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Tacos del Carbón: The Charcoal-Grilled Delight

Tacos del Carbón take the beloved taco and elevate it with the smoky essence of charcoal grilling. Known for their deep, grilled flavors and quick cooking time, these tacos are perfect for outdoor gatherings and barbecue lovers.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Barbecue enthusiasts, fans of quick and easy meals, and anyone who enjoys the smoky flavors of charcoal-grilled foods.
  • Estimated Duration: Prep time: 15 minutes, Cooking time: 10-15 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Approximately 250-300 calories per serving, high in protein, and low in fat.

About this Recipe

Tacos del Carbón are a staple of Mexican street food and backyard barbecues. The dish is often made with quick-cooking meats like skirt steak or chicken, which are marinated, grilled over charcoal, and then served on corn tortillas.

Equipment Required

  • Charcoal grill or grill pan
  • Tongs
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cutting board
  • Knife


  • Skirt steak or chicken breasts: 1.5 lbs
  • Corn tortillas: 10 pieces
  • Lime juice: 1/4 cup
  • Garlic cloves: 3, minced
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Pepper: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Optional garnishes: diced onions, chopped cilantro, lime wedges


  1. Prepare Marinade: In a bowl, mix lime juice, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
  2. Marinate Meat: Coat the meat in the marinade and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Heat Grill: Preheat your charcoal grill or grill pan.
  4. Grill Meat: Place the marinated meat on the grill. Cook for about 4-6 minutes per side for steak, or until the internal temperature for chicken reaches 165°F (75°C).
  5. Rest and Slice: Let the meat rest for a few minutes before slicing it against the grain into thin strips.
  6. Assemble Tacos: Place the grilled meat on corn tortillas and garnish as desired.

Side Dishes

  • Mexican coleslaw
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Guacamole and chips

Storage Options

  • Store leftover grilled meat in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat on the stove or grill for best flavor.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Lemon juice can be used if lime juice is unavailable.
  • Pork can replace chicken or steak for a different flavor profile.

Alternatives to this Meal

  • Tacos al Pastor: Tacos with marinated pork and pineapple.
  • Tacos de Asada: Steak tacos without the charcoal-grilled element.
  • Tacos de Pescado: Fish tacos with a grilled or fried option.

A number of taco recipes can be found on this page


Tacos del Carbón are a celebration of smoky, grilled flavors wrapped in the convenience of a taco. Perfect for any outdoor event or when you’re craving that charcoal-grilled essence, these tacos are quick to prepare but long on flavor. Fire up that grill and enjoy!