Thursday, May 5, 2011

Carne Asada Marinade

Today is Cinco de Mayo so I wanted to share a Mexican recipe with you.

Carne Asada (or Pollo Asada)

This is a great marinade for steak. You can use it for chicken, too, Pollo Asada. Use skirt steak or flap meat, but any thin cut steak would work. This recipe is for up to 4 pounds of meat. Plan ahead because the meat will need to marinate for several hours. You can use 4 pounds of chicken breast meat also.

The dry seasoning combination in this recipe also is great for Chili.

1 - Lime juiced
1 - Lemon juiced
1/2 Cup - Orange Juice
2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
1-l/2 Tablespoons Dried Oregano leaves
2 Tablespoons Ground Cumin
5 Cloves of Garlic chopped
1/2 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
4 Tablespoons Olive oil
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 Bunch Cilantro, chopped (not stems)

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together then pour the marinade into a 1-gallon ziploc bag.
  2. Add meat, seal and massage marinade into meat. If you don't have a ziploc bag you can put the marinade in a shallow baking dish and add the meat and massage the marinade into the meat and cover with plastic wrap.
  3. Marinate in bag for up to 24 hours, turning and massaging frequently. 4-6 hours for beef and 2-4 hours for chicken would work fine, also.
  4. Grill to medium rare for beef and of course for chicken till it is cooked thoroughly. It wasn't grilling weather when we made this so I just cooked it under the broiler for about 8 minutes on each side. It was well done. For rarer meat adjust the cooking time.
  5. Serve whole portions with rice and beans, sliced, or diced for tacos or burritos!


  1. I love carne asado and will try your version of marinade soon.

  2. How ironic, I was just searching through a cookbook at Ollie's yesterday for a recipe for Carne Asada. This is one of our favorite Mexican foods; which we order locally at our favorite Mexican Restaurant.

    Thank you,

    I am going to try this one for sure! Just to mention it would be really nice if each one had their name under their picture / Just a thought

  4. that was me forgot to enter my Name Sorry

  5. Your website is absolutely wonderful! I look forward to seeing the new recipes every day and I love that the recipes take everyday ingredients. Thanks so much for the work you ladies put into this. You are an inspiration!
    Marla from Virginia

  6. Thanks for the recipe! This looks really good and with ingredients on hand.

  7. Your new header looks just wonderful with all of you ladies in your aprons. After reading this blog for a year or so, I feel like I know you fairly well, so the group picture is very meaningful to me.


    Jo in MN

  8. Ooo, I'm always up for a new marinade recipe! And I do love me some Mexican!!

    Just wanted to let you know that I think your new header is WONDERFUL! I LOVE IT!!!

  9. This sounds delish. I am a vegetarian but I would use this with well pressed extra firm tofu but would only marinade for 2 hours max and then grill. mmmmmm

  10. I will try this very soon. Your rub sounds wonderful. Thanks for dropping by and leaving your very kind comments.

  11. Oh wie lecker!In Brasilien essen wir immer carne assada.Beijos.Lu,