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Carne Asada Recipe

A delicious Carne Asada recipe made from marinated flank or skirt steak and cooked on the grill. Juicy, tender and a great addition to any Mexican meal!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Marinating time2 hrs
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 213kcal
Author: Isabel Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • juice of 1 orange (about 1/4 cup of juice)
  • juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons of juice)
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for grilling
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for grilling
  • 2 pounds flank steak or skirt steak, excess fat removed

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients except for the steak. 
  • Place the steak in a large baking dish or gallon size ziplock bag and pour the marinade on top. Turn the steak a few times until it's completely coated with the marinade and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours. Do not marinate for longer than 8 hours because the meat will start to break down and get mushy. 
  • Remove steak from marinade and discard any excess marinade. Pat steak dry with paper towels and drizzle with a touch of olive oil, enough to coat each side. Season lightly with coarse salt and black pepper on both sides.
  • Preheat grill for direct heat grilling at medium-high heat (400-450°F). Grill steaks with the lid closed for 4-8 minutes per side, depending on the thickness. Skirt steak will be closer to 4 minutes per side and flank steak will be closer to 6-8 minutes per side.
  • Remove steaks and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Slice thinly against the grain and serve with mexican rice, refried beans and avocado salad.

Notes

To make sure the steak is cooked to your preferred temperature, I recommend buying an oven-safe meat thermometer like this one {affiliate link}.
 

Nutrition Facts
Carne Asada Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /8th of recipe)
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 620mg26%
Potassium 12mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 4.1mg5%
Calcium 0mg0%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/8th of recipe | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 620mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 1.8mg