Carne Asada is tender, juicy skirt steak marinated in citrusy Mexican seasonings and grilled. Perfect for tacos and burritos, or on its own.
Grilling at home is one of the easiest ways to make this amazing restaurant classic. You can also easily cook inside with a grill pan.
What type of meat is Carne Asada?
Carne Asada is a skirt or flank steak that has been marinated, grilled on hot heat, and thinly sliced.
One of the greatest things about this Carne Asada marinade recipe is how easy it is to make. It comes together in minutes and uses ingredients you likely have on hand. Be sure to make it with freshly squeezed juices. We like our version with lime and orange juice. However, if you like it more tart substitute the orange juice with lemon juice.
How to make classic Carne Asada:
- Blend all marinade ingredients together in a small bowl
- Place skirt or flank steak in an oblong glass baking dish and pour the marinade on top.
- Turn the steak pieces to ensure they are well coated with the marinade
- Cover and marinate 2 to 24 hours
How to grill the marinated meat:
- When ready to cook start heating the grill
- Remove steak from refrigerator and let it come to room temperature
- Drain most of the marinade off of the meat
- Grill on high heat for about 5-7 minutes per side. Only turn the meat once to ensure a great sear on the meat.
- Let the meat rest, covered loosely with foil, on a cutting board for about 5-10 minutes to allow the juices to reabsorb back into the meat
- Slice thinly on the grain
- If using for tacos, burritos, or nachos slice into smaller bite-size pieces.
Best way to use Carne Asada grilled meat:
- Tacos – this meat makes the absolute best tacos! We like to keep it simple with chopped onions, cilantro and a few chopped tomatoes in soft corn tortillas
- Burritos – be sure to dice the meat small before adding to your burritos
- Nachos – add shredded cheese, black or pinto beans, salsa, and after baking top with guacamole and sour cream
Other great Mexican inspired recipes:
Carne Asada Recipe
- 2 lbs skirt steak or flank steak
Carne Asada Marinade
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 4 Tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 2 Tbsp orange juice, freshly squeezed
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp cilantro, roughly chopped
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper, freshly ground
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- Combine all marinade ingredients and whisk to combine
- Place steak pieces in an oblong glass dish. Pour all of the marinade over the steak pieces and turn to coat.
- Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 24-hours.
- Remove from the refrigerator and allow the meat to come to room temperature.
- Heat charcoal grill (or a gas grill to medium-high) until very hot.
- Remove meat from the marinade.
- Sear meat for about 7 minutes on each side. Ony turn the meat once. Meat should be nicely charred on both sides.
- Remove meat from grill and let it rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes, loosely covered with foil, to allow the juices to reabsorb into the meat.
- Slice the meat on the grain into slices, or small pieces for tacos, burritos, or nachos.
Carne Asada Tacos
- Heat soft corn tortillas, fill each with carne asada meat, cilantro, salsa, and diced onions.