Carne Asada

A delicious, easy, budget friendly Carne Asada in a savory homemade marinade, grilled to perfection!

It’s time for my 2nd favorite holiday of the year! Cinco de Mayo! The day we celebrate one of THE most important food groups on the food pyramid… Mexican food! Huh? You heard me!

In our little nest we realize how extremely important it is to make sure we adhere to the major food groups! Okay, all joking aside, because our daughter and son are both hispanic we always celebrate the holiday by serving our favorite Mexican foods.

Usually I make taquito’s, chili rellenos and fresh homemade salsa. They’re great! However, lately we have all developed a love for Carne Asada! So, I decided to come up with my own recipe. I’m just super brave like that! Or, crazy?!

Carne Asada Marinade

In my humble opinion you have three important elements to great carne asada. The steak, the marinade, and the person doing the grilling! (Never underestimate the importance of a good grill master! I happen to be in love with mine!)

The steak can be skirt steak, flank steak or top round. It should be sliced very thin! Some markets sell it sliced and in others you will have to ask the butcher to slice it for you.

The marinade should be loaded with flavor! This marinade is LOADED with flavor! (My hands tend to go nuts in the spice cupboard!) You can mix it all together in the morning, throw it in the refrigerator, and walk away till dinner time!

As for the “grill master” they need to be on their game! This meat is thin so it cooks FAST! Do NOT over cook this meat! I’m pretty sure that’s an eleventh commandment! (You’ll learn we have a lot of eleventh commandments in this Nest!)


Doesn’t this look amazing?! This meat is packed with flavor! Your mouth is watering right now isn’t it? I know mine is!  

I served it with roasted flour tortilla’s, fresh quacamole, grated cheddar cheese, fresh salsa and chips! Make sure you have some fresh lime wedges on the side. Fresh lime just kicks it up a notch!

What should I serve with Carne Asada?

TIP: You can slice it into smaller strips if you want, but if you’re like us and can’t wait to do that, just throw a slice on a tortilla and go for it!

The printable recipe is below. Let me know how you like the recipe. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, or any day! Enjoy!

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Yield: 4 servings

Carne Asada

Carne Asada
This is a wonderful marinade for carne asada that is packed full of flavor. It is best cooked on an open grill and served with tortillas, grated cheese, quacamole and fresh lime wedges. Enjoy!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1.5 to 2 pounds of skirt steak, flank steak or top round, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/8 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 4 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1/8 tsp chipotle pepper


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl for the marinade.
  2. In a large zip lock bag, or a large storage container with lid,separate your sliced meat. Pour the marinade over the beef making sure that all the meat is covered.
  3. Place meat in the refrigerator until time to grill.
  4. Preheat your grill. BBQ meat on medium high heat turning quickly until done.
  5. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 451 Total Fat: 32g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 22g Cholesterol: 85mg Sodium: 576mg Carbohydrates: 3g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 35g
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  1. Teresa | 28th Apr 16

    Ok this looks amazing!! And carne asada is my favorite at my favorite Mexican restaurant. I will definitely have to try this. And I’m sure since it’s your recipe that it will be delicious!!

    • | 28th Apr 16

      Thanks Teresa! I LOVE Mexican food. It’s the best! Let me know how you like this recipe. I think you’ll really enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by and visiting!

  2. Alicia Baldwin | 29th Apr 16

    Question……do you slice your meat thin or do you have the butcher do it at the store? Never done this……excited to try!! LOVE carne asada!

    • | 29th Apr 16

      Hi Alicia! I actually buy mine precut at Wal-Mart in their meat department. It’s cut just perfect! I think you will really enjoy this recipe!

  3. Joe Wilson | 9th Jun 16

    Thank you, thank you and thank you for your Carne Asada recipe. Do you know how difficult to get authentic Mexican food in Idaho?

    Your recipe is a good balance of seasonings.

    • | 9th Jun 16

      Hi Joe! You are so welcome! I imagine it is just as hard in Idaho as it is in Utah! lol Hope you really enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Alicia Baldwin | 18th Jun 16

    I’ve been meaning to comment since trying this. All I can say is…..WOW!! The flavor, texture and moistness was amazing!! Since making it I’ve had carne asada at a couple of restaurants……not even close to how yummy this recipe was. No lie!! I keep craving it! It’s sooooo good!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    • | 20th Jun 16

      Alicia thank you so much for your rave review! I REALLY appreciate it! I’m so happy you guys love the Carna Asada recipe! I just love Mexican food. It’s the best! Thanks again. 🙂

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