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Carne Asada Marinade Recipe
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5 from 3 votes

Zesty Carne Asada Marinade Recipe

To make the best carne asada, you need a great carne asada marinade recipe. Mine is a perfect blend of seasonings and flavors for the best I've ever had.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Marinating Time2 hrs
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: arrachera, carne asada, marinade, recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 338kcal


  • 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
  • 2 pound skirt or flank steak for marinating


  • Whisk all of the ingredients (except for the steak) in a medium sized bowl until well combined.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 555mg | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2.9mg