BGDR’s Best Carne Asada Marinade


BGDR’s Best Carne Asada Marinade

BGDR’s Best Carne Asada Marinade

Whether you are grilling up some carne asada for tacos or planning a steak dinner, this is a fantastic marinade to use. The citrus juices flavor this marinade and have a little tenderizing power, making this the perfect marinade for steaks, particularly flat steaks. The tequila adds a little oomph and earthiness to the overall flavor but does not overpower the final product. This recipe makes enough marinade for 2-2 ½ pounds of meat.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Course Marinades/Brines
Cuisine American BBQ, Fusion, Mexican
Servings 2.25 Cups
Calories 228 kcal


  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Add citrus juices and tequila to a medium plastic or glass bowl. Slowly pour in olive oil while gently whisking. Doing so will help the oil incorporate into the liquid.
  • Add remaining ingredients to the liquid mixture and stir through. Let mixture stand for 5 minutes, stir through, and taste it. At this point, you can add more salt or a little more tequila if needed.
  • To marinate:
  • Place steaks into a resealable plastic bag and pour marinade on top.
  • Gently move the meat around to get it well coated.
  • Release air from the bag and place it into the refrigerator.
  • Marinating times:
  • Flat steaks (skirt, hanger, flank, flat iron, sirloin flap steak): 8-12 hours, but can go as long as 24 hours for tougher cuts.
  • Steaks (NY strip, ribeye, sirloin, T-Bone): 4-8 hours
  • Tri-tip and chuck roasts: 12-24 hours


Calories: 228kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 1263mgPotassium: 246mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 208IUVitamin C: 55mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
Keyword carne asada, carne asada marinade, Cinco de Mayo recipes, marinade recipes, Mexican marinade, steak marinade
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