Authentic Carne Asada

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Resting Time10 minutes
Total Time18 minutes

In this authentic carne asada recipe, skirt flank steak is marinated in a fragrant mixture of orange juice, garlic and spices then grilled to perfection. 

Authentic Carne Asada

One of my fondest memories of a recent trip to Santa Fe was a visit to Cafe Pasqual’s, one of the city’s most beloved restaurants offering traditional New Mexican cuisine. 

Cafe Pasquals Carne Asada

I had just finished a long hike through Slot Canyon so I arrived hungry and ready to dive into the carne asada. Tender, juicy and slightly charred, I immediately began brainstorming how to recreate this dish at home.

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What made this carne asada stand out was the hint of ground cloves and warm cumin in the background of the garlicky, citrus marinade. Once the steak hits the grill, the natural sugars in the orange juice create the ultimate char.

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Traditionally served with warm corn tortillas, it’s just as delicious on it’s own, with beans or on a salad. The options are endless.

Your fork is waiting.

Grilled Carne Asada Recipe

Authentic Carne Asada

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In this authentic carne asada recipe, skirt flank steak is marinated in a fragrant mixture of orange juice, garlic and spices then grilled to perfection. 
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 8 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
TOTAL: 18 minutes
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Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 24 ounces skirt or flank steak
  • 1 orange (juiced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions
 

  • Place skirt steak in a large resealable plastic bag and add all remaining ingredients. Seal bag then mix around with your hands to ensure beef is evenly coated with the marinade. Place in the refrigerator and marinate for 4 hours or overnight. 
  • To cook, preheat grill on high heat. Grill steak 3-4 minutes per side for medium rare. Let rest 10 minutes before serving. 

Nutrition

Serving: 5ouncesCalories: 385kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 38gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 1177mgPotassium: 693mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 75IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 3.3mg

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9 responses to “Authentic Carne Asada”

  1. Mike Avatar
    Mike

    Its called Umami, deep base meaty underlying flavor

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      YESS!!

  2. Edwin Chu Avatar
    Edwin Chu

    How is soy sauce an authentic ingredient in Mexican cusine?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You’d be surprised how many people in Mexico cook with soy sauce.

      1. Edwin Chu Avatar
        Edwin Chu

        I have no problems with using soy sauce. Just an issue with calling it authentic.

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          Hi Edwin – Apologies. Hope you enjoy it regardless!

    2. Mike Avatar
      Mike

      Its called Umami, deep base meaty underlying flavor

    3. Lucie S Avatar
      Lucie S

      In Mexico it’s Salsa de Soya.

      1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
        Liz DellaCroce

        Ohh yes good to know!

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Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.