Treat yourself to Mexican at home for dinner tonight with this authentic carne asada! Tender and delicious Mexican grilled steak is perfect for tacos, burrito bowls and more. If you have leftovers, make nachos like we did with these Filet Mignon Steak Nachos!
I am so excited to bring you this recipe! It’s a tough call when I think about all the amazing food in the world, but tacos are definitely in my top three favorite foods of all time. I’m guessing they are a favorite of many!
Carne asada simply means “grilled beef.” That means there are many variations using various cuts of beef, marinades and spices. It can be served as a main entrée with rice and beans, sliced into strips or chopped. Finish off your meal with a slice of cream cheese flan for a truly authentic experience!
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Ingredients you will need:
- 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak, trimmed of excess fat
- Juice from 2 limes
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 packet of sazón (optional)
- 3/4 cup of beer (optional)
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Kitchen tools you may find helpful:
- Meat tenderizer
- Cast iron griddle pan
- Citrus squeezer
- Sharp knife
As I mentioned, there are many different ways, but this is my particular way to prepare carne asada, from my Mexican family to yours. It’s tender and full of flavor, yet simple. My favorite cut of beef is skirt steak, but you can also use flank, short rib or sirloin steaks. Skirt steaks are naturally chewy, so you’ll want to ask the butcher to run it through the tenderizing machine, or you can do it at home with a tenderizing mallet or blade. There’s also a liquid tenderizer called beer which does an exceptional job if you have some on hand.
I know many people who like to season with onion, cilantro, chiles, orange juice or even soy sauce, but I keep my marinade simple with garlic, lime and one secret ingredient: sazón. Most grocery stores today carry this ingredient in the Hispanic foods aisle. It’s characterized by its orange color from the annatto seed. Your carne asada will be absolutely delicious without it, but I like to add it as “a little something extra.”
Grill the steak over a high heat. The charring adds great flavor and keeps the juices intact. A charcoal grill gives the best flavor, but if you can’t grill year-around, a searing hot cast iron pan will do the trick. Skirt steak is thin so it cooks in less than 10 minutes – you’ll be chowing down in no time!
We like to serve these tacos “street style” – that is, on corn tortillas with cilantro and onion as topping and a squeeze of lime. The steak really shines this way, but you can go all out with lettuce, cheese, sour cream and salsa. Or, you can use the carne asada in burrito bowls, salads, nachos and more!
More Mexican inspired recipes:
- If you love easy dinners, try these oven tacos next time you have a craving for these crunchy meat filled favorites!
- While we are talking about tacos, this Taco Casserole will quickly become one of the most frequently requested recipes in your house.
- More tacos? How about fish tacos! This recipe for Salmon Tacos feeds a crowd, but you could easily cut the amounts down for a regular sized dinner.
- And speaking of casserole faves, this Chicken Tostada Casserole is definitely a must-make.