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Easy Carne Asada

This quick and easy carne asada is simply fantastic! Marinate the meat the night before, grill it hot and fast, and use it in tacos, salads, or rice bowls in no time.

Easy Carne Asada
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What is carne asada made of?

When translated from Spanish to English, carne asada means “cooked beef or grilled beef.” Typically, it is made with beef steaks marinated in a flavorful mixture, grilled on high heat, then chopped up for tacos.

What steaks are use for carne asada?

The best steak to use for this easy carne asada recipe includes flat steaks like skirt, flank, and hanger steaks. They are more forgiving with longer marinating times, hold their flavor well, and cook quickly. However, you can use any beef steak that is less than 1″ thick. Thinner, chewier flat steaks benefit from the acidity of a good marinade. If you’d prefer not to use alcohol in the marinade, substitute it with additional lime juice.

Ingredients:

Carne Asada on Grill

Marinating times:

  • Skirt Steaks: You can marinate skirt steaks for up to 24 hours, but no longer than that. For this carne asada recipe, I would recommend marinating for 8-12 hours. 
  • Hanger Steaks: 2-4 hours
  • Flank Steaks: 4-12 hours
  • Flat-Iron Steaks: 6-24 hours
  • Sirloin Flap-Meat: 4-12 hours

How to make carne asada

  • Combine marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Place skirt steak in a bag and pour the mixture on top. Make sure all of the meat is well coated. Seal bag and place into the refrigerator for 8-12 hours.
  • Preheat the grill to high heat (450 degrees F).
  • Remove the skirt steak from the bag and cook for 2-3 minutes per side. If steaks are thicker, cook for 3-5 minutes per side.
  • Place cooked steaks onto a cutting board and cut them into strips. Serve in tacos, salads, and taco bowls.
  • Store leftover carne asada in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Easy Carne Asada tacos with red onion and cilantro on white platter

Ways to use Carne Asada:

There is so much you can do including, serving it sliced with rice and beans. Also you have the option to chop up the meat, and use it in tacos, nachos, or salads. Another great idea is to serve this easy grilled steak on cheese fries or use it as a filling for burritos and wraps. The options are limitless! Get creative and enjoy this recipe!

Easy Carne Asada

Easy Carne Asada

Like the title says, this is a quick and easy method for carne asada. Simply marinate the meat the night before and grill hot and fast. You’ll have carne asada tacos, salads, or bowls in no time.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Fusion, Mexican
Keyword: carne asada
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 341kcal

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds skirt steak (the thinner the better)
  • 2-3 cups Carne Asada Marinade (use 1 cup marinade per 1 pound of meat)

Instructions

  • Combine marinade ingredients in a large bowl.
    Place skirt steak in a bag and pour the mixture on top. Make sure all of the meat is well coated. Seal bag and place into the refrigerator for 4-8 hours.
  • Preheat the grill to high heat (450 degrees F).
  • Remove the skirt steak from the bag and cook for 2-3 minutes per side. If steaks are thicker, cook for 4-5 minutes per side.
  • Place cooked steaks onto a cutting board and chop them into small bite sized pieces. Serve in tacos, salads, and taco bowls.
  • Store leftover carne asada in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days

Nutrition

Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 600mg | Potassium: 566mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 322IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 4mg

Also, try our Best Salmon Tacos!

Derrick Riches
Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.

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