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carne asada seasoned whole steak and cut steak on a white dish with limes

Carne Asada Recipe

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 5 hours
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Diet: Gluten Free


The best Carne Asada Tacos are marinated until juicy and flavorful and then grilled to perfection. Served with fresh toppings, this recipe will quickly become a summer-time family favorite.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or other light oil)
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • juice of 1 lime
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped (remove seeds to reduce heat)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 pounds flank steak (or skirt steak)
  • Extras needed for serving such as: tortillas, cheese, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, etc. 


  1. In a large zipper top gallon-sized baggie or a shallow dish with a lid, add the olive oil, soy sauce, juice of the lime, juice of the orange, garlic, cilantro, jalapeno, cumin, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  2. Use a fork to combine.
  3. Add the flank steak to the dish or bag and use the fork to move the steak around in the marinade to coat it well (or close up the bag and massage the marinade into the steak a bit).
  4. Cover or close the bag and place the steak in the fridge to marinade for 4 hours or up to 24 hours. Turn the bag or move the steak around in the dish a few times if you remember to make sure it stays evenly covered in the marinate (you don't have to mix it around, just if you can).
  5. When you are ready to prepare the carne asada, preheat your grill to medium high heat.
  6. Clean and oil the grates (I do this with a cleaning brush and then I dip a paper towel in oil and rub it on the grates; this helps everything to not stick).
  7. Place the steak pieces on the grill and cook for 6 minutes per side, flipping once for medium cooked steak. 
  8. Remove from the grill and allow the meat to rest for 5 minutes.
  9. After the meat has rested, slice it thinly against the grain and serve it however you like best.
  10. The meat is great in tacos, on salad, in a burrito, in a Tex-Mex style rice bowl, the possibilities are endless. 


  • I tend to cook my steak medium well for this recipe, my kids don't like it too pink in the middle, adjust the cooking time to reflect your steak doneness preferences. 
  • This recipes doubles really well, I normally double this amount for my family of 7 and we eat every last bit.
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: grilling
  • Cuisine: American

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