This authentic Mexican carne asada recipe has an amazing flavor that will make it a staple at all of your summer cookouts for years to come.
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Carne asada is a very popular dish in Mexico that is served at barbecues, family reunions, and other gatherings. With all of the sun that we have been getting lately here, it is also a perfect meal to enjoy in the backyard as a family.
The key to making a delicious carne asada is to have a thin cut of meat (flank steak is usually a good choice). You will want to marinate for hours so that the flavor of all of the delicious seasonings penetrate the meat. To be honest, this is a pretty easy dish to make, but there are some tricks to making sure that the meat doesn’t dry out.
The marinade for this version of carne asada consists of freshly squeezed orange juice, garlic, onion, pepper, salt, and cumin. This is a pretty common combination for carne asada in Mexico, and is how I was taught to make it growing up.
One of the best parts about making this carne asada recipe is cooking it on the grill and allowing the delicious smell permeate throughout your house! Whenever we make this, it reminds me of the parilladas that we had in Mexico with friends and family.
Of course you will want to serve it with pico de gallo, grilled green onions, grilled jalapenos, and of course a delicious homemade salsa.
I love using my indoor grill pan, especially when it is cold outside and I have to cook inside. Even though Spring is almost here, we actually have snow on the way for the next few days – but that can’t keep me from enjoying my favorite Mexican recipes!
You can also do this on an outdoor grill. Lately I have been using my new Traeger wood pellet smoker to make everything and it gives this an even better, smokier taste.
Like I said above, this recipe is perfect for family gatherings and more. I remember how I would always get together with all of my cousins and other relatives when we were younger to play games, have fun, and enjoy some delicious carne asada. Just smelling this throughout my house today brought back so many wonderful memories and I am happy to share it with all of you!
Check out the recipe below and please come back and tell me how it turned out for you!
Products You May Need For This Carne Asada Recipe
- Grill. This Traeger Smoker is a great choice for any of your grilling or smoking needs. It infuses an amazing smoky flavor to this carne asada.
- Knife Set. Once the Carne Asada is cooked, you will want to cut it up into smaller pieces. It is important to have a good knife set like this one.
- Bags for Marinade. I like to have high quality, reusable bags for marinading the meat. These ones have worked well for me.
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Authentic Mexican Carne Asada
For the Marinade
- 2 Pounds of flank steak or other type of steak cut thinly
- Juice from one orange
- 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 T of white wine vinegar
- 1/4 small onion
- 4 large cloves of garlic
- 2 T of black pepper
- salt and cumin to taste
To Accompany the Carne Asada
- Pico de Gallo
- Grilled Green Onions
- Salsa Verde or Roja
- Tortillas corn of flour
- Black Beans
- Mexican Rice
- Blend all of the marinade ingredients together and pour over the meat in a Ziploc bag or a bowl with a lid.
- Leave marinating in the refrigerator for 5 hours. If you let it go longer than 5 hours, it might get too tender.
- Grill the meat on your outdoor or indoor grill, checking and turning often so that it doesn't dry out.
- Serve with the tortillas, black beans, rice, and salsa.
- You can also cut it up and serve it in taco form, in a burrito, on sandwiches and much more!
Wednesday 1st of April 2020
Trying it now! Will comment tomorrow night. Will comment tomorrow night after the overnight marinate. Fingers crossed!
Saturday 13th of July 2019
I am new to Traeger cooking and I would like to know if you have more instructions on how to do this on the Traeger?
Friday 12th of July 2019
I've been following your recipes for a couple of years. And my family gets excited when they know I'm going Meskin. I have to add, it helps the my Grandmother, mom and sister all worked the same restaurant in LA for a few generations. I just want to say THANK YOU for keeping culturally tight on the recipes. There's a lot of mix up when it comes to Americans and their 'ethnic' taste buds.
Sunday 15th of October 2017
I made this last night and it was a huge hit with the family. I'll be sure to try more of your recipes!
Tuesday 17th of October 2017
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it :)
Friday 21st of July 2017
Hi Charnel you look like a lovely person. Welcome to the U.S. I love authentic Mexican food! I lived in California for many years and had the best authentic Mexican food available to me whenever I felt like it. I now live in Montana where Taco Bell is as good as it gets unless you make your own. I can't wait to try this recipe as well as your authentic Mexican salsa recipe! Come to Billings Montana and open a mexican restaurant!!! You'll make bank$$$$$$
Wednesday 16th of August 2017
I live in billings mt to lol. Have you been to Taqueria Zapoltan ?
Friday 21st of July 2017
Thanks Martina! I hope you enjoy those recipes and others on my site. I have quite a few authentic Mexican recipes, so check them out :)
Don't think Montana is in my future at this point, but that is good to know and at least people from Montana can make it from home with my recipes. :) Thanks!