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Sliced carne asada that is blackened on the outside from grilling, but red and juicy in the middle.
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5 from 7 votes

Authentic Carne Asada

Carne Asada. This grilled flank steak is marinated in a flavorful mix of orange and lime juice, spices, onion and garlic. Smokey, juicy, and tender this meat is perfect for using in tacos, burritos, salads and more!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Marinating Time4 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex Mex
Servings: 8
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Serene


  • 1½-3 lbs flank steak
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup lime juice freshly squeezed
  • ½ bunch cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 orange sliced
  • ½ white onion sliced


  • In a small bowl combine the orange juice, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, and seasonings. Stir together. Will be thick.
  • Coat the meat in the marinade. Place on a tray, in a bag, or container. Top with orange slices and onion. Cover and refrigerate for 4-24 hours.
  • Preheat grill to 400°F. Remove the extra oranges and onion from the meat. Grill for 3-5 minutes. Then turn and cook the other side an additonal 3-5 minutes.
  • Check the temperature of the meat in the thickest part. Rare: 115℉ -120℉ Medium Rare: 120℉ - 125℉ Medium: 130℉-135℉ Well Done: 140℉ - 145℉.
  • Remove the meat from the grill when desired temperature is reached. Cover with foil and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Slice meat thinly against the grain and serve.



Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 922mg | Potassium: 433mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg