When it comes to our delicious pasture raised skirt, hanger, or flank steaks – a quick and easy marinade is the way to go! Showcasing classic Mexican flavors like lime, orange, and jalapeño, Carne Asada will quickly become one of your go-to recipes. Simply marinate the meat for at least 2 hours (up to 24 hours), whip up some taco shop style red salsa, and a fresh guacamole. Then, grab a beer and head out to the grill!
FOR THE CARNE ASADA
• 2 limes, juiced. 1 lime sliced into wedges for serving with tacos
• 5 cloves of garlic, minced or finely grated
• ½ cup orange juice
• Kosher salt to taste
• Fresh cracked pepper to taste
• ¼ cup avocado oil
• 2 tablespoons white vinegar (apple cider vinegar works too)
• 1 large jalapeño, minced
• 1915 Skirt Steak, Hanger Steak, or Flank Steak, cut in half crosswise if very long
• White corn tortillas, street taco size if available
• Cilantro, minced, for finishing
FOR THE SALSA
• 2 large tomatoes, cut into large wedges. Use 3-4 tomatoes if yours are smaller
• 1 fresh serrano chile, roughly chopped
• 4 – 6 dried chile de arbol (using 6 makes this good and spicy!)
• 2 cloves garlic
• Handful of cilantro, stems and all
• Juice of 1 lime
• Salt to taste
FOR THE GUACAMOLE
• 3 large ripe avocados, cubed
• 2 tablespoons red onion, finely minced
• Juice of 1-2 limes (I always use 2 because I love the flavor, but this also is a trick so your guac NEVER turns brown. If you use a lot of lime, you can make this hours in advance and pop it in the fridge. It’s even green and tasty the next day).
• Large handful of cilantro, finely minced
• 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
• Large pinch of salt
MAKE THE MARINADE
Remove steak from package and pat dry with a paper towel. Generously season both sides of the meat with kosher salt*
In a large gallon sized bag, combine all ingredients for the marinade. Add the steak and mix to ensure even coverage. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and up to 24 hours. Make sure to flip the bag over every once in a while, to keep the marinade from settling too much.
*why kosher salt, you ask? It’s less salty than classic table salt, doesn’t have additives that can cause a bitter aftertaste for some, and the larger coarse flakes are easier to pinch with your fingers. Easy to handle, hard to over salt! Read more at Bon Appetit.
MAKE THE SALSA
Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and pour into a large jar and refrigerate until ready to use. If it comes out too spicy for your liking, add another tomato.
MAKE THE GUACAMOLE
Add cubed avocados to large bowl, followed by the rest of the ingredients. Mash to your desired consistency with a fork
MAKE THE CARNE ASADA TACOS
Take the steak out of the fridge to let it come up to room temperature, about 30 minutes before you get cooking.
Heat an outdoor grill to high (alternatively, you can do this on a cast iron pan or plancha/flat griddle on your stove). Once your grill is up to temperature, remove steak from marinade, letting the excess drip off. Discard marinade.
Cook steak 5-7 minutes each side, or until desired internal temperature is reached (we love ours medium-rare, or 130-135°). Don’t forget the steak will continue to cook as it rests, usually by about 5 degrees. Once rested for 10 minutes, slice against the grain, then dice into small bitesize pieces.
Assemble your tacos – lightly toast tortillas over a gas range, outdoor grill, or simply warm them in the microwave using a tortilla warmer or wrapped in paper towels. Layer 2 tortillas per taco, add carne asada, and top with salsa, guacamole, and a sprinkling of cilantro. Serve with extra lime wedges on the side and dig in!
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Carne Asada recipe adapted from TheStayAtHomeChef.com