The Ultimate Carne Asada Recipe [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
4.86 from 7 reviews

Carne Asada is a juicy and tender beef that was marinated, then, grilled. It is a Mexican dish that is easy to make, versatile, and a crowd favorite! Watch the short video tutorial below and see how easy and delicious this dish is!

To prepare a balanced meal with it, serve with Mexican Black Bean Salad and Cilantro Lime Rice. Enjoy it with the refreshing Horchata!

Carne Asada Recipe

Authentic Carne Asada Recipe

Carne Asada is made by grilling beef that has been marinated for optimal tenderness and flavor. It is smoky and charred on the outside, but tender on the inside!

Both flank and skirt steaks are lean and tough. But since this recipe calls for marinating the meat, then, it should not be a problem.

This dinner is highly versatile. You can make this into fajitas, tacos, and more! Another reason why my family and friends adore it and go for seconds whenever I serve this.

Did I say that it is easy to make? You do not need to go to restaurants to enjoy such a delectable dinner – make it within the confines of your home with this easy recipe!

What is carne asada?

It means “roasted,” this dish is made by grilling a piece of beef that has been marinated. Then, it is sliced very thinly against the grain in order to make it easier and more tender to eat.

Carne Asada Recipe

Is carne asada healthy?

Yes! If you are looking for a low carb dish, then, this dish is perfect! This 198-calories-per-serving dish has only 7% carbohydrates along with 45% fat and 48% protein. Hence, this dish is keto-friendly, too.

Since this is grilled, then, it is paleo-friendly, too.

The thing is, if you serve it in tacos or quesadillas, or eat with rice, then, the carbohydrates level goes up. Hence, be picky with what you eat it with to maintain its carbohydrates level. You can pair it with a salad with a light dressing for a healthy meal. Our Chimichurri Sauce goes perfectly with it.

What kind of meat to use for carne asada?

These are the suggested kinds of meat for this dish:

  • Flank
  • Skirt Steak
  • Flap Meat
  • Sirloin
  • Short Ribs

The first two are your best bets when it comes to this dish. They marinate well and have a relatively flat shape that makes grilling easy.

Carne Asada Recipe

How to make carne asada?

There are only three main steps in preparing this dish: marinate, grill, then, serve!

How to marinate:

Marinating incorporates more flavors that enhance the natural beef flavor, tenderizes the meat, and improves texture as it aids in charring the surface when grilling.

  • Prepare the marinade: Simply combine the marinade ingredients in a resealable bag that is big enough to put the meat in.
  • Soak the meat: Put the uncut beef inside the bag. Make sure that all parts are covered with the marinade.
  • Marinate: Refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight.

How to grill:

  • Discard the marinade: Remove the meat from the marinade.
  • Prepare the grill: Oil the grates well and make sure to heat it up to the highest temperature that it can go. You can do this over charcoal or stovetop on a grill pan.
  • Grill: Put the entire meat on the grill and cook for about 7 to 8 minutes per side.

How to serve:

  • Rest: Let the flavors integrate and the juices redistribute by letting the cooked meat rest for ten minutes.
  • Slice: After a few minutes, cut it perpendicular to the direction at which the muscle fibers go. This is extremely important. Cutting the meat this way will make it easy-to-chew as the fibers are shorter, making this dish even more tender.
  • Serve: Garnish with lemon wedges, jalapeno slices, and finely chopped parsley in olive oil. Then, serve and enjoy!

Carne Asada Recipe

Recipe Tips:

  • Serve this in tacos or nachos by layering it with Pico de Gallo and guacamole.
  • You can cook this in the oven by turning on the broiler on HIGH and cook for about 4 to 6 minutes per side.
  • Prepare this in advance by putting the marinade and meat inside the freezer bag, then, freeze. This can keep for two months and thaw and cook as needed.

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4.86 from 7 reviews

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Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins





Nutrition information

Calories: 301 Carbohydrates: 1 Protein: 33 Fat: 17 Saturated Fat: 4 Cholesterol: 90 Sodium: 622 Potassium: 542 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 0 Vitamin A: 50 Vitamin C: 2.8 Calcium: 37 Iron: 2.8
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Alli Smith

So, I want to jump through my laptop screen and grab a bite. It looks simply amazing and I can almost taste it. I need to make your Carne Adada soon. Pinning!


Amber Myers

I am drooling, this look so amazing. I must make this for dinner tonight. My family will gobble it right up.



This looks so amazing and a terrific way to jazz up the steak. I will definitely be trying this as soon as possible!



Perfection! This would be perfect to make for my son. He's a huge steak fan. 



Oh my gosh, this dish looks perfect and it would be a great one to have on any holiday dinner table. We love roast beef, any part is delightful.



Carne asada is my jam!! I am so making this one night for the family.


Gervin Khan

Wow, this is such a mouthwatering recipe to make. It is so delicious and my husband will definitely love it.



It looks really delicious! The marinade sounds amazing.



Wow! This looks delicious! I think my hubby would love it because he loves good juicy and tender beef.



My son loves carne asada! This would be perfect for 4th of July! YUMMY!


Ruth I

Looks like it's full of taste and rich flavors. It's such a delightful meal. Reminds me of salt bae.


Melissa Dixon

That looks so so good! I could go for some of that right about now, too! I would love to eat it as is or use it for tacos. So yummy!


Terri Steffes

We are huge fans of carne asada and love it best when made with a tip steak like yours. I'm drooling and it is only 8 a.m. here!



That looks so good. I need to make this soon. I know my husband would really love it too. This would be so good right about now!



I love carne asada. I am definitely saving this recipe. I never know how to marinade it.



It's grilling season and I've been checking on new grilled recipes to try. This is going on the menu next week. Looks delish!



that looks delicious I would like to try a taste test if possible. perfect recipe I am going to give it try.



Wow, this looks amaizng! I can't wait to give this a taste!!!! 


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