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Carne Asada Marinade for burritos

A great carne asada marinade is the foundation of this popular Mexican classic.    The marinade has to accomplish two things, add flavor and tenderize the meat.  Since carne asada is made with skirt steak which is not the most tender of beef cuts the carne asada marinade is crucial.
carne asada marinade


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When I lived in Southern California, we would all get together to have a cookout and Carne Asada was always the star of the evening.   Carne Asada means “grilled meat” in English but its so much more than that.  Skirt steak that has been seasoned by a carne asada marinade.    And it’s then grilled with char and sliced against the grain, rolled in a heated tortilla with plenty of toppings.  It’s a little bit of heaven.
carne asada marniade
You could stand around the fire and eat that carne asada burrito with one hand and drink a beverage in the other.  It’s a great way to bond friends together or just enjoy the friendship.    We haven’t been able to find a great carne asada marinade since we left California.  You can have it shipped but that is kinda pricey.   So it came down to creating our very own recipe for the marinade.  And after several experiments, we came up with this blend.  It comes closer to any other I have ever tried and it brings back those great flavors from those great times with those great friends.
 To make the best carne asada burrito, skirt steak needs to be seasoned with a great carne asada marinade. And the marinade has to be rich enough to be the basis of the flavor and amount of tenderness of the meat.  Our simple marinade recipe may not sound authentic but just wait till you taste the finished result.    Just take one bite and you will think you are in dining in a Southern California taco shop.   It’s just delicious!

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Carne Asada Marniade

Skirt steak grilled over open fire with a homemade carne asada marinade 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Marinade Time4 hrs
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex Mex
Keyword: Carne Asada Marinade, Grilled Carne Asada
Servings: 6
Calories: 673kcal
Author: Evelyn



  • Rinse the steak and pat dry
  • In a medium bowl, combine the juice of 4 of the lemons, the minced bell pepper, garlic, jalapeños, teriyaki sauce, sugar and salt. Stir until sugar has dissolved.
  • Place the meat in a large marinade dish and pour the marinade over it
  • Slice the remaining lemon into thin rounds and place in the marinade
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2-4 hours or overnight.
  • Remove the meat from the sauce and dispose of the sauce.
  • Grill the meat over a medium high flame for 6-8 minutes on each side. The meat should be barely pink inside.
  • Remove from fire, let rest 5 minutes, then slice into diagonal strips against the grain of the meat.
  • Serve in tortillas and garnish with avocado slices and plenty of pico de gallo


Calories: 673kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 1159mg | Potassium: 1219mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 281IU | Vitamin C: 61mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 7mg


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Sunday 12th of July 2015

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

Linda Anderson

Saturday 11th of July 2015

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

Jamie Sherman

Friday 23rd of January 2015

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!

KC the Kitchen Chopper

Tuesday 20th of January 2015

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

Platter Talk

Tuesday 20th of January 2015

One of our favorite dishes!