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This Grilled Carne Asada is one of my favorite Mexican dishes! I love it in burritos, tacos, breakfast burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and simply over our Mexican Rice. The possibilities are endless!
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Carne Asada is so versatile! You can’t go wrong with the right recipe. A special thanks to my friend Karla for giving me the idea for this recipe. You are amazing!
There is a little taco truck close to where we live that has THE BEST carne asada burritos. The taco truck serves shredded cabbage instead of shredded lettuce on their Carne Asada burritos. It makes all the difference. I had to add cabbage to this recipe! Yum!
Carne Asada Marinade
One of the secrets to this delicious recipe is the marinade. Made with jalapeños, garlic, cilantro, soy sauce, vinegar, and more, there is so much flavor in this marinade! The process of soaking meat enhances the flavor of the meat. Generally marinades use an acid — like vinegar or citrus juice — to change the surface texture. You can marinade all kinds of meats, but in the case of this Mexican dish, having the marinade on beef turns it from a regular meat into an over-the-top flavorful meal.
Ingredients in Grilled Carne Asada
- Carne asada – or skirt steak or flank steak sliced very thin
For the Marinade:
- Cilantro – stemmed and chopped
- Sliced chilis
- Adobo sauce
- Soy sauce
- Beef broth
- Diced jalapeño
- Lime juice
- Green Tabasco sauce
For Carne Asada Burritos:
- Shredded cheese
- Shredded cabbage
- Fresh pico de gallo
Frequently Asked Questions
At least 8 hours, but overnight is best. Because the marinade is highly acidic, you don’t want to marinade longer than 12 hours because the acids in the marinade will start to break down the muscle fibers in the meat and your carne asada will become mushy.
Carne asada meat is just skirt steak. The skirt steak comes from below the rib. Skirt steak is known to be very flavorful, although not highly tender.
Cooking carne asada to medium-rare means leaving a little pink in the center, and this is fine. This can make for a meat that is not dry, a little more tender. If you want to be sure that you have cooked your grilled meat through properly while leaving a little pink in the center, insert a meat thermometer, it should read 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Enjoy!
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Something on the Side
We’ve got things started for you with this delicious meat. But if you want to turn this meat into a meal with any of the following side dishes.
- Sweet Corn Cakes (Tamalitos) are a sweet, yet savory side to any Mexican feast. Bursting with flavor and creamy, plus they’re so easy to make!
- Cheater Restaurant Style Refried Beans are amazing served with any Mexican dish. Creamy consistency and delicious flavor.
- Mexican Rice rivals anything you can get in a restaurant. It has the perfect consistency and just the right amount of seasoning.
- Easy Chicken Flautas are a great dinner if you don’t have a lot of time, but still want a family-pleasing meal.
How To Make Grilled Carne Asada
Grilled Carne Asada
- 2 pounds carne asada or skirt steak sliced very thin
- 1 onion finely diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 bunch bunch cilantro stemmed and chopped
- 1/2 cup diced chilis
- 1/4 cup adobo sauce (see recipe notes)
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup beef broth
- 2 tablespoons diced jalapeno
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce green
For Carne Asada Burritos
- Combine marinade ingredients.
- Add the beef to the marinade separating slices of beef so they get evenly covered.
- Place meat and marinade in a sealable container or zip-top bag (with the air squeezed out and seal it tightly).
- Allow to marinate overnight, or at least 8 hours.
- Heat grill to medium high and place meat on grill for about 1-2 minutes on each side. The beef is thin and will cook quickly.
For Carne Asada Burritos
- Layer carne asada on tortilla shells and add any or all of the garnishes. Roll up into a burrito and enjoy!
Nutrition facts are for Grilled Carne Asada only and do not include burrito toppings.
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