This Carne Asada recipe is the real deal – traditional, but with a twist. Perfect for use in tacos, sandwiches or any other recipe you can think of!


  • ¼ bunch fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • 1 tbs black pepper
  • 1 ½ tbs kosher salt
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1 tbs chilli powder
  • 1 tbs Mexican oregano
  • ¼ tsp ground clove
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • ⅓ cup orange juice
  • ⅓ cup lime juice
  • ½ bottle of beer
  • one sliced orange and
  • one sliced lime to be added to the marinade
  • 2 pounds of beef, thin sliced

Grilled Carne Asada Recipe

Let’s begin with the marinade. For this you will need either a mortar and pestle or a food processor. Combine the dry ingredients (fresh coriander, black pepper, kosher salt, cumin, chilli powder, Mexican oregano, ground clove, fresh garlic cloves) along with some olive oil. Grind them in your mortar/food processor until you have a paste.

Transfer the paste to a different container. Pro tip: Do not use metal containers for acidic foods, because they will end up having a metallic flavor. To the same container, add ¼ cup of olive oil, ½ cup of red wine vinegar, ⅓ cup orange juice, ⅓ cup lime juice, ½ bottle of beer. Stir the ingredients.

Put the slices of beef in a ziploc bag, then add the marinade. Also add one freshly cut lime and half of an orange to the bag. The fruit slices will start breaking down during the marinating process and add to the flavor. Let the meat marinate in the fridge for 1 to 6 hours. It is not suggested that you marinate for longer than 6 hours, because of the acids that will start building up.

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Get your grill up and running. The meat will not cook for very long, and should start searing as soon as it touches the grill. Therefore aim for a very hot fire.

Grill until medium rare, with a nice char on the outside.

BONUS: Assembling a Carne Asada taco

You can make some killer tacos with this carne asada recipe! Warm up some corn tortillas, then stack two of them. Spread some avocado salsa, then add chopped pieces of carne asada. Add a piece of avocado, some coriander, salsa mexicana and Cotija cheese. Wrap the taco, and enjoy!


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