Carne Asada

Carne Asada is a classic Mexican dish featuring marinated and grilled beef, typically served with tortillas and various toppings. This flavorful and juicy dish is perfect for a weekend barbecue or a casual dinner.

Preparation Time:

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes (plus marinating time)
  • Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25-30 minutes (plus marinating time)


  • 2 pounds flank steak or skirt steak
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (about 2-3 limes)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Marinate the Steak:

  1. Prepare Marinade: In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, soy sauce, lime juice, orange juice, minced garlic, minced jalapeño, ground cumin, paprika, chili powder, dried oregano, and chopped cilantro.
  2. Marinate: Place the flank steak in a large resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the steak, ensuring it is well-coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

Grill the Steak:

  1. Preheat Grill: Preheat your grill to high heat.
  2. Grill Steak: Remove the steak from the marinade and let any excess marinade drip off. Season both sides of the steak with salt and pepper. Grill the steak for about 4-6 minutes per side for medium-rare, or adjust the cooking time to your preferred doneness.

Rest and Serve:

  1. Rest Steak: Transfer the grilled steak to a cutting board and let it rest for 5-10 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute.
  2. Slice Steak: Slice the steak against the grain into thin strips.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Tacos: Serve the sliced carne asada in warm tortillas with your favorite toppings such as guacamole, salsa, chopped onions, cilantro, and lime wedges.
  • Burritos: Use the carne asada as a filling for burritos with rice, beans, cheese, and your favorite salsa.
  • Platter: Serve with Mexican rice, beans, and a side salad for a complete meal.

Cooking Tips:

  • Marinating Time: For the best flavor, marinate the steak for at least 4 hours, but overnight is ideal.
  • Grill Marks: To achieve perfect grill marks, resist the urge to move the steak around too much while it’s cooking.

Nutritional Benefits:

  • Beef: A good source of protein, iron, and B vitamins.
  • Citrus: Provides a burst of vitamin C from the lime and orange juice.

Dietary Information:

  • Gluten-Free: Ensure the soy sauce is gluten-free to make this recipe suitable for gluten-free diets.
  • Dairy-Free: This recipe is naturally dairy-free.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Flavorful: The marinade infuses the steak with a rich, tangy flavor.
  • Versatile: Serve in tacos, burritos, or as part of a main course.
  • Quick and Easy: Simple to prepare, especially if you marinate the steak in advance.


Carne Asada is a delicious and versatile dish that’s perfect for any occasion. The flavorful marinade and quick grilling make it an easy and tasty meal. Whether served in tacos, burritos, or as a standalone dish, this Carne Asada will become a favorite in your recipe collection. Enjoy!

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