4.6 from 12 votes

Authentic Carne Asada Recipe

Carne asada simply means “grilled meat”, but there is nothing simple about this authentic carne asada recipe. The meat is marinated in a rich fragrant mix, then grilled to develop its distinctive charred flavor. This recipe can be served as an entree or into tacos; both options are crazy good and such crowd pleaser! As a staple of Mexican cuisine, carne Asda is more than just a dish – it’s an experience!

Carne asada on the grill

Carne Asada celebration

Whether enjoyed in a taco, or shared with friends and family, an authentic carne asada recipe never disappoints. It is synonymous of celebration and joy. As the event itself approaches, it becomes hard not to feel transported to a sunny Mexican plaza. It definitely embodies the warmth, hospitality, and friendliness of our people. Carne Asada is truly a delightful dish that brings people together!

grill with charcoal

Video Tutorial

Below is my easy to follow video tutorial on how to make this Authentic Carne Asada. It will give you an additional in-depth knowledge and the visuals of the step-by-step process to enhance your understanding. You will also find the video down in the recipe card.

Side dishes

As if this recipe was not already amazing, you can also add some delicious vibrant accompaniments. First of all, no carne asada is complete without a Mexican salsa. It is a must for the dish. Also add some equally delicious frijoles. You can further the explosion of goodness with a Mexican white rice recipe. And as a finishing act, do not forget the tortillas.

Authentic Carne Asada Recipe

Recipe by Villa Cocina
4.6 from 12 votes
Course: EntreesCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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Making an Authentic carne asada recipe is an entire event. Carne asada simply means “grilled meat”, but there is nothing simple about its flavors. The meat is  marinated in a rich fragrant mix, and then grilled to develop its distinctive charred flavor. This recipe can be served as an entree or into tacos; both options are crazy good and such crowd pleasers. This dish will turn moments into memories through every bite you take. Everyone will love you for it!


  • 2 lbs Flap steak or skirt steak (about 1/2 inch in thickness)

  • 1/3 cup olive oil 

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce.

  • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar

  • 1/4 cup orange juice

  • 1/3 cup lime juice

  • 4 garlic cloves, grated

  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

  • 1 1/2 tsp chipotle powder

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1 tsp cumin, ground

  • 1 tsp Mexican dry oregano


  • In a medium bowl: combine the olive oil, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, orange juice, lime juice, grated cloves, chopped cilantro, chipotle powder, onion powder, ground cumin and oregano. Whisk to combine. 
  • Place the meat inside the marinade and Mix it in to ensure it is completely covered. Cover tightly and place in the refrigerator until ready to grill, at least one hour (see notes below).
  • Heat outdoor grill to high heat.
  • Place the meat over the hot grill. It should sizzle. 
  • When it browns and develops grill marks, go ahead and flip. Allow the other side to do the same.
  • For best results in doneness, use an insert thermometer to check the internal temperature. My preferred choice of doneness is medium well and the internal temperature should be at 150F degrees. About 6 minutes per side. 
  • Once done remove from the heat and let it rest for about 10 minutes. When ready cut against the grain. 
  • Serve as an entree or serve as tacos. 

Recipe Video


  • Marinade the meat one hour before grilling. The meat could end up slightly cooking from the acidity, if left in the marinade too long.
  • A thicker cut of meat will give you enough time to obtain grill marks and achieve your choice of doneness.
  • I prefer red oak wood for the flavor but you can definitely use charcoal if desired.
  • The meat should rest after grilling, this ensures juicy meat. 
  • When ready to slice, cut against the grain for a tender piece of meat. 
  • The soy sauce is salty enough to flavor the meat, but feel free to add salt if needed.
  • Pair this Carne asada with Guacamole and Authentic Salsa
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