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overhead view of a carne asada after being grilled - half the meat has been sliced thin and grill marks can be seen on the other half
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4.5 from 2 votes

Carne Asada

Carne Asada is an easy recipe that you will fall in love with. Full of delicious flavor, this recipe will become a favorite for taco night!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Marinating Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 18 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: grilled beef, grilled steak, tacos
Servings: 6 people
Author: Lisa Longley


  • 2 pounds flank steak or skirt steak
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (the juice from one orange)
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 jalapeno diced small
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped


  • In a large measuring cup, mix together the ingredients for the marinade: olive oil, lime juice, orange juice, vinegar, salt, black pepper, garlic, jalapeno, and cilantro. Mix until smooth.
  • Add the flank steak to the a large mixing bowl or other reusable container. Pour the marinade over it. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hour or as long as 24 hours.
  • When ready to make, preheat your grill to high heat.
  • Remove the meat from the marinade and shake gently to remove the excess marinade.
  • Place on the grill and grill for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until desired doneness using an instant read thermometer. Please note that I think this meat is best when cooked to medium rare. Remove from the grill when an instant-read meat thermometer reads 140 degrees F; let the steak rest at least 5 minutes. The temperature will raise to 145 degrees, which is medium-rare.
  • Serve topped with more fresh cilantro and diced jalapenos, pico de gallo, or in tacos.