Keto Recipes - Created Date : 3.11.2019
When it comes to the best carne asada, I’ve had my fair share in Mexico. And the truth is there’s no singular authentic carne asada recipe. They’re all tweaks and variations. But today, I’ll share with you my tried and true carne asada recipe that always brings people back for seconds.
Living in Southern California for the vast majority of my life means that I’ve had my fair share of Mexican food. When I was a kid, my family would frequently pop down to Tijuana and as an adult I’ve explored and vacationed in numerous Mexican towns and cities.
Needless to say, I’ve had my fair share of carne asada in Mexico, from roadside stalls to 5-star luxury restaurants. And here’s the one thing I can you assure you of – there is no one authentic recipe. But there are a few ways to give your carne asada that traditional Mexican flavor.
Watch My Carne Asada Recipe Video
Not only will I show you how to make carne asada (it’s easier than you think), I’ll also share two of my favorite recipes to make with diced up carne asada. Give it a watch!
So What is Carne Asada?
Carne asada literally translates to “grilled meat.” Pretty basic, eh? And that grilled meat can be anything from sirloin steak to tenderloin to skirt steak or flank steak. Most commonly, I find flank steak being used and I’m using flank steak in today’s recipe. You really don’t need an expensive or fancy cut of meat, especially as you’ll thinly slice it, then chop it up into small, bite-sized pieces for tacos, burritos, nachos or fries.
But what makes carne asada so deliciously flavorful is two things – the marinade and the fire-grilled char on the outside.
The Carne Asada Marinade
Instead of teasing you with an authentic carne asada marinade (which, as you’ve learned doesn’t exist) I prefer to call this the ultimate carne asada marinade. As it’s one that will make your taste buds happy. So what’s in it? A few simple ingredients: Olive oil, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper.
I’ve always found simple is best. But feel free to tweak! If you want it sweeter, add an orange. If you want it more spicy, add paprika and oregano. Heck, I’ve even seen carne asada marinaded in beer and soy sauce (though spoiler, those aren’t gluten-free).
How to Make Carne Asada
It’s incredibly easy to make carne asada. Just whisk all of your marinade ingredients together and marinate your steak for 1-4 hours in the fridge.
Once your steak has marinated, heat a grill on medium-high heat. Add the steak and cook for approximately 5-7 minutes each side, for a flank steak. That’ll get you a good char on the outside but maintain a medium-rare inside. Depending on the thickness of your meat and personal preference, feel free to adjust this cook time.
After your steak has cooked, let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Then, thinly slice the meat against the grain for the most tender pieces. From there, you can chop it into smaller, bite-sized pieces for use in other recipes.
A few of my favorite carne asada recipes (other than eating it plain of course) are my Carne Asada Fries and Carne Asada Tacos. They always get gobbled up immediately. Enjoy!
Whisk all of the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl.
Add the steak to glass baking tray and pour the marinade on top. Ensure both side of the steak are well coated, cover the baking tray with plastic wrap and marinate for 1-4 hours. Alternatively, you could marinate in a Stasher Bag or Ziploc bag.
Heat a grill on medium-high heat. Add the carne asada and cook for approximately 5-7 minutes on each side. Remove the steak to a cutting board and let it rest for another 5 minutes.
Using a sharp knife, slice the carne asada at an angle against the grain. From there, you can further chop the carne asada into smaller pieces.
I think carne asada is best when cooked on an outdoor grill. But if you're without one (as I currently am) this reversible grill/griddle is great for your stovetop.
Remember to double-check the angle of the grain before cooking. Then, it's easy to determine how to slice against the grain once it's done.
This marinade is so delicious. I used the thin sliced skirt steaks for my carne asada. After marinating the meat, I chopped it into small pieces and fried it in a little olive oil. It was the best street taco I’ve ever had.
Thanks for this amazing recipe. We love street tacos! But, I’ve always been afraid to tackle Carne Asada because the meat is pricey and I didn’t want to waste. But this is so simple and grills fairly quickly. Minus prep this meal can be on the table in 30 min!
I haven’t had Carne Asada since I moved to Montana 6 years past. When I lived in SoCal it was my favorite. Can’t wait to try this out, and after so long I’m sure it is going to be a huge hit. More so then ever.
??????I don’t have to tell you don’t I Lisa? Every single food I made especially the meat, fries and hummus went down very well. I told them all about you, you have some new fans. Told them about Cinco de Mayo – they’ve booked that weekend too come down and celebrate it here; even though they have no idea what it is! Lol!
We all are looking forward to Saturday. We have friends staying over the weekend annnnnnnd we’re having carne asada!!! Yay!!! Since we are eating them on Saturday – I didn’t want to faff about in the kitchen while everyone is yammering – I’ve made the marinate, guacamole (am so happy with your advice on topping it with water so it keeps) and hummus, all in the fridge. I also took on board the meal prep ideas for crudités- they’re in the glass container filled with water and in the fridge! Your way takes a lot of hassle out of cooking for a party! I look forward to commenting what others think of the carne asada (making them with fries a la Lisa!) and uploading photograph. Wish you were here to join in and laugh at my ‘new found expertness’ on cooking fab food!
The meat was beautifully tender and citrusy without it being too sour, I was surprised how much it worked well pairing up with your guacamole and the chips. A hit with my 3 children and husband (and myself). The tortilla didn’t turn out right – too wet, but it was my fault, I got too ahead of myself and tripled the batch. Maybe making 3 batches at a time would be better, ended up making some with wheat flour. Luckily daughter is just gluten sensitive so could tolerate the wheat tacos. Made Margarita, hey! Why not! Made virgin mojito for the children as I didn’t know how to make non alcoholic margarita. It’s been a beautiful day. Our first time celebrating Cinco De Mayo, roll on until next year!
Glad you guys enjoyed the carne asada and guacamole! And yay for all your hard work in creating an awesome Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Well done! Fingers crossed your next batch of cassava flour tortillas turns out better. :) x
Meat is marinating – I know it’s going to taste mind blowingly beautiful as the smell is divine. Guacamole done and in the fridge, as are citrus shrimp ceviche. Made hummus – just because! Horchata recipe that you posted yesterday – stewing (I think that is the right term?) Looking forward to blitzing that and try it out. Going to make the cassava tortilla/taco shortly. Can’t wait for the Cinco de Mayo fiesta tonight with lovely food, husband is going to get Mexican beer! I’ll be sending you the photograph – and review from 5 of us. It is very hot here in Wales today, perfect!
This Carne Asada looks amazing but what can I sub for the cilantro? I’m one of those people to whom it tastes like soap, and I mean like I bit into a bar of Ivory. I’d like a spicy or herb that’s not hot or peppery either, I can’t handle heat.
This carne asada looks like something I want to munch on right now. I am a sucker for a big slice of meat and this fits the bill. Your photos look excellent and I am going to put this on my list of recipes to make.
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Hello and welcome to Downshiftology! I’m Lisa, a real food lover, gluten-free recipe developer, world traveler and wellness blogger. I’m also a big advocate of self-care and taking life “down a notch” – while chasing adventures half-way across the globe! Because it’s all about balance.
The Best Healthy Fast Food Options
Fast-food stores are plentiful and fast food has the reputation of being unhealthy, while an increasing number of large chains are adding more nutritious options to their menus.
Sockets that allow more customization of orders tend to have lower calorie or more feeder selections. However, there are currently healthy options on the menu of the largest fast-food chains.
In this article, we'll look at the overall calorie, fat and saturated fat content to find some of the healthiest options that seven big fast-food chains have to offer.
Note, however, that calories and fat are only two aspects of how healthy a meal is fed. If a person eats only fast food, it is not possible to get the necessary nutrients such as vitamins and fiber.
Sandwich with cheese and vegetables
One person can customize Subway sandwiches to choose healthy fillings.
Metro specialize in deli style sandwiches or "sub". As a person can customize every "sub", Subway can be one of the healthiest healthy fast-food chains.
Some of the best sandwich options are on the Subway's Fresh Fit menu. The 6-inch Turkey Breast sandwich with nine wheat bread contains 250 calories and 3 grams of fat, including 0.5 g of saturated fat.
A healthy vegetarian option, Veggie Delite in nine wheat bread. This "bottom" contains only 2 g calories, does not contain 2 g total fat and saturated fat. It also has one of the lowest sodium levels (salt) compared to other sandwiches.
Subway also offers salads that can be a low-calorie alternative to a sandwich. All salads include lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, onions, cucumbers, green peppers and olives.
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2. Taco Bell
Taco Bell is another great fast-food chain with a variety of healthy options. The ability to personalize each order allows people to choose more vegetable-like nutrients.
According to Taco Bell's website, three-quarters of its menus are under 500 calories. Some of the lowest calorie options are the Fresco menu, which uses regular sauce and cheese instead of vegetable based salsa.
One of the healthiest options is Chicken Soft Taco. Each taco contains about 170 calories, 8 g fat, containing only 3 g of saturated fat.
Bean Burrito is a vegetarian option containing 11 g fat, 380 calories, including 4 g of saturated fat.
Vegetarian options are lower in fat than meat options.
Chipotle is a Mexican-style chain that specializes in tacos and burritos. Similar to Subway and Taco Bell, Chipotle allows people to customize their meals to include healthy choices.
Healthy options are burritos or white rice instead of white rice. In a chicken bowl bowl containing fresh tomato salsa and brown rice, there are 415 calories, 13 g fat and 4 g saturated fat.
For a lower calorie, vegetarian option, people can choose a plate of bean curd, brown rice and a sofritas patty with lettuce. It contains 365 calories, 10 g fat and 1.5 g saturated fat. Adding sauce will increase the number of calories.
McDonald's had the reputation of being unhealthy, but they recently reaffirmed themselves to offer a variety of fresh and nutritious ingredients. Some of these changes may be cosmetics, while McDonald's has better options.
Fillet-O-Fish contains 390 calories and 4 g of saturated fat from 19 g of total fat. Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad contains only 320 calories and 6 g of saturated fat from a total of 14 g.
5. Burger King
Burger King is one of the largest burger chains in the United States, but has a limited number of healthy options. But some choices are a little healthier than others.
It contains a normal, simple hamburger, 10 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, and 240 calories. Grilled Chicken Sandwich contains 470 calories, 3.5 g saturated fat and 19 g fat.
BK Veggie Burger can be a healthier option among these examples. Contains 2,5 g of saturated fat, 390 calories and 17 g of fat.
Baked potato with knife, sour cream and cheese filling on plate
Baked potatoes can be a healthy fast-food option.
Wendy is another common fast-food chain that allows people to personalize their orders to make their choices healthier.
The menu of the chain is not abundant in healthy options, but some meals are able to customize to lower the calorie content.
Salads are also available, and if a person chooses some of the half-size salad choices, they can stay below 500 calories.
With a few vegetarian options at Wendy's, Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potatoes