Carne Asada Marinade

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Carne Asada is an easy dinner to barbecue or sear in a cast iron pan. Carne Asada Marinated is always a family favorite for tacos, burritos, or as is.

Easy Carne Asada recipe is a delicious marinade recipe for tacos, burritos, salad or just as is. Super tender Carne Asada from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

I'm so stoked barbecue season is almost here and one of my all time fav's on the barbecue is this recipe for Carne Asada!

Flank Steak was on sale while we were at ye olde grocery store trying to stick to our list which seems pointless. I always end up buying way more food then what I planned.

It's the black hole of our pocket book, I really should buy stock in the local grocery store and Costco.
Oh don't get me started on Costco we actually celebrate when we step foot out of there under $100.00.
We actually double high five and play Celebrate by Kool and The Gang on our way home.

Ok you caught me I actual sing Celebrate while the kids yell at me to stop and tell me I'm embarrassing them.. They have no idea what embarrassment is! I grew up with a couple of Uncles that were always more then ready to be crazy and embarrassing.  I remember one year for my birthday we drove through down town Portland with my Uncle honking the horn and yelling out the window that it's my birthday.

Let's just say everyone and their Grandmother was staring at our car. It's what makes me love my family so much they always know how to have a great time and provided me with some pretty amazing memories.

Alright before I start getting all sentimental we better get back to the recipe for Carne Asada.

In a large plastic bag or a container add:
  • Juice of 2 Limes
  • Juice of 1 Large Orange
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Granulated Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Hot Sauce

Shot tequila for Carne Asada Marinade recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Maybe a shot of tequila for a little extra flavor and one for yourself... I find the tequila along with the citrus juice helps to make the beef tender.

I just wouldn't suggest more than that because you know that song about what happens when you drink too much tequila, it makes your clothes fall off and that may or may not be a good thing.

Place Flank Steak in Carne Asada Marinade Recipe and marinade overnight from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Add your gorgeous flank steak and cover in marinade. Allow to marinate for a minimum of an hour or overnight. 

Other cuts of Beef that make delicious Carne Asada are:
  • Sirloin Flap Steak
  • Skirt Steak 
  • Tri Tip 
Make sure to flip steak half way through marinating if you didn't use a ziploc bag.

Heat a dry cast iron pan over High Heat.

If you aren't going to grill this bad boy the next best thing is a cast iron pan or cast iron grill pan. Heat a dry pan over high heat. 

When pan is hot sear Carne Asada and cook about 5-8 minutes on each side.

Seared Carne Asada Steak from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Until steak is well seared with nice caramelization and desired doneness. 

On a instant read meat thermometer the temperatures will be:
  • Rare is 125°F to 130°F inside color Red
  • Medium Rare 135°F inside color Pink
  • Medium 140°F to 145°F inside color Some Pink
  • Well 150°F inside color just a small sliver pink
  • Well Done 155°F to 165°F inside color Brown

If you like your steak well done you'll probably need to turn the heat down to medium-low and cook to your liking.

We like ours about medium to medium-rare..

Slice steak across the grain in thin slices and serve with a little fresh lime to squeeze over the top.

A few of our favorite recipes to serve with Carne Asada are:

Carne Asada, Carne Asada Recipe, Carne Asada Marinade, Marinade for Carne Asada, Carne Asada Meat, Carne Asada English, Carne Asada in English, Carne Asada How To Cook, Recipe
Carne Asada, Mexican Carne Asada, Marinade, Tequila Recipe
Yield: 5

Carne Asada Marinade

Carne Asada recipe is delicious marinade for Flank steak, Flap Steak, Skirt Steak, or Tri Tip served in tortillas from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
5 out of 5 based on 4 user ratings
prep time: 24 H & 10 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 24 H & 25 M


  • 2 pounds Flank Steak 
  • 2 whole Limes, Juiced and Seeds Removed
  • 1 whole Orange, Juiced
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Granulated Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Hot Sauce (Like Cholula)
  • 1 shot Silver Tequila or an additional Lime


How to cook Carne Asada Marinade

  1. In a large ziploc bag or container with a lid combine lime juice, orange juice, chili powder, granulated garlic, cumin, salt, olive oil, hot sauce and tequila. Mix until well combined. Add the Flank Steak, cover in marinade and marinate for 1 hour or overnight.
  2. Tip:If using a ziploc bag press all the air out of the bag. If using a container rotate flank steak at the half way point.
  3. Carne Asada can be cooked on the barbecue until desired doneness or cooked inside in a cast iron pan.
  4. To cook steak in a cast iron pan: Heat a dry cast iron pan over high heat until hot. Add steak and cook 5-8 minutes until steak is well caramelized and seared. Flip steak and cook an additional 5-8 minutes or until desired doneness is reached.
  5. If you like your steak well done you'll need to turn heat to medium-low once the steak is flipped.
  6. Allow steak to rest 5 minutes covered before slicing so juices can redistribute.
  7. Slice Carne Asada across the grain and serve immediately.
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Carne Asada has a delicious marinade is easy to make perfect with Flank Steak, Skirt Steak, or Tri Tip from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.


  1. Definitely trying this AND I am so excited about your link to the Mexican rice. There is nothing you can buy in the grocery store claiming to be Mexican rice that actually tastes like what you get at a restaurant. Can't wait to try this. All of it!

  2. We love Mexican food - can't wait to try this, Serena!


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