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Carne Asada on a platter with vegetables
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Carne Asada Recipe

This Carne Asada is tender, juicy skirt steak marinated in citrusy Mexican seasonings and grilled. Perfect for tacos and burritos, or on its own.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Marinating Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 360kcal


  • 2 lbs skirt steak or flank steak

Carne Asada Marinade

  • 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 6-7 minutes on each side. Only 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 against 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.


Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 1057mg | Potassium: 546mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 542IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 4mg