high heat about 4 minutes or until slightly pink in center, turning once. Remove from grill. Slice meat diagonally across the grain into 1 1/2-inch-wide strips. If desired, cut the onions into 1-inch pieces.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

126 Calories
6g Fat
1g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 126
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 73mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 3.2mg 16%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 265mg 6%
Folate, total 12mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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