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Arrachera Carne Asada

Authentic arrachera carne asada is our favorite summer meal! Carne asada consists of thinly sliced ranchera meat or skirt steak that’s marinated and then grilled. If my husband had his way he would make it every week. It’s so delicious. Serve it with some warm corn tortillas and fresh pico de gallo.

Arrachera carne asada taco on a plate with beans and rice.

What is arrachera meat?

Arrachera is a cut of beef referred to as “skirt steak” that’s typically used for carne asada.

Carne asada translates to “grilled meat” in English.

Other cuts such as ranchera meat or flank steak also work great for carne asada.

If you have a Mexican meat market or “carnicería” nearby I highly recommend you get your meat there.

Your local carnicería will have a variety of cuts of meats to choose from such as diesmillo, arrachera, cecina and adobada just to name a few. These will all work fantastically for carne asada.

arrachera meat

Arrachera marinade ingredients

We will be marinating our arrachera in a delicious marinade before grilling to give it even more flavor.

Marinade ingredients for carne asada will vary between homes. These are the ingredients we like to use to marinate our meat.

  • Garlic salt (I use Lawry’s garlic salt. It’s the best garlic salt out there if you ask me)
  • Onion powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Black pepper
  • Lime juice (Freshly squeezed)

Put the arrachera meat in a large bowl.

arrachera in a large bowl

Then stir the seasonings and lime juice together.

Pour the carne asada citrus marinade over the meat and make sure to submerge the meat into the marinade so that its all covered in it.

Cover the bowl and stick it in the fridge to marinate for about 3 hours before grilling.

I don’t recommend you skip marinating as this will really boosts its flavor and tenderize the meat.

Keep in mind that lime juice is very acidic therefore you don’t want to marinate the steak for more than a few hours.

If left in the lime juice too long the meat will start to break down.

arrachera in a marinade

How to grill arrachera

Preheat your grill to a medium heat for 5 minutes.

Then put the marinated arrachera meat on the grill.

Marco, my husband grills his carne asada for about 5-7 minutes on each side.

He prefers his medium well.

Cooking time will depend on how thick the meat is.

You can cook yours according to your preference.

arrachera on the grill

When it’s done transfer the arrachera carne asada to a bowl and let it rest covered for about 5 minutes

Arrachera carne asada on a grill.

What to serve with arrachera carne asada?

While you can’t forget the warm corn tortillas and pico de gallo we also like to serve it with some traditional simple sides such as rice and beans.

And you can’t go wrong with a refreshing agua fresca such as this piña colada agua fresca.

Grilled carne arrachera recipe

I really hope you enjoyed this arrachera carne asada recipe!

Carne asada is the perfect summer food!

It’s great to make for get togethers and birthday parties and everyone loves it.

Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments below and don’t forget to leave it a rating.

Thanks for visiting, see you soon!

carne asada on a plate with rice and beans
carne asada on a plate with rice and beans
4 from 4 votes

Arrachera Carne Asada

Arrachera carne asada is the perfect summer food. Serve it with warm corn tortillas and fresh pico de gallo.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword authentic carne asada, carne asada
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 283 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 1 1/2 lbs skirt steak
  • 1 tbs garlic salt I use Lawry's
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup lime juice freshly squeezed


  1. Put the steak in a large bowl. Combine the marinade ingredients and pour over the steak.

  2. Cover the bowl and let marinate in the fridge for about 3 hours.

  3. Preheat the grill to a medium heat for 5 minutes. Then grill the meat for 5-7 minutes on each side.

  4. Then transfer to a large tray and cover. Let rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

  5. Serve with warm corn tortillas and pico de gallo.

Nutrition Facts
Arrachera Carne Asada
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 1859mg81%
Potassium 595mg17%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 53IU1%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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