Mouth Watering Carne Asada Recipe

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“Have You Had Your Fix Yet?”

Our carne asada recipe is a real treat. If you haven’t tried it before you may be wondering exactly what it is.

It is basically thin slices of beef (usually flank or skirt steak) marinated or not, then grilled or pan fried. Then you stuff a warm tortilla with the carne asada, guacamole, salsa, maybe a little cheese and there you go.

I like taking a tri tip roast from Costco and slicing it real thin say 1/2 inch thick and then marinating it for 3 or 4 hours.

A Secret To Tender Carne Asada

How do you achieve that tender beef? It’s by marinating it for at least an hour and preferably longer, say 4 to 6 hours. But that’s not all. It’s how you cook it too. If you are grilling the meat, get the bbq nice and hot. Take the beef out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes before grilling.

Cook your meat on medium high for about 4 to 6 minutes on each side depending on how thick it is. When it’s done (it’s a little pink inside) let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes so the juices redistribute.

The last thing you need to do is slice the beef nice and thin across the grain.

If you do these three things: marinate, cook with a hot fire (watch it closely), and slice it correctly you will have mastered the perfect carne asada recipe.

Carne Asada Recipe


  • 1 1/2 lbs. flank steak
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. Yoshida’s marinade sweet teriyaki sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
  • 3 tsp. garlic powder


Place all the liquid ingredients in a non metal bowl. Add the garlic powder 1 teaspoon at a time and mix in with a wire whisk to avoid lumps. Then add the oregano.

Place the steak in a shallow glass dish that just fits the steak.

Pour the marinade over the beef and cover with saran wrap. Place in the refrigerator at least 1 hour. 3 or 4 is better.

If you don’t have Yoshidas sweet teriyaki sauce, try one of your own. Even regular soy sauce will work. I like a little sweetness to my recipe so you can add honey to the soy sauce if you like. A teaspoon or so should do it.

Grill over medium high heat or pan fry the carne asada. 4 to 6 minutes on each side should do the trick.

If you decide to pan fry it, you will get the best results with a cast iron pan. Heat the pan on high so you can get a good sear on the meat.

Let the meat rest a bit (5 minutes) before slicing. Heat up a few corn or flour tortillas and serve this carne asada recipe with homemade guacamole, salsa and sour cream and you are in for a treat.

You can now make carne asada tacos, burritos and tortas or serve it by itself with a side of refried beans and spanish rice.

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