Carne Asada

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Carne asada is the perfect Mexican flavored meat to add to tacos, burritos, salads, or quesadillas. It’s tender, flavorful, and juicy.

We love to fill our Mexican dishes with this delicious carne asada meat! If you’re looking for other meats for your tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, definitely try sweet pork barbacoa and cafe rio shredded chicken.

carne asada on a plate with avocado and tortillas

Easy + Flavorful Meat

Carne asada is an easy dish you can whip up and add to any Mexican recipe you’d like. The marinade for this meat makes it juicy and packed with flavor. All of the ingredients come together perfectly for a flavor that is spicy, sweet, and compliments the meat.

This carne asada meat is highly requested at our house. We love grilling up the meat, slicing it or cubing it, and adding it to our favorite Mexican dishes. Carne asada tacos are our favorite!

We also like to add this to Quesadillas with homemade tortillas for a quick weeknight meal. Don’t forget adding it on top of your favorite salad. 😉

carne asada marinade over a flank steak in a casserole dish

How to Make Carne Asada

MARINADE. Whip up the marinade for the meat by combining the olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, minced garlic, cumin, and chili powder in a small bowl. Add the steak to the bowl, baking dish, or a bag (with the marinade poured over). Make sure the meat is coated and marinates for at least 2-3 hours.

GRILL. Heat your grill to medium-high heat and cook the marinated meat for 5-7 minutes on each side (internal meat temp should be at 125 degrees F). Let the meat rest on cutting board for 5 minutes. Slice the carne asada at an angle against the grain with a sharp knife and serve warm.

NOTE: The best meat to use for carne asada is either flank steak or skirt steak. Those types of beef are thin and easy to slice for tacos and other Mexican dishes.

carne asada cut into slices on a cutting board

Tips, Tricks + USES

Freeze in Marinade. If you want to make this meat ahead of time, you can freeze it in the marinade in a freezer safe bag. The meat will stay good for up to 6-8 months. When you’re ready to grill the meat, take it out and let it thaw in the fridge in the marinade. Then it will be ready to grill and eat!

Storing Leftovers. Store any leftover cooked meat you didn’t use in an airtight container in the fridge. It will stay good for up to 3-4 days.

Use Carne Asada Meat in the following Mexican dishes:

homemade carne asada on a plate with avocado and tortillas

We love that this meat is beyond flavorful! You can use it in so many dishes but can also eat it just plain, because it’s so delicious. We hope you enjoy it.

What to serve with carne asada:

Carne Asada Recipe

5 from 1 vote

Carne asada is the perfect Mexican flavored meat to add to tacos, burritos, salads, or quesadillas. It's tender, flavorful, and juicy.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinade Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 268 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs flank steak
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Make marinade by combining olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, minced garlic, cumin, and chili powder in a small bowl.

  2. Add steak to the bowl or to a baking dish (with marinade poured over) making sure meat is coated and marinate for 2-3 hours.

  3. Heat grill to medium-high heat and cook meat for 5-7 minutes on each side. Let meat rest on cutting board for 5 minutes.

  4. Slice meat at an angle against the grain with a sharp knife and serve warm. 

how to make carne asada

Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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