What is Arrachera?

Many Mexican dish fans have tried fajitas, but not Arrachera. If you have, consider yourself lucky because it is one of the best-grilled beef. What is Arrachera, and how do you cook it?

Keep reading to learn more about the Arrachera taste, cooking recipes, and more.

What Exactly Is Arrachera?

Arrachera is a skirt steak or beef cut from the cow’s belly, but it is just as tender and flavorful as other cuts. Once you try it, you might say it is one of the tastiest pieces of meat.

Some say it is a bit dry due to the connective tissue in the diaphragm muscles. However, there is nothing that marinade can’t solve. With a marinade, you can tenderize the meat and give it that soft, juicy, and delicious flavor.

Ideally, for skirt steaks and other tough steaks, it is best to marinate for 20-24 hours. In many butcher shops, you may also find Arrachera sliced and marinated.

Why Is It Called Arrachera?

While you may assume that Arrachera comes from an old Mexican word, that is not the case here. There is no word relating to this cut steak in the Mexican or Spanish language.

However, in the French language, there is a word “arracher,” meaning to pull up or grab, referring to the cinch that holds the saddle on a horse. The word probably developed in Mexico, where the French army was positioned.

What Kind of Steak to Use

With grilled or sliced beef Carne Asada steak, you can make all traditional Arrachera recipes or experiment with new ones.

Carne Asada is a marinated and grilled skirt steak, and you can find it in almost any butcher shop.

Recipe for Traditional Arrachera

If you know little about Mexican cuisine, you will agree that nothing is more traditional than tacos. Mexican tacos are about well-cooked meat, fresh ingredients, spices, and bold flavors.

So, what’s the perfect recipe for traditional Arrachera that involves tacos? Carne Asada tacos! They are easy to prepare and delicious to enjoy at home with family and friends.


It will be perfect if you have an outdoor grill, but if you don’t, an indoor grill pan will work just fine. Here is a list of ingredients you need:

  • Arrachera skirt steak (between ¼” and ½” inch thick)
  • Two sliced avocados or guacamole
  • White, yellow, or red onions
  • Flour tortillas
  • Lime (to squeeze on top of the tortillas)
  • Cilantro (a sprinkle of fresh cilantro will add to the taste)
  • Cheese (for Mexican tacos, cotija cheese is the best option)
  • Flour tortillas


Step 1: Prepare the Meat – The first thing you need to do is marinate the Arrachera skirt steak (it is best to leave it overnight to soak the juices). Next, add the steak to a pan or grill at medium-high or high heat. A few minutes per side is enough for it to get that brownish color.

Step 2: Add Avocado – Get warmed tortillas and slather them with avocado. Carne Asada tacos are a traditional dish and not a fancy meal, so don’t try to cut the perfect avocado slices. If you want, you can also use guacamole for more flavor.

Step 3: Add Cheese, Cilantro, OnionSlice the steak and add it on top of the avocado or guacamole. Then, add fresco cotija cheese, a sprinkle of fresh cilantro, and chopped onion. Squeeze a few drops of fresh lime and take a bite.

Topping Ideas

A topping makes every recipe better. When it comes to taco topping ideas, you can experiment with spices, vegetables, and cheeses. Here are some ideas to help you jazz up your Carne Asada taco recipe.

  • Fresh sauce – Fresh Pico de Gallo is always an excellent choice. For a creamy touch, you may add spicy chipotle or lime crema.
  • Fresh veggies – Choose the veggies of your choice and add for an extra fresh crunch.
  • Cheeses – You can use the traditional cotija cheese or any other Mexican cheese as a topping.
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Written by: Adam Wojtow

Adam is the founder of Steak Revolution. He loves sharing his knowledge of steaks with everyone, ensuring you get the perfect steak every time.