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Authentic Carne Asada

Authentic carne asada is our favorite summer meal!

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.

carne asada taco on a plate with beans and rice

What is carne asada?

Carne asada translates to grilled meat in English.

It’s our favorite thing to make during the summer as it’s easy and doesn’t dirty up the kitchen.

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

Whenever we want carne asada we always go to a nearby carnicería.

They have a variety of meats to choose from such as diesmillo, arrachera, cecina and adobada just to name a few.

This time we chose to do arrachera which is a skirt steak.

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


Marinade ingredients for arrachera

  • 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 in a large bowl.

arrachera in a large bowl

Then stir the seasonings and lime juice together.

Pour it over the meat and make sure to submerge the meat into the marinade so that its all coated in it.

Cover the bowl and stick it in the fridge to marinate overnight or for at least 6-8 hours before grilling.

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

arrachera in a marinade

Preheat your grill to a medium heat for 5 minutes.

Then put the marinated arrachera 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 it to a bowl and let it rest covered for about 5 minutes

grilling carne asada

What to serve with carne asada?

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

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

carne asada on a plate with rice and beans

I really hope you enjoyed this authentic 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 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
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Authentic Carne Asada

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 overnight.

  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
Authentic 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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