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Monday, January 19, 2015

Carne Asada

When I lived in Southern California, we would all get together to have a cook out and Carne Asada was always the star of the evening!! 
 Carne Asada means "grilled meat" in English but its so much more than that.  Seasoned skirt steak, grilled with plenty of char and sliced against the grain, rolled in a heated tortilla with plenty of toppings! 
 You could stand around the fire and eat it with one hand and enjoy the friendship.    I do miss these because I have never found any carne seasoned exactly like that since I left California.  I have had it shipped to me but that is kinda pricey.   I have experimented with so many recipes but this blend comes closest than any I have ever tried and brings back those great flavors from those great times with those great friends!

Carne Asada

  • 3 Tablespoons of red bell pepper, minced
  • 5 medium lemons
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can (7oz) of pickled sliced JalapeƱos
  • 1 bottle (10 oz) teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 3 lbs of skirt steak (or flank steak)
  • 12 whole grain flour tortillas
  • 2-3 avocados
  • Pico de Gallo
1. Rinse the steak and pat dry
2. In a medium bowl, combine the juice of 4 of the lemons, the minced bell pepper, garlic, jalapeƱos, teriyaki sauce, sugar and salt. Stir until sugar has dissolved.
3. Place the meat in a large ziplock baggie and pour the marinade into the baggie.
4. Slice the remaining lemon into thin rounds and place in the baggie.
5. Seal the bag and work the sauce into the meat with your hands.
6. Place the baggie containing the meat into a bowl, and refrigerate for at least 2-4 hours or overnight.
7. Remove the meat from the sauce and dispose of the sauce.
8. Grill the meat over a medium high flame for 6-8 minutes on each side. The meat should be barely pink inside.
9. Remove from fire, let rest 5 minutes, then slice into diagonal strips against the grain of the meat.
10. Wrap the meat into the tortillas and garnish with avocado slices and plenty of pico de gallo
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Other dishes you might enjoy:
Skinny Green Chicken Enchiladas

Red Enchiladas Chihuahua Style

Baja Fish Tacos


  1. I love carne asada and yours look so healthy and full of great flavor!

  2. It's so amazing how a dish can bring back such great memories of fun times with friends.

  3. I had my first "street taco" after moving to Phoenix ..... how have I lived 30-something years without this deliciousness?! Needless to say, I am hooked on all things carne asada now! Seriously, it is the best stuff ever - I may even invent a few new ways to eat it! The taco truck guy is going to know my family on a first name basis soon - we stop every time we see him out! :D I love that you shared your version - I can't wait to give it a try!

  4. My husband RAVED about this. Claimed it was the best marinated meat he had EVER eaten.

  5. I am so glad he enjoyed this Carne!! Thanks so much for letting me know, love feedback like this!!


Thank you so much for your sweet comments:)))