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grilled carne asada
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5 from 2 votes

Grilled Carne Asada

Grilled Carne Asada is Mexican comfort food at its best. This recipe gets a boost of authentic smoky flavor from the grilling with my favorite Cowboy Charcoal.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Marinating Time5 hours
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 people
Author: Derek Wolf



  • 2 Flank Steaks or Skirt Steaks
  • 2 tsp of Sea Salt to finish


  • 2 tbsp of Hatch Chile Rub (Or 1 tbsp Cumin, 2 tsp Sea Salt and 1 tsp Black Pepper)
  • 6 oz of Amber Beer
  • ¼ cup of White Vinegar
  • ½ cup of White Onion Diced
  • ¼ cup of Cilantro
  • 10 cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Navel Orange juiced
  • 3 Limes juiced
  • 1 Jalapeno sliced


  • At room temperature, score the outside of flank steak.
  • In a blender, add all ingredients for marinade and blend thoroughly.
  • Add flank steak to a glass container or plastic bag and fill with marinade. Let sit in the fridge for 2-5 hours.
  • Using Cowboy Charcoal, fill two chimneys full of coals, light and let preheat for 15 minutes. Pour coals into the grill, add a few chunks of Mesquite wood and place into one pile for direct cooking.
  • Add your steak to the grill and cook for 7-8 minutes per side or until it reaches 120F internal for medium rare. Once done, pull the steak off the grill and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Slice steak against the grain at an angle, top with sea salt and enjoy!


Grilled Carne Asada Pro Tips
  1. Don't skip scoring or poking the meat! These cuts allow the marinade to penetrate deeper. 
  2. For best results, don't marinate the flank steak for longer than 5 hours or you risk the meat becoming mushy. 
  3. My choice of wood from Cowboy Charcoal is mesquite. For less smokiness, try hickory or apple wood
  4. Slice steak against the grain and at an angle. This dual approach ensures a larger cut of meat with more flavor. 


Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 821mg | Potassium: 443mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1295IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg