Lisa's Favorite Carne Asada Marinade Recipe -
Lisa's Favorite Carne Asada Marinade Recipe
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Lisa's Favorite Carne Asada Marinade

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"I've tried many marinade recipes for carne asada, and this is our family favorite!"

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Original recipe makes 1 1/2 cups marinade Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    1 day 40 mins


  1. Combine the orange, lemon, and lime juice in a large glass or ceramic bowl along with the garlic, soy sauce, chipotle pepper, chili power, ground cumin, paprika, dried oregano, black pepper, and cilantro. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until marinade is well combined. Remove one cup of the marinade and place in a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for use after the meat is cooked.
  2. Place the flank steak between two sheets of heavy plastic (resealable freezer bags work well) on a solid, level surface. Firmly pound the steak with the smooth side of a meat mallet to a thickness of 1/4 inch. After pounding, poke steak all over with a fork. Add the meat to the marinade in the large bowl, cover, and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
  4. Remove the steak from the marinade and grill to desired doneness, about 5 minutes per side for medium rare. Discard used marinade. Remove meat from heat and slice across the grain.
  5. Pour the one cup of reserved, unused marinade over the hot meat and serve immediately.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 18, 2009

this was fabulous. I did it it in the crock pot and the meat was like butter!! delicious!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 16, 2010

This was okay, it was very citrusy. I wished more of the spice flavors came through.

Jul 07, 2009

Ok, so initially (upon first bite) I was taken aback by the overpowering citrus flavor. As I continued to eat, it got better. I don't recommend this as a piece of meat by itself, but rather, shredded or chopped for tacos or burritos. You talk about a SUPERB taco meat?!?!?!?!!!! OUTSTANDING!!!!!! It made enough that I have a sigificant amount left for freezing to be used for tacos again down the road. Thanks for this recipe!

Mar 09, 2009

Thanks Lisa for sumitting this recipe.The meat came out juicy, flavouful and tender,this marinade is very similar to what they use at carnicerias (mex. butcher's shop).The only changes i made was to omitt the soy sauce and I also added chopped green onios to the marinade,very good will use many times.

Apr 08, 2012

This was my first time making carne asada for the whole family and I have to say it came out delicious. It came out so good that I have now become in charge of the meat for future gatherings. I call it my secret recipe. Little do they know I got it from All recipes. YUMMY!

Jun 02, 2009

I could not find canned chipotle peppers, so I substituted 1 tsp. Tabasco Chipotle Sauce. I marinaded the steaks for 36 hours, cooked them on a "George Foreman" style electric grill and they were wonderful.

Feb 18, 2009

Great flavor. I used chipolte peppers in adobe sauce, I don't know if that made a difference but it was great. Plus I added some crushed red pepper. Best tasting flap meat I ever had. I marinated it 24 hours.

Jan 11, 2010

This is so similar to a fajita marinade from the Food Network. It is wonderful for fajitas. Try it, you will love it. The chipotle is in adobo sauce in a can.


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  • Calories
  • 207 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5.7 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 25 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 14 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 15 g
  • 30%
  • Sodium
  • 640 mg
  • 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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