Enjoy the smoky, savory goodness of homemade carne asada that you marinate yourself. With this carne asada recipe, you can avoid commercial marinades and focus on real food flavor.
If you’ve got a decent taqueria or Mexican food restaurant near you, then you’re probably with familiar with carne asada.
Grilled and sliced beef, it’s marinated in an orange-infused marinade and grilled, with bits of char to enhance the smoky flavor.
This marinade recipe, made from simple, real ingredients beats the commercial marinades flat.
Make up a few batches of this carne asada recipe: one to cook and a few to freeze for later. It’s perfect for a barbecue or lazy weekend breakfast.
Yes, Carne Asada is fantastic in Breakfast Burritos!
What kind of meat do you use in Carne Asada?
Carne asada calls for a certain cut of meat, typically labeled flap meat, flap steak, or skirt steak.
Over the months, I’ve started watching the prices on the meat. The lowest I’ve found it recently has been $3.99/pound. Kinda pricey, but you don’t need a lot.
You’ll be chopping it up to use in tacos, lettuce wraps, or breakfast burritos, so it can stretch pretty easily.
What is in Carne Asada Marinade?
You can buy commercial marinades, like this one, buy marinated meats at Mexican markets or grocery store butcher counters. Some folks use Sunny Delight to create their own marinades.
This carne asada recipe gets a lot of its flavor from my Basic Spice Blend. I keep a jar on hand at all times. It’s particularly good on beef, but goes well with chicken also.
Carne Asada Marinade contains:
- orange juice
- red wine vinegar
- Basic Spice Blend: salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme, and smoked paprika
- olive oil
How do you make Carne Asada?
Carne Asada is super simple to make!
- Blend together the marinade and add it to a container or ziptop freezer bag with the skirt steak.
- Allow the meat to marinate for several hours.
- Cook the meat on a hot grill.
- Slice to serve in tacos, burritos, rice bowls, and wraps.
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How long is Carne Asada good for?
Carne asada is good in the refrigerator for up to four days. Promptly refrigerate leftovers and consume within this time frame.
Can you freeze Carne Asada?
Carne Asada freezes beautifully, making it a great addition to your “frozen assets”!
To freeze cooked meat: Cool and slice the meat. Place it in an airtight container. Chill completely before storing in the freezer. To serve: thaw and reheat.
To freeze the meat prior to cooking: Place the meat in the marinade in an airtight container or ziptop freezer bag. Store the meat in the freezer, for up to 6 weeks. To serve: thaw in the refrigerator before grilling as directed.
Carne Asada Recipe
- 2 to 3 lb carne asada
- ½ cup orange juice , freshly squeezed
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoon Basic Spice Blend
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Place the meat pieces in a large ziptop plastic bag. In a small bowl whisk together the orange juice, red wine vinegar, spice blend, and olive oil. Pour the marinade over the meat. Massage the marinade around the meat pieces. Place on a tray in the refrigerator and allow to marinate for 2 to 24 hours or place it directly in the freezer.
- If freezing, remove the meat from the freezer the night before serving and allow to thaw on a tray in the refrigerator.
- Heat a medium-hot fire in an outdoor grill. Cook the meat until no longer pink, flipping once. Remove from the heat to a cutting board. Chop the meat finely and serve in tacos, wraps, or burritos.