This easy and delicious grilled Carne Asada Marinade recipe uses traditional flavors like orange and lime. Make authentic street tacos and burrito bowls in no time!
This is the only Carne Asada Marinade Recipe you will ever need! Authentic carne asada flavors come together to make this flank steak perfect for burrito bowls or street tacos.
Host a fun party with this recipe. So easy, you can marinate the steaks ahead of time and then just grill about a half an hour before serving. This recipe was featured in my Easy Taco Bar post, which has a lot of great ideas on items to accompany your Mexican-Style buffet.
What is Carne Asada?
Carne Asada is a traditional Mexican dish that involves flavoring flank steak with ingredients such as lime, orange, garlic, and onion. Once the flank steak is grilled, the serving possibilities are endless.
If you’ve never had carne asada before, it is great on top of salads, in burritos, or do the traditional way in street tacos with guacamole and pico de Gallo.
Traditional Carne Asada Marinade Recipe
What I love about this recipe is that it’s super easy to put together. All you need to do is apply the marinade, let the steak sit, then grill and eat. Be sure to allow about 3-4 hours for the steak to marinade if possible.
Firstly, place the flank steak in a large ziplock bag or shallow glass plate. I like to use ziplock bags because the marinade can be easily moved around. Plus, it’s easier to store in the refrigerator.
Then, add the marinade ingredients to the steak. You can make the marinade in a bowl or just add everything to the bag. To make sure I have squeezed all of the juice from the limes and oranges, I love to use my Zulay Lemon Lime Squeezer. Try to marinade for at least 4 hours or overnight.
You can either grill this recipe on a barbecue or on the stove. Either way this is delicious! If grilling, cook on medium high heat for about 5 minutes per side. Be sure not to overcook the meat. You want it to register about 130-135 on a thermometer to know it’s done.
Remove the steak and let it sit, covered, for at least 5-10 minutes before slicing against the grain into thin strips. The meat will be juicy so make sure you are carving on a board that has rivets to allow for juices to pour into.
Serve with tortillas, guacamole, salsa, tomatoes, refried beans, and sour cream. What I love about serving carne asada tacos is that guests can serve themselves and add in whatever toppings they like.
Let guests make their own street tacos. Serve with flour tortillas and corn tortillas. So yummy! Enjoy!
Hope you love this recipe. Be sure to comment below if you try it. Enjoy!
Carne Asada Marinade
- 3 pounds flank steak
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 limes, juice and zest
- 1 large orange, juice and zest
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- Place the flank steak in a large ziplock bag. In a bowl, whisk together the remaining marinate ingredients. Pour the marinade into the bag with the flank steak. Close and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Heat grill to medium high heat. Add the flank steak and grill 5-7 minutes per side. Set aside and cover with foil. Let sit 10 minutes before slicing. Slice against the grain in long thin pieces.