My sister lived in South America for a time, and one of the recipes she got from a friend there is this delicious Authentic Carne Asada. Carne Asada is one of my favorite things to order at a Mexican restaurant because it’s just so good! You’re going to be so happy with this recipe, and that you can make your own delicious Carne Asada in your own kitchen. While you’re at it, take things up a notch and make these Homemade Flour Tortillas. Buen provecho!
The simple flavors of cumin, garlic, salt, and pepper highlight the thin cuts of beef, and whether pan-seared or grilled over your grill, you just can’t go wrong with this mouth-watering Authentic Carne Asada.
When my sister gave me this recipe, she also sent me traditional side dishes that are typically served with it. The Ecuadorian Lentil Stew is a little time-consuming but well worth it. It takes the place of the more traditional refried beans you would have at a Mexican restaurant. Instead of serving this with typical Oven Baked Spanish Rice, my sister gave me another authentic recipe for Ecuadorian Yellow Rice. Making all three of these together and wrapping them in a homemade tortilla is literally like heaven on earth.
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Step-by-step pictures for how to make authentic carne asada
Frequently Asked Questions About Making Authentic Carne Asada
What cut of meat should I use for carne asada?
Skirt steak is a great cut to use or any thin lean cut of beef. I can usually find thinly sliced flank steak at my grocery store.
if i don’t have fresh garlic, can i use garlic powder?
I have never tried it with garlic powder. The fresh garlic really adds a depth of flavor I don’t think you’ll get with powder.
what’s the best way to cook carne asada?
Either on your grill on in a frying pan. Either way, the thin cuts cook very quickly so you need to watch it closely to not overcook.
does the meat need to marinate?
Not exactly. This recipe uses a paste, not a marinade. The recipe does suggest letting it sit for at least 30 minutes with the paste before cooking.
can I cut the meat into strips instead of leaving it in flat pieces?
Yes. This will make it difficult to cook on the grill, but if you’re going to be cooking in a frying pan, this is a great option. Cut the meat before adding the rub/paste and proceed to follow the rest of the recipe as normal.
what are the best things to serve on the side with carne asada?
Ecuadorian Lentil Stew, Ecuadorian Yellow Rice, and Homemade Flour Tortillas. We also like to squeeze lime wedges over our carne asada. Homemade Re-fried Beans and Oven Baked Spanish Rice are also another super tasty option!
- 2 lbs thinly sliced beef steaks (about ¼ inch thick)
- 6 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- Mix the garlic, salt, cumin, and pepper in a small bowl to make a paste. Apply the paste evenly over the sliced meat. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes.
- Heat your grill or prepare a sautee/frying pan on the stove by heating it and adding a small amount of oil.
- Cook the seasoned meat, being cautious not to overcook. The thin pieces will only need a minute or two on each side.
- Serve with your favorite sides, a squeeze of lime, and enjoy!