fbpx

Info

All demo content is for sample purposes only, intended to represent a live site. Please use the RocketLauncher to install an equivalent of the demo, all images will be replaced with sample images.

17 July 2019

With this rockin’ carne asada recipe, you flavor flank or skirt steak with a zingy homemade marinade, then grill it, slice it and serve it. It’s hard to beat! A Mexican classic!

You’ve probably enjoyed carne asada at your local Mexican restaurant, and if you’re like me, you love it deeply. It’s a hugely flavorful Mexican dish, mostly served in taco form, but sometimes served sliced as the main dish.

Carne Asada translates to “Grilled Meat”, but that doesn’t say much about what it really is. What defines it is that amazing flavor of beef straight off the grill. Let’s discuss what it is and how to make it at home.

What is Carne Asada?

Carne asada is a Mexican recipe of beef that is marinated, grilled, then sliced and served. The words, “Carne Asada” translate to “Grilled Meat” from Spanish, but the dish has certainly evolved over the ages. What once was likely a simple recipe of lightly seasoned meat tossed onto a grill is now a hugely popular and flavorful favorite.

When making carne asada, you have three major considerations:

  1. The Cut of Beef
  2. The Marinade
  3. The Grilling

Grilling my flank steak

Best Steak for Carne Asada

Skirt steak or flank steak are the most popular choices for making carne asada, but did you know you can make it with other cuts of beef? Flank or skirt steak are not required. You can make carne asada with ribeye, tenderloin, sirloin and other cuts of beef. The choice is yours.

I prefer flank steak because it is a slightly tougher cut of meat that benefits hugely from the marinade. Also, it grills up quickly, and once it is grilled, when you slice it against the grain, the meat falls right apart for the perfect combination of texture and flavor.

Flank Steak

The Carne Asada Marinade – Your Secret Ingredient

You need a good marinade to make carne asada. There is no single traditional marinade, and marinade recipes vary from cook to cook and region to region. Some simply use a dry rub of salt and pepper with other seasonings, but my recipe incorporates a number of different ingredients. I’ve been tweaking it for a while now, using it on different cuts of meat. For me, it’s the best carne asada marinade I’ve ever had.

The marinade helps to not only flavor the meat, but also tenderize it. Once you’ve marinaded your steak, you’ll notice how tender and juicy it becomes after you’ve grilled it. Each bite will melt in your mouth.

I can’t get enough of this marinade!

Carne Asada Marinade Recipe

Check out my Zesty Carne Asada Marinade here, but I’ve also included it in the recipe below.

Should I Cut the Steak Before or After Marinating for Carne Asada?

If your plan is to make carne asada tacos, you can slice the meat before you marinade it. This will cut down on your marinating time and will also help the marinade more deeply penetrate the meat. Otherwise, I like to marinate the steak whole to cook it through more uniformly. I’ve never had an issue this way.

Let’s talk about how we make it, shall we?

Fire up the grill, my friends.

Flank steak on the grill

Carne Asada Recipe

First, whisk together the following ingredients in a medium-sized bowl to make your marinade:

  • 1-2 serrano peppers, minced (or use jalapeno peppers for a milder version)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ – ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chili oil
  • Juice from 2 large oranges (about a ¾ cup orange juice)
  • Juice from 2 limes (lime juice)
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar (apple cider vinegar is good, too)
  • 1 tablespoon ancho powder (optional, but I LOVE it)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Whisking together the carne asada marinade ingredients in a bowl

Alternatively, you can process the ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.

To use the marinade, add it to a large sealable bag with the steak and rub it thoroughly into the meat. Seal and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for more flavor penetration.

You can also set the submerge the steak in the marinade in a large baking dish.

Flank Steak marinating in a plastic bag

When you’re ready to grill, heat your grill to medium-high heat. Remove the steak, discard the marinade, then sear the marinated steak on the grill for 8-10 minutes per side, or until cooked to your liking. 135 degrees F is medium-rare.

I like to use my ThermoPop meat thermometer from ThermoWorks (I’m an affiliate). Works great! Almost there!

Checking the internal temperature of my flank steak

Let the steak rest for 5 minutes (or up to 10 minutes), then thinly slice it against the grain on a cutting board and serve it up.

Slicing my carne asada

That’s it, my friends! This is the best carne asada I’ve ever had. Super tender, super flavorful. Seriously hard to beat.

Recipe Notes

If grilling is an issue, you can also sear up the steak in a hot cast iron pan or a grill pan. I’ve done this and it works great.

For serving, you can serve it as the main course with a side of refried beans, topped with a fresh pico de gallo, or slice it further and serve it up as Carne Asada Tacos, burritos, tortas and more.

That’s it, my friends! Let me know how you like the steak. I love it! Have a good one.

Try Some of My Other Popular Recipes

Carne Asada on a platter, ready to serve

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 4 votes
Carne Asada Recipe
Carne Asada Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

With this rockin’ carne asada recipe, you flavor flank or skirt steak with a zingy homemade marinade, then grill it, slice it and serve it. It’s hard to beat! A Mexican classic!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: carne asada, flank steak, Mexican, recipe, skirt steak
Servings: 6
Calories: 442 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
FOR THE MARINADE
  • 1-2 serrano peppers minced (or use jalapeno peppers for a milder version)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ - ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chili oil
  • Juice from 2 large oranges about a ¾ cup
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar apple cider vinegar is good, too
  • 1 tablespoon ancho powder optional, but I LOVE it
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
FOR THE CARNE ASADA
  • 3 pound skirt or flank steak for marinating
Instructions
  1. Whisk all of the marinade ingredients in a medium sized bowl until well combined.
  2. Alternatively, you can process the ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.
  3. To use the marinade, add it to a large sealable bag with the steak and rub it thoroughly into the meat. Seal and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for more flavor penetration.
  4. Discard the marinade, then grill the marinated steak on the grill for 8-10 minutes per side, or until cooked to your liking. 135 degrees F is medium-rare. Let the steak rest for 10 minutes, then slice it against the grain and serve it up.
Nutrition Facts
Carne Asada Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 442 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 136mg45%
Sodium 337mg14%
Potassium 813mg23%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 405IU8%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Carne Asada Recipe: Grilled Marinated Steak - With this rockin\' carne asada recipe, you flavor flank or skirt steak with a zingy homemade marinade, then grill it, slice it and serve it. It\'s hard to beat! A Mexican classic! #MexicanCuisine #Grilling #Steak

12 comments

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thank YOU, Kathy! I appreciate it. Enjoy.

  1. Garry Phillips


    Hi Mike,
    Thanks for another good round of recipes
    I have a Waygu Brisket , plan on using the skirt it is a 6 on the marble score, I will marinate it over night. Cook on a BBQ

    I have no Ancho powder, bit hard to get in Australia, so as a substitute I used was a mixed smoked paprika (50%) and Jalepeno chilli powder (50%), would that be a suitable substitute?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Drool, Garry! Super jealous! I wish I was there! Yes, the smoked paprika and jalapeno powder will be great for flavoring. Let me know how it turns out! Drool!

  2. Dwight O Lindley

    In the printed recipe, the description at the top says to use a 2 lb steak. But near the bottom is says to use a 3 pound steak. Which is best? I really look forward to trying this recipe. Thanks!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Dwight, thanks for pointing that out. Glitch in my recipe card software. The recipe calls for a 3 pound steak. However, it WILL work with a smaller cut. I hope you enjoy it.


  3. i usually cook with pork or chicken and have been a bit wary of beef for some reason. this’ll be getting made though and has also inspired me to get a food thermometer.
    keep up the great, and creative, work.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Col. I hope you like it. I’ve been really LOVING flank steak lately. This particular recipe is very satisfying.


      1. wow! added some wholegrain mustard to the marinade (hardly traditional i’m sure) and this recipe rocks.

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          Perfect! Mustard isn’t traditional, but it certainly is welcomed as a flavor builder. Nicely done!

  4. RIA Dobek

    I made this tonight and it was delicious! I did an experiment using petite sirloin steak I had in the freezer. It is normally a tough cut so I marinated it for about 28 hrs. I got the grill really hot & cooked them for about 6 minutes per side till they were medium rare . They ended up tender and juicy and delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Awesome, Ria! Sounds great with the sirloin!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

327 Shares
Pin302
Share24
Yum1
Tweet
Email