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Part 2 - Carne Asada Tacos with Cactus (Nopales) Salad and Watermelon Mojito (Cooking with Carolyn)

Try these tasty Carne Asada Tacos with Cactus Salad. Fresh ingredients bring such great taste to the table. Highly recommended to watch the Part 1 - Carne Asada Tacos with Cactus (Nopales) Salad and Watermelon Mojito (Cooking with Carolyn) before you watch this video.
For the carne asada
  Flap steak 1 Pound
  Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
  Lime juice 1 Tablespoon
For the marinade
  All purpose seasoning 2 Tablespoon (Grand Diamond)
  Extra virgin olive oil 1 Tablespoon
For the tortillas
  Corn tortillas 16 Small (8 regular size)
  Extra virgin olive oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
For the cactus salsa
  Red raddish 1 Cup (16 tbs), slice
  Tomatoes 3 Cup (48 tbs), dice
  Kosher salt 2 Teaspoon
  Red onion 1 Cup (16 tbs), chop
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm), finely chopped
  Habenero pepper 2 Medium, finely chopped
  Cilantro 3 Tablespoon, finely chopped
  Nopales 1 Bottle (1 l), rinsed
  Lemon juice 2 Tablespoon
For the watermelon mojito
  Watermelon juice 16 Ounce
  Limes 1 Small, quartered
  Fresh mint leaves 1 Bunch (100 gm)
  Simple syrup 4 Tablespoon
  Bacardi white rum 8 Ounce (Bacardi Watermelon Rum)

1. In a large bowl pour the lemon and lime juice over the flap steak add the Grand Diamond All Purpose Seasoning, olive oil. Once done massage all of the ingredients together coat the meat with the marinade.
2. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
3. In the meantime finely chop the red onion, habanero chili, cilantro and garlic, keep it aside.
4. Dice the tomatoes and keep it in a large bowl, slice the red radish and keep it in a bowl until needed.
5. After an hour remove from the refrigerator and let it the steak to come to room temperature.

6. Preheat a cast iron grill pan, over medium-high to high heat. Shake off the excess marinade before placing the steak on the hot grill.
7. Sear each side for approximately 2 to 3 minutes or to the desired doneness.
8. Once done, remove and let it rest for 5 minutes.
9. Combine the red onion, cilantro, habanero chili, garlic to the diced tomatoes, add some kosher salt
10. Rinse the nopales under hot water and leave it in the strainer to drain the excess water.
11. Roughly chop the nopales and add it to the diced tomatoes mixture, mix all the ingredients well.
12. Squeeze the lemon and lime juice, and keep the cactus salsa in the refrigerator until needed.
13. Warm the tortillas in a separate pan, coat it with slight olive oil.
14. Once the tortillas are warmed up keep it on the serving plate.
15. Cut the steak into small pieces and place a small amount on each set of tortillas and top with Cactus (Nopales) Salsa.
16. Garnish with sliced red radish.

17. Serve the carne asada tacos hot along with watermelon mojito.


1. Cut the watermelon into small pieces and blend it in the high spend blender.
2. Blend for 2 minutes and strain the watermelon juice with the help of a strainer.
3. Take a glass and squeeze the lime juice and add fresh mint leaves and pond the lime and mint leaves.
4. Pour the simple syrup adds the ice cubes and drizzle watermelon rum.
5. Stir and serve chilled.

6. Serve the watermelon mojito along with your carne asada tacos.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
150 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
180 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 557 Calories from Fat 175

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 19 g29.7%

Saturated Fat 5.6 g27.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 30.4 mg10.1%

Sodium 654.3 mg27.3%

Total Carbohydrates 63 g21%

Dietary Fiber 7.9 g31.7%

Sugars 12.9 g

Protein 19 g37.8%

Vitamin A 43.6% Vitamin C 55%

Calcium 37.1% Iron 31.3%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Part 2 - Carne Asada Tacos With Cactus (Nopales) Salad And Watermelon Mojito (Cooking With Carolyn) Recipe Video