Carne Asada

Incredibly Juicy, Flavorful and Authentically made Carne Asada. To make the best all starts with a great marinade and cut of meat. Learn all the tips and tricks in this Carne Asada recipe. 

Course Main
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Carne Asada, Carne Asada Marinade
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Marinating Time 4 hours
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 340 kcal
Author Heather


Marinade for 1- 1 1/4 lbs of Meat

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1 orange zested
  • 1 orange juiced
  • 4 large garlic cloves *crushed or minced
  • 1 small jalapeno *sliced thinly
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 3/4 cup finely diced cilantro
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper *optional

For the Meat

  • 1- 1/4 lb Favorite cut of meat {flap, flank, skirt, top sirloin or petite sirloin} *See tips above for different options


For the Carne Asada Marinade

  1. In a large glass bowl whisk together ingredients for Carne Asada Marinade. Set Aside.

For the Carne Asada Meat

  1. Lay meat of choice out flat in a glass or non reactive baking pan. Pour marinade over meat making sure to cover all corners of beef. Refrigerate to marinade (see notes for marinating times of different cuts of meat above). 1 hour before cooking pull from refrigerator and let rest at room temperature.

  2. Preheat grill or stovetop grill pan to med/high heat.

    Once heated, grill thicker cuts of meats for 10 mins on first side and 7-8 mins on second side for medium rare. Thiner cuts will take a few minutes less. 

Recipe Notes

Note #1- We always make 2-3 lbs of meat when serving this. Every pound of meat will serve 2-4 people depending on portion sizing. Make Sure to increase marinade for every additional pound. 


Nutrition Facts
Carne Asada
Amount Per Serving
Calories 340 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 646mg28%
Potassium 103mg3%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 375IU8%
Vitamin C 12.2mg15%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.