Carne Asada is thinly sliced grilled steak served with tacos, burritos, salad or rice and beans. This is the best carne asada recipe with easy and super flavourful marinade. Steak pro husband approved.
I have been perfecting the marinade for 2 summers. 🙂 You have to try!
Carne Asada Recipe
Carne asada literally means “grilled meat”. It comes from Latin America. But I can assure you that anyone can make delicious carne asada using my recipe. 🙂
Do you love steak? Show me who doesn’t?! It is expensive and fatty, so it’s a treat for our family. So, it better be tasty, juicy and flavorful. So, I have made the marinade 5 times over the course of 2 summers.
It consists of simple pantry and fridge ingredients and produces flavorful with a bit of a heat kick steak. And so easy! If this Ukrainian could do it, so can you.
And about whether it is authentic… I have been to Mexico 15 times and believe the recipe I have here is authentic because there are “100 million” ways to grill this meat. At least it tastes just as good and better than any I have tried wink-wink. 😉
Let’s do it!
What Is The Best Meat for Carne Asada?
Beef. I am using skirt steak – thin and long. Flank steak is similar and is often used to make carne asada.
Wikipedia suggests sirloin, tenderloin and rib steak can be used. Since these are thick cuts of meat, I would stick to 24 hour marinating time.
What Is Carne Asada Marinade?
After numerous trials, I found the best carne asada marinade consists of:
soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, black pepper and minced jalapeno, garlic and cilantro.
This combination has enough acid to break down tough fibers, and fresh and dried herb and spices to flavor the steak. So good!
How Long to Marinate Carne Asada?
4-24 hours. I personally tried both times and carne asada was flavorful. However, thicker cuts need more time.
- Thin skirt or flank steak – 4 hours.
- Thick sirloin, tenderloin or rib steak – 24 hours.
How to Cook Carne Asada
- Make marinade by combining soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, black pepper and minced jalapeno, garlic and cilantro.
- Pour marinade over meat – I love to lay meat in large baking dish for better penetration. Toss around gently to cover all sides.
- Marinate 4-24 hours – Thin steak could be marinated for shorter time.
- Grill has to be hot – Make sure to preheat BBQ to at least 500 degrees F. Cook steak covered for about 5 minutes per side. It will get smoky but as long as it’s not burning. You want nice grill marks outside and tender juicy inside.
- When is it done? To be honest, I find meat thermometer inserted in the middle of thin steak on the grill not accurate. Instead, cutting in the meat right on the grill or plate checking for doneness works best. Cook until you see desired amount of blood. But keep in mind meat will continue cooking with residual heat during resting.
- Let it rest for 5 minutes covered with foil or any lid.
How to Serve Carne Asada
So many ways, including with mashed potatoes. Why not? 🙂 The juices are perfect for drizzling on potatoes. Ukrainian in me, for sure.
- Carne asada tacos – corn tortilla smeared with guacamole, topped with meat and lots of white onion and lime juice.
- Traditional – With cooked brown rice and black beans. Got time? Try my Instant Pot refried beans.
- Wraps – incorporate into burritos.
- Greens – over majorly leafy green salad like arugula salad or kale salad.
- With Mexican inspired salad – corn avocado salad, Mexican corn salad or quinoa black bean salad.
Enjoy! I definitely think this carne asada recipe is great for a BBQ with friends and family. 🙂
More Grilled Meat Recipes
Carne Asada is thinly sliced grilled steak served in tacos, burritos, salad or rice and beans. This is the best carne asada recipe with easy and super flavourful marinade. Steak pro husband approved. I have been perfecting the marinade for 2 summers. 🙂 You have to try!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Grilling
- Cuisine: Mexican
- 3 lbs skirt or flank steak
- 1/3 cup soy sauce (I used Bragg’s liquid aminos)
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 limes (1/4 cup), juice of
- Handful cilantro, minced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 jalapeño with seeds, minced
- 2 tsp cumin, ground
- 2 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- In a medium bowl, combine marinade ingredients: soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno, cumin, chili powder and pepper. Whisk well.
- Place steak in a large flat dish with side – I love using Pyrex glass baking dish with a lid.
- Pour marinade on top and toss steak gently to coat an all sides.
- Cover and refrigerate for 4 – 24 hours. I tried both and both times we had flavorful steak. Of course, longer marinating, more flavor. Don’t exceed 24 hours.
- Preheat grill to 500 degrees F or medium-high heat.
- Grill covered for 5 minutes per side for medium rare, longer for more done. Play it by ear and grill like you would steak. Because skirt steak is quite thin, inserting meat thermometer in it while on the grill isn’t the best method to check for level of doneness, I found. Instead I like to cut with a knife right on the grill or on the plate.
- To grill indoors, use well seasoned cast iron grill pan.
- Let meat rest covered with foil for 5 minutes to allow juices settle.
- Thinly slice and serve in tacos, with corn avocado salad, rice and beans or mashed potatoes. Why not?! 🙂
Store: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days in an airtight container. Freeze for 3 months.
- I used skirt steak. As per Wikipedia, sirloin, tenderloin or rib steak are good cuts for making carne asada.
- I would recommend to marinate thicker cuts for 24 hours and thin ones will be fine with 4 hours.
- When checking for doneness, keep in mind meat will keep cooking with residual heat during resting. I recommend to remove it before desired doneness. For example, I like medium rare steak, so I remove meat from the grill with a bit more blood than I eat.
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