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AUTHENTIC CARNE ASADA MARINADE
This easy and delicious grilled authentic Carne Asada Marinade recipe uses traditional flavors like orange and lime. Make authentic street tacos and burrito bowls in no time!
This is the only Carne Asada Marinade Recipe you will ever need! Authentic carne asada flavors come together to make this flank steak perfect for burrito bowls or street tacos.
Host a fun party with this recipe. So easy, you can marinate the steaks ahead of time and then just grill about a half an hour before serving. This recipe was featured in my Easy Taco Bar post, which has a lot of great ideas on items to accompany your Mexican-Style buffet.
WHAT IS CARNE ASADA?
Carne Asada is a traditional Mexican dish that involves flavoring flank steak with ingredients such as lime, orange, garlic, and onion. Once the flank steak is grilled, the serving possibilities are endless.
If you’ve never had carne asada before, it is great on top of salads, in burritos, or do the traditional way in street tacos with guacamole and pico de Gallo.
What type of meat is best for carne asada?
Here in the United States, I’ve found Arrachera/Fajita to be a favorite among Tex-Mex and Mexican restaurants. There are many different types of cuts for grilling in Mexico, and their quality is selected according to the amount of fat marbling that each cut has.
The amount of fat will contribute to the taste, softness, and juiciness of the meat.
- Rib Eye, also known as Bife Chorizo, is one of the best cuts for grilling for its juiciness and is sold in ¾ inch steaks. It is also one of the most expensive cuts in the market.
- Porter House, also known as T-Bone, whose T-shaped bone helps retain heat and shorten cooking time on the grill.
- Sirloin, also known as Churrasco or Aguayon, is a clean-cut with lower fat content; it is recommended to be bought in ¾ inch steaks to preserve softness while grilling.
- Then, we have the famous Fajita or Arrachera. This cut is very common and is usually marinated before grilling. It is sold whole or in a specialty cut, which butchers call “fileteado.”
- Short Ribs are tender with a nice marbling and are usually cut across the ribs, ½ to ¾ inches thick.
- Aguja Norteña, or Chuck Steak, is a very popular and low-cost cut of meat. Sold with or without the bone, this cut becomes very flavorful and soft when grilled.
HOW TO MAKE AUTHENTIC CARNE ASADA MARINADE
What I love about this recipe is that it’s super easy to put together. All you need to do is apply the marinade, let the steak sit, then grill and eat. Be sure to allow about 3-4 hours for the steak to marinade if possible.
Firstly, place the flank steak in a large ziplock bag or shallow glass plate. I like to use ziplock bags because the marinade can be easily moved around. Plus, it’s easier to store in the refrigerator.
Then, add the marinade ingredients to the steak. You can make the marinade in a bowl or just add everything to the bag. To make sure I have squeezed all of the juice from the limes and oranges, I love to use my Zulay Lemon Lime Squeezer. Try to marinade for at least 4 hours or overnight.
You can either grill this recipe on a barbecue or on the stove. Either way this is delicious! If grilling, cook on medium high heat for about 5 minutes per side. Be sure not to overcook the meat. You want it to register about 130-135 on a thermometer to know it’s done.
Remove the steak and let it sit, covered, for at least 5-10 minutes before slicing against the grain into thin strips. The meat will be juicy so make sure you are carving on a board that has rivets to allow for juices to pour into.
Let guests make their own street tacos. Serve with flour tortillas and corn tortillas. So yummy! Enjoy!
Serve with tortillas, guacamole, salsa, tomatoes, refried beans, and sour cream. What I love about serving carne asada tacos is that guests can serve themselves and add in whatever toppings they like.
- Be careful not to overcook the meat. You want it to register about 130-135 degrees on a meat thermometer.
- Let the meat sit, covered, for at least 5 minutes before cutting.
- Cut the meat against the grain into thin strips.
To marinate beef, place meat in a gallon-sized freezer bag or in the bottom of a shallow baking dish. Pour marinade on top of beef, close bag or cover dish, and marinate at least 1 hour before grilling.
How to serve Carne Asada?
Carne asada is the traditional meat used in street tacos. Serve with corn or flour tortillas, and lots of toppings like guacamole, pickled onions, sour cream, and salsa. You can also serve it on top of burrito bowls or salads.
What temperature to cook Carne Asada?
Whether you are grilling or frying your meat, make sure the internal temperature is between 130-135 degrees. Remove the meat from the heat source, tent with foil, and let sit for 5-10 minutes before slicing.