Carne Asada for #SundaySupper

by Renee on September 16, 2012

Carne Asada

Happy Mexican Independence Day! The Sunday Supper team is celebrating by sharing Mexican and Mexican-inspired recipes. I have been looking forward to this event as soon as it was announced. It gave me the perfect opportunity to make one of my favorite Mexican dishes, Carne Asada. It is what I order most often at a Mexican restaurant.

The marinade is full of fresh ingredients. No wonder the steak is so tasty. Fruit juice, olive oil, herbs, and spices come together in a very good way. What I liked most is that it is not salty. Carne Asada in restaurants had started tasting too salty to me lately. This recipe lets the natural flavors shine through. I can honestly say I liked it better than any I have had at a restaurant.

Making the marinade is super easy. It all goes in a blender. Traditional recipes call for a mortar and pestle. I do not have one so I winged it and used my blender. It is all supposed to be ground up and stirred together so why not let an electric appliance do all the work? The result is what matters. The marinade is adapted from a combination of two recipes from Food Network and Mexico: Food, Drinks, & More!!!

Carne Asada is simply a marinated grilled steak. It is typically skirt or flank steak. I chose skirt steak because it is the cut I see most often used in restaurants and it was on sale too. Skirt steak is inexpensive anyway and getting it on sale was a real bargain.

Now for the Mexican fiesta! Take a look at all these incredible recipes:

Sopas (Soups), Ensaladas (Salads), and Entremeses (Starters)

La Comida (the food)

Postres (desserts)

Bebidas (beverages)

So many great recipes! The Sunday Supper team is filled with incredibly talented food bloggers. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, each week I am inspired by what they bring to the table.

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. We love to pin recipes and photos so be sure to follow our #SundaySupper Pinterest board too.

What is your favorite Mexican food? Do you cook it at home? If not, I recommend trying to make it at home. I’m glad I did with Carne Asada. Now to decide on what the next Mexican dish I will tackle. Stay tuned…

Carne Asada

Carne Asada

  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • Juice from 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Pinch of salt
  • Few grinds of fresh cracked pepper
  • Skirt or flank steak

Place all the ingredients except the steak in a blender. Blend on high until combined. Place the steak in a large plastic zip top bag. Pour the marinade from the blender into the bag. Seal the bag and place in the refrigerator. Allow steak to marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Remove the steak from the refrigerator and allow it to get to room temperature (about 1 hour). Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Remove the steak from the marinade and grill the steak a few minutes on each side to desired doneness. Discard marinade. Transfer steak to a serving platter, cover, and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy.

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 16, 2012 at 4:38 am

I’ve only made carne asada once but you just reminded me that I need to make it again! :)

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Laura Hunter September 16, 2012 at 6:34 am

Carne Asada is my all time favourite. It reminds me of street tacos when I was down in Mexico.

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Renee September 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I can only imagine how great street tacos in Mexico must taste.

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Baker Street September 16, 2012 at 6:55 am

I’ve never made carne asada at home but it sure is perfect for a fiesta! I like how easy this recipe.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen September 16, 2012 at 7:33 am

In the last few years I´ve become addicted to barbecued skirt steak. This recipe is perfect for the upcoming season! Love it. Have a great sunday Renee!

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Cindys Recipes September 16, 2012 at 8:30 am

The flavors sound so good together, Renee!

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Katie September 16, 2012 at 9:49 am

What great flavors – my husband would LOVE this recipe!

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Amber September 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

I don’t care too much for meat – but your photo is sooo pretty, I might just dive right in! What a fabulous #SundaySupper meal!

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) September 16, 2012 at 9:59 am

Ummmm yum! That steak looks sooo delicious and flavorful, I wish I had some right noow!

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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina September 16, 2012 at 10:18 am

Aaaand I’m craving steak at 9 a.m. It’s all your fault! ;)

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Renee September 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Steak and eggs for breakfast! One hearty way to start the day.

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Chris Baccus September 16, 2012 at 10:27 am

Sounds simple and delicious. Great for tacos, burritos, tortas. Like Jen. I’m craving steak early in the morning thanks to this recipe.

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Renee September 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Steak is good anytime!

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Crazy Kwistin September 16, 2012 at 11:24 am

Yum, this looks awesome, I love Carne!!

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife September 16, 2012 at 11:35 am

Hubby would be in love with this! YUM!!! I mean I would be in love with it too, but you know what I mean! haha!

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Renee September 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm

I know what you mean Angie (smiling). I hope you make it for your husband (and yourself) soon.

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Elisabeth September 16, 2012 at 11:48 am

I love Carne Asada and haven’t had it in forever! I used to work at a Mexican restaurant in college and they served their CA shredded. We (the staff) would mix it with the queso and eat it as a dip with flour tortillas. Definitely not a healthy snack, but soooo delicious!

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Renee September 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I sliced my Carne Asada and made tacos with the toppings in the photo. It is good sliced or shredded.

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Beate September 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I also would opt for the electrical appliance :) – It sounds fantastic. Now I finally know how to make Carne Asada. Thank you :)

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Tara Noland September 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Oh, wow that would be great with the cumin!! Love it!!

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Patti September 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I can’t wait to try this marinade!

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Alaiyo September 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Congrats Renee! I saw your post on Chowstalker, and I think it’s great that you’re on their front page. I love the look of your dish, too, but you know I would replace the steak with perhaps a seared tuna steak. Do you think that would work?

Cheers,
Alaiyo

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Renee September 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I think it is a great marinade for more than just beef. I would give it a try. It is really good.

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diabeticFoodie September 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Carne asada is my husband’s favorite, but he agrees with you on the level of salt in most restaurant versions. Bookmarking this one!

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Anne P @ Webicurean September 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm

This sounds wonderful–I think I’ll give it a try tonight!

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chattering kitchen September 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Absolutely love steak. Have to try it with this marinade

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Sheila September 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm

That sounds like a wonderful marinade. I will have to try it soon. Thanks for sharing!

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Sheila Fretz September 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

This looks so amazing and delicious too!

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal September 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm

This marinade sounds great. I think this is a dish my hubby’s family will really enjoy. Will have to make it for them when we are up visiting next month.

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Momma's Meals September 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I’m always looking for something to make my Steaks different! This is great, thanks for sharing!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I love carne asada – it is one of my favorites to order out. I have never made it at home though. I will have to try this soon!

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Sheila Fretz September 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Looks amazing and delicious!

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Kim Bee September 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Dang girl this is amazing. I’ll be right over.

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Pam @ The Meltaways September 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm

This looks fabulous! So fresh and delicious!

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veronica gantley September 16, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I have never made this. I thought I was up on most things mexican. I am bookmarking this for sure!

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Heather @girlichef September 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm

You know what? Skirt steak is always my first choice for carne asada! This is definitely one of my favorite dishes…and yours looks mouthwatering!!

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Renee September 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Thanks a bunch Heather! That is a great compliment from you, our #SundaySupper Mexican fiesta host this week.

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Carla September 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Yum I love a good steak! For brown food, your photography still makes it colorful and appealing. It’s a tough thing to do.

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Renee September 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Thank you Carla. You have no idea how much that means to me.

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Liz September 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm

This sounds amazing, Renee! Grilled flank steak is on our regular meal rotation, so this is a must try! Happy #Sunday Supper!

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Family Foodie September 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I make Portuguese style Carne Asada and now I can’t wait to try it Mexican style. Love this recipe!

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Megan September 17, 2012 at 8:31 am

LOVE Carne Asada! Your marinade is awesome. Have to give this one a try soon!

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Jasi September 17, 2012 at 10:12 am

Okay so this is a magical day. It’s the second time I’m leaving the same comment. FANTASTIC ROUND UP! And way to credit and show a little love to other bloggers. Really well done. =D

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Sarah September 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I love carne asada! I prefer skirt steak over flank steak. I have yet to make a tender flank steak. In fact I just recently learned what cut on a bias against the grain means. lol. Flavors are fantastic and your dish looks wonderful!

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mjskit September 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Great carne asada marinade! It looks wonderful. I love the menu for this Sunday supper! It all looks delicious!

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Susan September 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm

So simple, yet so flavorful. Carne Asada is a great dish, and a great cut of meat too!

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Jamie (Mama.Mommy.Mom) September 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I love the citrus in the marinade. Keeps the flavors so bright and fresh!

Jamie @ http://www.mamamommymom.com

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sunithi September 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Lovely ! love the striped table cloth. Goes so well with the theme! Your pics are always awesome:)

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Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) September 22, 2012 at 3:45 am

We love carne asada! This looks like a perfect recipe for it, will definitely have to try it soon.

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